Rules For Blood Donation: Why is a drunk person not allowed to donate blood?


Rules For Blood Donation: A person who has consumed alcohol is not allowed to donate blood. What is the reason behind this, and what effect does it have on the donor and the receiver, you can know the answers to all these questions from the doctor here in this article.


Blood donation is called Mahadaan. To make people aware and encourage them, every year 14th June is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day. According to a report published in Economics Times, every year 12000 people lose their lives in our country due to not getting blood on time.

In such a situation, you can save someone's life by donating blood. But do not think of doing this courageous act after drinking alcohol. In this article, you can learn why this is so from Dr. Meet Kumar, Clinical Director, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Marengo Asia Hospital, Gurugram.

Information may be wrong due to a lack of consciousness

Consuming alcohol weakens your ability to think and understand. Before donating blood, your health information is taken in the examination process. If you are intoxicated, you may have trouble giving the right answer. Giving wrong information can increase the risk of infection or other complications for you or the patient.

Dehydration problem

Alcohol causes dehydration. It is important to stay adequately hydrated during blood donation. Dehydration can cause dizziness, fainting, or other problems.

The quality of blood is affected

Alcohol content affects blood quality. Alcohol-contaminated blood can be harmful, especially for patients with weakened immunity or those who are seriously ill. It can increase the risk of blood infection.

Risk to the health of the donor

Donating blood with alcohol puts additional pressure on the body. The body, already busy digesting alcohol, finds it difficult to prepare itself for blood donation. This can increase the pressure on the heart and other organs, which can harm your health.

Make the right decision, save lives

Do not consume alcohol before donating blood. You can save the lives of others only by staying healthy. Wait at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol to donate blood and stay fully hydrated.