Why Drinking Problems Develop After Weight Loss Surgery
Researchers say there are a number of reasons why alcohol abuse can begin after weight loss surgery.
If you have had Weight Loss Surgery, keep an eye out for any changes in how and when you drink.The procedure can increase the risk of alcohol use disorder.And that can happen even years after Weight Loss Surgery, according to new research published this spring in an online issue of the journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).One in 5 people who’ve had bypass surgery met the study definition for the disorder at some point within five years of their surgery, even though they hadn’t had a problem in the year before their procedure.
What researchers discovered
The research team was led by Wendy King, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.They assessed nearly 1,500 people who’d had Weight Loss Surgery, one, two, three, four, five, and seven years after the procedure.By the second year, King told Healthline, “We found an increase in drinking frequency and problems. There were people affected for the first time each year.”The team used a standard 10-item test to ask people about their drinking and its consequences in the previous year.