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Bariatric surgery significantly alters your anatomy, especially if you’ve chosen to have gastric bypass surgery. It’s not advisable to consume any alcoholic beverages in your post-surgical life. There are a few compelling reasons for this. First, alcohol contains lots of calories with little nutrition. The calories won’t help you reach your weight loss goal, and the alcohol will take up space in your much smaller stomach that could otherwise be occupied by nutrient-dense, healthy foods your body needs.

Second, either type of weight loss surgery can affect how your body absorbs alcohol. Researchers have found that post-surgery patients absorb alcohol much more quickly. This means they become intoxicated more quickly and maintain high blood alcohol content for a longer period of time. Furthermore, Alcohol is the cause of major health risks and conditions; including and not limited to: Pancreatitis, Gastritis, Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, Liver cirrhosis and failure, …, and to know bariatric patients are at a higher risk of developing alcohol dependency. Choosing to abstain from alcohol eliminates all of these potential problems.

Bring your questions to your consultation at Bariatric Care Centers—a leading weight loss clinic in Houston. Call us at 713-339-1353.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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