Study: Bariatric Surgery Could Lead to Alcohol Dependance
A new study suggests that some bariatric surgery patients develop alcohol dependance.
Dr. David Creel with the St. Vincent Bariatric Center says the results mainly come from gastric bypass patients. He says they've just completed their own study of 400 patients about seven years after surgery and about five to six percent of those patients had signs of alcohol use disorders. "It's not like we're seeing a majority of folks. It's a small percentage but the idea that this is a new problem for some people speaks to the idea that maybe they're more sensitive to the alcohol."
Dr. Creel says the reasons for this new onset of alcohol dependance can include the change in the digestive tract after the surgery and also patients using alcohol instead of food as an emotional coping mechanism. He adds that gastric bypass patients can also absorb alcohol more quickly and can feel the effects after just one or two drinks.