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Alcohol abuse linked to weight-loss surgery
- By: Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I’m starting to believe I am becoming one of these statistics. Unfortunately, I cannot locate any recovery or support group information other than AA. I’m just not convinced they are going to understand that my 1 or 2 drinks a day are making me an addict. Not to mention how extremely these 2 drinks affect me.
Dear Fearful —
Some people can be alcoholics at 1 drink a day. Many other drinkers are what my colleagues call “almost alcoholics.” You might be interested in checking out their new book, Almost Alcoholic.
I am a recovering alcoholic. Please don’t concern yourself with what others may think of you at AA. The only requirement for membership in AA “is a desire to stop drinking.” Try a meeting or two. Listen for the similarities you have with others as they share their stories. Also, please reach out your hand. I’ll bet it will be greeted by another hand.
Very good information..alcohol is very bad for health but now i come to know after weight loss surgery is alcohol is very bad. thank u for sharing this information.
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Smoking and consumption of alcohol is bad for your health and when you are or have been though a surgery excessive smoking or excessive consumptions of alcohol are dangerous and can prove fatal to your life. Hence, it is very important to keep in mind that you stop smoking and alcohol consumption if you plan to go for obesity surgery in few months.
got good information after reading your article, Thanks for your post. Keep writing.
alcohol is surely have no any benefits for body, they just good for medicine items. I wonder, why people always drank them even though it made body in bad condition 🙁
I am still not convinced entirely that alcohol abuse occurs in patients who have weight loss surgery. There have to be other factors not yet discovered that work in combination as the cause.
I don’t know, may be this situation is because the people try to replace their food addiction with alcohol in unconsciousness way.
I strongly agree, Anthony. My sister become a heavy smoker after she had lost 100 pounds, now she is skinny as a toothpick. Any suggestion?
People with morbid obesity are truly benefits from a quick solution to their extreme obesity. After such an operation would be a preventive alcohol workshop about how to drink sensibly might be able to automatically part of the aftercare.
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