Can You Drink Alcohol After Weight Loss Surgery?

Can You Drink Alcohol After Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery is a great option for many people. It can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and even boost your confidence. But one thing that most people don’t talk about with their doctors is whether they should drink alcohol after surgery. That’s because while drinking can contribute to weight gain, and may increase some risks of post-surgery complications (like dumping syndrome), it doesn’t seem harmful in general if you’re following doctor’s orders carefully. So what does this mean for patients who have had weight loss surgeries? Should we all just stop drinking altogether? And if so, when do we start drinking again?

Weight loss surgery basically makes alcohol hit you faster and harder, so drinking isn’t a good idea.

Weight loss surgery basically makes alcohol hit you faster and harder, so drinking isn’t a good idea.

Alcohol affects the liver, which is the body’s detoxifying organ. When you drink too much alcohol (or have it in your system), it can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, which is when scar tissue builds up around your organs and tissues due to excessive damage from toxins being produced by your liver over time. This condition can cause people who have it—like those who had weight loss surgery—to experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as well as fatigue or depression; these symptoms may persist for weeks after stopping drinking for a period of time before their bodies return back into balance again without needing any medical attention at all!

But you should still probably avoid alcohol after weight loss surgery.

As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid alcohol after weight loss surgery. This is especially true if you’re going to be on an oral anti-obesity drug or have undergone gastric banding.

The reason for this is simple: the band can cause problems with your body’s ability to process food and liquids, which will increase the risk of complications such as dehydration and vomiting. Alcohol also tends to make people eat more because it relaxes them; however, since many people who achieve weight loss through bariatric surgery are already big eaters before their operation—and often still feel hungry afterward—they may end up eating more than they need even after they stop drinking entirely. If you do choose to drink alcohol while recovering from bariatric surgery (or any other type), make sure that no one else has access to any beverages besides yours; otherwise, there’s a good chance someone will steal yours!

You can start drinking again six to 12 months after surgery.

You should avoid alcohol after weight loss surgery because it can cause a lot of health problems. Alcohol is a liquid that’s found in many types of alcoholic drinks, like beer, wine, and liquor. It contains calories and causes your body to gain weight if you drink too much of it.

If you want to drink again after surgery, wait at least six months before starting again with light-to-moderate amounts (1-2 drinks per day). If possible, try not to start drinking until 12 months after your procedure—this will give time for your body’s metabolism to recover from surgery so that it doesn’t have any problems metabolizing alcohol in the future.

But even then, it’s best to stick with wine and beer.

If you’ve had weight loss surgery, the first thing to know is that alcohol is not a good idea. It can cause many problems for people with GERD—and even more so if they’re also trying to lose weight.

Alcohol has been linked to heartburn and other GI issues because it stimulates acid production in your stomach by increasing gastric motility (the amount of time it takes food to move through your digestive tract). The increased acidity causes stomach discomfort; however, your body needs this reaction in order to break down food properly. Alcohol acts like an antacid on an empty stomach, which can cause bloating and gas during those first few days after drinking before your body has adjusted itself fully back into its usual state of balance (which is why you should wait at least two weeks before drinking again after surgery).

You should also talk to your doctor about certain risks of drinking, like GERD and dumping syndrome.

If you are considering drinking after weight loss surgery, it’s important to talk with your doctor about the risks involved.

  • GERD: Alcohol consumption can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a condition where stomach contents are rapidly emptied into the small intestine. This can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in some patients.
  • Dumping syndrome: In addition to GERD, dumping syndrome may occur after eating due to rapid emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine (the duodenum). The symptoms include abdominal pain and distention followed by nausea and vomiting that often lasts between two minutes and six hours if left untreated; however continued vomiting can lead directly into dehydration due to loss of electrolytes through urine production.[citation needed]

Most weight loss surgery patients shouldn’t drink alcohol at all.

Most weight loss surgery patients shouldn’t drink alcohol at all. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more and can cause dehydration. It also has other side effects like weight gain and bloating, as well as heartburn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery recommends that post-surgical patients avoid “moderate amounts” of alcohol because they could potentially increase bloating or gas in the stomach or intestines after eating. This can lead to acid reflux due to the high acidic content of beer or wine during digestion—which can damage the esophagus if left untreated!


We hope this article was helpful in answering some of your questions about what to do after weight loss surgery. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure, we encourage you to visit our website for more information and resources on how to prepare for it. We wish all our patients only the best!



Emma is a health enthusiast, skilled blogger, and website manager dedicated to promoting primary health and wellness through Vital Primary Health.

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