14 things to never lie to your doctor about
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14. How much you drink
"How many drinks do you have a week?"
The answer will vary, depending on if you're hanging out at home with family or on holiday with your best friends, but what your doctor is trying to understand is your habits.
This is especially essential if you ever need surgery, as alcohol abuse can have permanent damaging effects to your liver that may increase bleeding, according to neurosurgeon Dr David Poulad.
"Alcohol abuse can also cause patients to go through withdrawal during a hospitalisation. Alcohol withdrawal can manifest with seizures and needs to be recognised in order to be treated appropriately. If we know about a history of alcohol abuse, we can treat a patient prophylactically to avoid this possible complication," he explains.