Alcohol and a Popular Painkiller

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Story Updated: Nov 5, 2013

If you're planning on enjoying a cocktail or two...you may want to make sure you're not combining it with acetaminophen.

A new study shows that the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen...even in small doses- may be bad for your kidneys.

Researchers used data from more than 10-thousand people who took part in a large national health survey.. They analyzed information about alcohol consumption, use of acetaminophen and other health conditions.

Neither taking a therapeutic amount of this over-the-counter pain medicine...nor light to moderate drinking was a problem for the kidneys when done separately.

But when taken at the same time...the risk of kidney dysfunction went up 123-percent!

The researchers say while anyone who uses acetaminophen products should be mindful of these findings. they are especially concerned about young adults who tend to drink more alcohol.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with information that can help keep your family healthy.

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