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Will I be able to drink alcohol after weight loss surgery?

It is important to recognise that alcohol is a source of ‘empty calories’, that is calories that do not contribute to your overall nutrition. The key is to drink in moderation (and to avoid fizzy alcoholic drinks that might over-stretch your stomach). You can have a drink, but remember that it will undermine the effect of the operation if you drink too much.

Also, after a gastric bypass, you will absorb alcohol much more quickly than you currently do, so less alcohol will produce more of an effect! If you have a degree of alcohol dependency, we may advise that you abstain from alcohol after bariatric surgery because the combination of increased absorption and alcohol dependency could result in serious harm to your health.


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