How long should I wait to drink alcohol after chemotherapy is all done?

Both chemotherapy and alcohol can be considered a drug. It is very important that the effects and side effects of all drugs/chemicals be monitored. There are many types of chemotherapy. Different chemotherapies can affect cells at different times in the cell cycle. In addition, different chemotherapies remain in your body for different lengths of time. The National Cancer Institute publishes a very informative booklet titled Chemotherapy and You. According to the information in the booklet Chemotherapy and You, alcohol can interact with the effectiveness of some drugs or increase the degree of side effects. Individuals receiving chemotherapy should drink less alcohol or avoid alcohol completely during treatment. It is very important to discuss drinking any alcoholic beverages with your doctor both during and after your treatment.