Bariatric Surgery May Boost Risk For Alcohol Abuse

Posted on June 22, 2012


Healthy eating and physical activity are the two important methods of treating overweight/obesity.

When a person is obese , that is a body mass index of 30-40, these methods may not be enough.

If the person’s health is severely affected and other methods failed, surgery is a next method of choice.

Bariatric surgery is one surgical procedure for treating obesity.

At a recent study, researchers found that bariatric surgery can be boost the risk of alcohol abuse.

For the study they assessed alcohol consumption pattern of 1,945 patients undergoing bariatric surgery:
1- Within 30 days before surgery
2-1 year after surgery
3- 2 years after surgery

70% of participants had the Roux-en-Y procedure
25% had lap banding
5% other less common procedures

Participants completed an audit to identify alcohol abuse and dependence.

The researchers found that at two years after surgery 11 % of the patients who underwent the Roux-en-Y procedure reported problematic changes associated with alcohol consumption, 7% had reported alcohol abuse disorder(AUD) before the procedure.

They found no changes among those who underwent gastric banding.

In the Roux-en-Y procedure a small stomach pouch is created and connected to the small intestines.

Here is a link to read more on this study–common-form-of-bariatric-surgery-may-boost-risk-of-alcohol-abuse-study.