If you have more than a a couple more than a few "adult beverages" a day, you are at a higher risk for complications after surgery than light drinkers and people who don't drink at all so says a review of studies done on this matter. Over time heavy drinking can effect the immune system causing increased infections, slow the rate of wound healing and other not-so-good things.

So, if you're scheduled to, "go under the knife," in more than four weeks, you just might want to rethink that "one for the road."

Has you doctor ever suggested you quit smoking or drinking before surgery?  Did you listen to the advice?