Drinking alcohol after weight loss surgery
Welcome to Mexicali Bariatric Center. Today I would like to talk to you about another very popular question, “can I drink alcohol after my surgery?”. The answer is yes, definitely not immediately after surgery. You need to wait at least until you are on solid food. We recommend 3 to 6 months after surgery that you start considering having a drink now and then… on occasion and in moderation.
Now, there are several things to consider. If you are experiencing reflux, please do not start drinking, it will make it worse so avoid that. Another thing to consider is: alcohol has a lot of calories! So you might want to do the math and figure out if your having a few drinks and how many calories are in those. It may not be worth it. Finally, definitely alcohol will have a greater effect in your body, no doubt about that. Some studies suggest if affects you four times as much, but definitely it will affect you more. Take your precautions, never drink with an empty stomach.
Another recommendation we have: it does cause acid. If you know you are drinking tonight, in the morning you may take acid inhibitors and a few hours before drinking take another dosage, it will help you protect your stomach against the acid. Now, of course these are just recommendations regarding the physical aspects between alcohol and bariatric surgery. This has nothing to do with the psychological and emotional reasons on why would someone drink after surgery. I would leave a psychologist to talk about. But please drink responsibly, and of course never drink and drive.
I hope this helps and hope to see you soon For more information remember to visit mexicalibariatric.com or call us toll free at 888-344-3916.