Community Discussion Forum Adults and PKU Odd Question

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    I’m 21 years old and I honestly don’t know much about PKU. I don’t have PKU, but my best friend does. He is also 21 and we’ve been friends since elementary school. I’ve been doing a little research on PKU but there is only one thing I need to know and I can’t seem to find it. Can you drink alcohol if you have PKU? I know it’s a weird question but I drink and I feel bad because my friend doesn’t think he can because of the PKU. Is there anyway around it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Avatar of Breanna

    From what I know he can drink. Except, like with everything else he eats or drinks he would have to measure it. Then again I’m only 16 so I can’t even drink yet so you might want to wait to hear what some other adults with PKU say. nBreanna 16 Classical PKU

    Avatar of Kristie

    Yes, your friend can drink alcohol!! I don’t know if your friend is on the diet or not, but there is phe content in some alcoholic beverages, the highest being in beer, a little bit of phe in wine (really not much). Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, all that stuff is phe free!! Bottoms up!!
    Also, a lower phe alternative to beer is hard cider (5 phe or .3 exchanges in 8 oz.), and the lowest phe beer that I know of is Michelob light (12 phes or .8 exchanges in one can). Our livers may be lacking phenylalanine hydroxylase, but they can metabolize liquor!!!

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