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Warning: Alcohol intake after Gastric Bypass can be dangerous under certain circumstances

When a person ingests alcohol after gastric bypass surgery it is transferred to the blood stream at a much faster rate than usual. This occurs for 2 reasons: 1) the small intestine has the capacity to take up alcohol much faster than the stomach, and 2) the alcohol is not mixed well with a larger amount of food. Because of this, the blood alcohol level rises at a much faster rate in someone with a gastric bypass. If the person has several drinks in a row he or she could suffer alcohol toxicity. Also, it would be much easier to become legally drunk, and therefore, impaired if that person intends to drive an automobile. Even 1 drink can result in a person with a gastric bypass being “legally drunk.”

Our recommendations are the following:

1) Take alcohol in moderation. Limit drinking to much less, at a slower rate, than before the operation.

2) Do not drink alcohol before driving.

3) Do not take alcohol with any medications

* Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results may not be representative of the experience of others. Testimonials are voluntarily provided and are not paid, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefits in exchange for said statements. The testimonials are representative of patient experience but the exact number of pounds lost and experience will be unique and individual to each patient.

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