Can Alcohol Cause Hypothyroidism?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Can Alcoholism Cause Hypothyroidism?

Yes, alcoholism can cause hypothyroidism. Alcoholism is a form of malnutrition, and it impairs the body’s ability to absorb and use nutrients, including iodine. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormone, so when iodine levels are low, the thyroid gland doesn’t function properly and hypothyroidism can develop.

If you’re struggling with alcoholism, please seek help from a medical professional or a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous. quitting drinking is essential for your health and well-being.

Resources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/alcoholism/can-alcohol-cause-hypothyroidism#1

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/iodine-topic-overview#1Yes, alcoholism can cause hypothyroidism. Alcoholism damages the liver, which is responsible for producing thyroid hormone. This damage can lead to a decrease in thyroid hormone production, resulting in hypothyroidism. Alcoholism can also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone replacement therapy, making it less effective.

If you think you may be suffering from hypothyroidism, it’s important to see your doctor for a diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism and you think alcoholism may be the cause, please seek help from a treatment center specializing in alcoholism.

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