Kidney Disease

Research has reported that excessive alcohol consumption may damage kidney function and can also worsen kidney disease. Other research has also found that alcohol consumption has been associated with decreased risk of kidney cancers and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The National Kidney Foundation states that “drinking alcohol can affect many parts of your body, including your kidneys. A little alcohol—one or two drinks now and then—usually has no serious effects. But drinking too much can harm your health. It can also worsen kidney disease.”

They add that “too much alcohol can also affect your blood pressure. People who drink too much are more likely to have high blood pressure. And medications for high blood pressure can be affected by alcohol. High blood pressure is a common cause of kidney disease. More than two drinks a day can increase your chance of having high blood pressure.”1

The National Institutes of Health explains some of the reported potential protective effects, stating that “alcohol consumption has also been associated with decreased risks of kidney cancers, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in multiple studies. However, any potential benefits of alcohol consumption for reducing the risks of some cancers are likely outweighed by the harms of alcohol consumption.”2

Find research articles and learn more at PubMed:


  1. Alcohol and Your Kidneys | National Kidney Foundation
  2. Alcohol and Cancer Risk Fact Sheet – National Cancer Institute