Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Abuse

Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Abuse

 According to a certified alcohol and drug counselor, an unintended consequence of gastric bypass surgery is the increased risk of alcohol abuse. Laura Lagge of New Dawn Recovery in Citrus Heights, California, told News 10’s Live Online viewers that she is seeing more women struggling with alcohol abuse after having gastric bypass surgery for their weight problems.

After the surgery, she said, alcohol enters a person’s system more quickly and the effects are stronger. "If you are considering gastric bypass, tell your doctor truthfully about how much alcohol you currently drink," she said. Once the surgery is done, patients must reduce the amount of food and beverages they consume or face serious health consequences, such as alcohol abuse.

Lagge added that alcoholism and addiction is a disease that strikes all kinds of people, regardless of age, race, economic standing, gender, or education." She continued, "Having the disease does not mean you are immoral, weak, or defective," and that recovery is a gradual process, like any other chronic disease.

If you’re wondering if you have a drug or alcohol problem, Lagge suggested considering the following questions:

1. Have you ever felt you should cut down or try to control your drinking or drug use?

2. Have you ever felt guilty or bad about your drinking or using drugs?

3. Do you ever use drugs or alcohol in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover? Do you use drugs or drink daily or weekly? Do you use prescription medications more often than prescribed?

4. Are alcohol or drugs sometimes more important than other things in your life, such as your family or your job?

5. Do you find yourself lying to your spouse, your kids, or your employer to cover up your drinking or using?

6. Have you ever switched from one type of drug to another to either prove you’re not addicted or to help with withdrawal symptoms from another drug?

7. Have you had problems with your job, relationship, finances, legal issues, or health due to your drinking or drug use?

8. Have friends or family members expressed concern for you about your drinking or drug use?

9. Have you gone to work or driven while intoxicated or in a drug-induced haze?

10. Do you sometimes stay drunk or high for days at a time?

11. Do you need more alcohol or drugs in order to do something (start the day, have sex, clean the house, socialize) or to change how you feel?

12. Do you need more of the drug or alcohol in order to get the same
effect?

13. Are you uncomfortable when you have to be somewhere where no alcohol or drugs will be available?

Lagge said if people answer yes to two or more of the above questions, "they are at the very least abusers” and would benefit greatly from seeking treatment.

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