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