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Why Alcohol Is Bad After Bariatric Surgery

How will life change after your bariatric surgery on Long Island? In more ways than you might imagine. You already know to expect boosted energy, better health, and improved self-confidence. But along with these come changes in your habits.

One of those changes will be to your alcohol intake, assuming you currently imbibe. Let’s cover the key facts about drinking after bariatric surgery.


Directly After Surgery, Alcohol Is a Big No


For the first months after surgery, your stomach will still be healing. During this time, you need to take great care not to do anything that could harm the surgical site or lead to ulcers. This includes consuming alcohol.

Keep in mind that bariatric surgery is not meant to eliminate all the little pleasures of life. This ban on alcohol is temporary. But even once it is up, it might not always be a good idea to combine bariatric surgery and alcohol.


The Type of Surgery Impacts Your Ability to Drink


Some bariatric surgeries do more than just change how much food your stomach can hold; they also alter the small intestine. These procedures include gastric bypass and the duodenal switch. With these surgeries, the small intestine will absorb more alcohol into the bloodstream than pre-surgery. This can lead to rapid intoxication and make alcohol poisoning more likely.

This doesn’t mean that individuals who get these surgeries can never drink again. However, if they choose to, they must take more caution. Consume fewer drinks, go for those with lower alcohol content, and don’t drink very often.


Three Risks of Drinking After Bariatric Procedures


No matter what bariatric surgery you get, there are certain risks with drinking alcohol. The three biggest are as follows:


Alcohol is a Diuretic


This means that alcohol pushes the body to expel water. After bariatric procedures, proper hydration is essential. Drinking alcohol can put you at risk of dehydration, especially when coupled with poor water consumption.


Alcohol Can Cause Irritation


Your stomach lining is going to be a lot more sensitive after your bariatric surgery. When alcohol comes into contact with the interior of the stomach, it can cause significant irritation, especially when there is little food present to help lessen the reaction. This can even lead to ulcers, which are high risk for bariatric patients.


Alcohol Is Addictive


For many people seeking bariatric surgery, they are battling a food addiction. The addictive properties of alcohol mean that it is easy for someone to just swap one addiction for another. While you can drink alcohol after surgery, you need to exercise great caution.

Bariatric surgery does improve your overall health, but you need to be prepared to make the right changes. To learn more, contact Clarity Surgical.