Alcohol after surgery

on 7/1/21 6:19 am

How long after surgery before you had your first glass of wine or any alcohol at all? And did you notice a difference in how the alcohol affected you?

on 7/1/21 8:04 am
RNY on 02/14/18

I didn't have any alcohol until I was at goal.

It's very impactful, half a glass of wine make me tipsy.

My program strongly recommends not drinking, ever, and they say that you should only drink with people you trust with your life because you will be drunk faster, on less alcohol, so much more impaired than you realize. It's a sobering perspective for sure (pun intended).

There have been many people that have developed an alchohol transfer addiction so that's something to be aware of it.

I will have a glass of wine or a ****tail at my choice but I do choose carefully, I put it in my plan if I do and I still adhere to the eating/drinking rules re: 30 minute wait times.

HW: 306 SW: 282 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19) CW:150


on 7/1/21 9:22 am

Thank you very much for your insights!

on 7/1/21 12:48 pm, edited 7/1/21 5:49 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I was about three years out the first time I had a drink (it was wine - maybe two glasses?). I have maybe four glasses of wine a year now. But alcoholism runs in my family, I know I have an addictive personality, and I'm very aware of the risk of transfer addiction within the bariatric community, so I'm pretty careful. And yes - it hits you really fast when you're post-surgery. It pretty much goes right into your blood stream...

on 7/6/21 7:37 am

Alcoholism runs in my family too so I am careful to not drink often but I like to have an occasional glass of wine. Transfer addiction scares me.

on 7/1/21 1:59 pm
VSG on 08/17/20

I've had opportunities to drink such as my Uncles funeral, but I decided to quit alcohol altogether. This month will be a real challenge as I will be vacationing to a hotel casino and alcohol will be everywhere. I'm pretty confident in my ability to turn down drinks, plus I'm not near my goal weight.

on 7/6/21 7:40 am

Quitting alcohol might just be what I will do! Enjoy your vacation!

White Dove
on 7/1/21 4:37 pm - Warren, OH

My friend's daughter had weight loss surgery and became a full blown alcoholic afterward. She has lost her husband and children, been in jail, and been in various rehabs. Nothing helps. She did not drink before surgery. There is a substantial risk of this happening if you drink alcohol after weight loss surgery.

It is dangerous and can lead to premature death. Your tiny stomach reduces your ability to control the effects of alcohol. Here is some information to read and consider.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 7/6/21 12:55 am

Thank you for your post, I am not going to take the risk!

on 7/6/21 7:52 am

I am so sorry to hear that. I posted a few minutes ago that alcoholism runs in my family. So far I have not had an issue but the fact that I posted and asked about it might just be a red flag. Thanks for your post and for the link.