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When can you drink alcohol after a juice cleanse?

Juice cleanses have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to detox and reset your body. By consuming only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a set period of time, the goal is to flood your body with nutrients while eliminating toxins, processed foods, and other unhealthy elements from your diet.

While juice cleanses can provide many benefits, the return to a normal diet – including alcohol – should be gradual. Here is some guidance on when it’s safe to drink alcohol again after completing a juice cleanse.

Allowing time for your body to adjust

After a juice cleanse, it’s best to wait a full day before consuming alcohol again. This allows your body time to slowly adapt back to solid foods. Introducing alcohol too soon can be a shock to your system and undo the cleansing effects.

During a juice cleanse, your liver gets a break from metabolizing alcohol and other substances. When the cleanse is over, ease back into drinking alcohol slowly. Have just 1 drink during your first alcohol consumption, and limit intake to 1-2 drinks that day.

Reintroducing alcohol in moderation

In the days and weeks after finishing a juice cleanse, continue being mindful of only consuming alcohol in moderation. Binge drinking or over-consuming alcohol can irritate your digestive system, which is still stabilizing after the cleanse.

Try to limit alcohol consumption to 2-3 days per week. On days you do drink, have just 1-2 servings of alcohol. Avoid excessive intake by pacing yourself, drinking water between alcoholic beverages, and stopping after 1-2 drinks. This more moderate approach can help your body comfortably readjust.

Listening to your body

Pay close attention to how your body responds when you start drinking alcohol again after a juice cleanse. Signs of trouble can include:

  • Bloating or abdominal discomfort
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Changes in mood
  • Nausea

If you experience any concerning symptoms, consider stopping alcohol consumption for a few more days. This gives your system more time to stabilize and avoid side effects.

Avoiding potential interactions with medications

If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, be mindful of potential interactions with alcohol after finishing a juice cleanse. Some supplements like antibiotics, antihistamines, diuretics, acetaminophen and antidepressants can be impacted by alcohol.

Check with your pharmacist or health care provider about any medications you take regularly. Ask if alcohol consumption could interfere with the effectiveness or side effects. You may need to refrain from alcohol for a longer period of time.

Choosing clean eating and lower sugar alcohol options

While reintroducing alcohol after a cleanse, opt for the healthiest drinking choices possible. Dry wines, clear spirits like vodka and tequila, and light beers have lower sugar and calorie counts.

Pair alcoholic drinks with clean eating choices like fresh salads, lean proteins, whole grains and vegetable side dishes. Avoid greasy bar food, sugary mixers and other less healthy options.

Staying hydrated

Proper hydration is especially important if you are consuming alcohol after completing a detoxifying juice cleanse. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, causing fluid loss, so it’s essential to drink plenty of water.

Consume at least 8 ounces of water for every alcoholic beverage. Adding slices of citrus, cucumber or berries can help replenish your body’s vitamin and mineral stores as well.

Using caution if you have certain health conditions

People with certain medical conditions need to be particularly careful with reintroducing alcohol after a juice cleanse. These include:

  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcers
  • Acid reflux
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Depression or anxiety disorders
  • Diabetes

For those with existing health issues aggravated by alcohol, it’s best to avoid drinking altogether after finishing a cleanse. Or limit intake to just 1-2 drinks on occasion if approved by your healthcare provider.

Avoiding alcohol if pregnant or breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, refrain from consuming any alcohol after completing a juice cleanse. There is no proven safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy due to risks like miscarriage, stillbirth and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Alcohol passes freely into breastmilk, so it’s also recommended to avoid drinking when breastfeeding. Consult your OB-GYN or midwife for personalized advice.

Transitioning from a cleanse with healthy habits

In addition to reintroducing alcohol carefully, focus on maintaining the healthy habits you implemented during your juice cleanse. Continue emphasizing fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats in your diet.

Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, implement stress reduction practices, and get enough sleep. These lifestyle measures can help support your body as you transition back to a normal diet.

When to consult your healthcare provider

Get guidance from your healthcare provider about transitioning back to alcohol consumption if you have any medical conditions or are taking medications that could be impacted. Be sure to ask:

  • How long you should wait before drinking alcohol again
  • What a safe amount of alcoholic intake is for your situation
  • Which types of alcohol are best choices
  • What side effects to watch for

Your doctor or nutritionist can offer personalized recommendations so that adding alcohol back in does not undermine your cleanse progress and health.


After completing a juice cleanse, patience is essential when reintroducing alcohol. Allow your body time to readjust before drinking alcohol again. When you do opt for a glass of wine or beer, stick to just 1-2 servings spaced out over the week. Pay attention to any symptoms and be prepared to abstain again if needed. With a thoughtful approach, you can transition smoothly while still enjoying the benefits of your detox.

Days after cleanse Alcohol consumption recommendations
Day 1 No alcohol
Day 2 No more than 1-2 servings of alcohol
Day 3 and beyond No more than 1-2 servings of alcohol 2-3 days per week