Alcohol addiction and metabolism that usually follows a weight loss surgery such as gastric sleeve surgery, is a topic widely discussed over surgery symposium like the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium 2012.
There seems to be a close connection between gastric sleeve surgery and alcohol since many people having undergone a bariatric surgery have showed a strong tendency towards alcohol intake in order to bring back the feeling of satisfaction they once had when consuming food.
However, how true is that gastric surgery can result in alcohol abuse?
In order to come up with solid evidence and answers a study was held at patients, who run alcohol metabolism tests before and after 3-6 months after their gastric sleeve surgery and it became clear that their alcohol level increased by 0.07 with the same amount of alcohol intake.
As for alcohol metabolism, it seemed that needed about 50 minutes to reach zero patients before their surgery, and much longer after they had their bariatric operation.
Furthermore, people experienced different intoxication symptoms in time, after their operation, which were not the same among patients. As a result they had managed to identify them and take the necessary measures to avoid the negative effects of alcohol.
When dealing with the role of gastric surgery and alcohol in patients issue like alcohol addiction also come up. Relevant research indicated that patients’ drinking habits showed an important differentiation.
It seems that they would consume fewer amounts of alcohol at one time and throughout the week.
Moreover, a patient’s weight loss wasn’t affected by the individual’s drinking habits prior to the operation and the final result showed no significant difference in alcohol abuse.
As a matter of fact, the alcohol abuse levels have dropped from 21% to 17% after the patients’ operation.
Bottom line, although some patients might run increased risk of developing a drinking problem for the time period that follows their surgery (about 2 years), there is no substantial evidence that there is any connection between gastric surgery and alcohol that could lead to alcohol abuse.