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#1 LusanSusan


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:25 AM

Hi. Just curious if anyone on here can tolerate beer after having wls. Don't misunderstand. I have no plans to have a beer for a long time. And I know the hazards of alcohol so don't need a lecture. Just wondering if it will ever be possible to have a few sips or up to one beer on a Friday night after work again occasionally.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:32 AM

My hubby had gastric bypass in 2010 and after a year decided to try a beer.   He's had no issues with it as long as he drinks it slowly so as not to build up too much gas.  It doesn't take much to get a buzz though and he only drinks 1 or 2 tops on a weekend evening.


I don't care for beer myself and stick to the occasional glass of wine, which I can tolerate just fine.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:40 AM

A year post op of VSG..I've reintroduced social drinks - beer, wine and booze.... Before surgery my preference was beer, then wine and NEVER booze. Beer now makes me feel as if I've swallowed a bowling ball - even if I drink it very slowly. Wine is ok- but never more than about half of a glass. For me, the best case is vodka and cranberry juice with LOTS of ice. One doesn't make me too loopy, nor does it make my stomach feel terrible. I've not had a lot of experience dabbling, so for what it's worth - if you do decide to bring it back... do it at home and start without bubbles. Obviously with RNY the juices and mixers are going to be full of sugar - so be careful!

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

I've come to the conclusion that if you are going to drink, you may as well accept the fact that you may not reach your goal in a timely fashion.   Period.


I've had a few cocktails over the last year and I know that had I not had them I would be further along.  It's useless, empty calories that do absolutely nothing for our health.  I gave it up and don't miss it.  My weight loss picked back up after giving it up, too.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:39 PM

I can drink 1 to 1 1/2 over a long time. Usually get a glass of ice as i can't drink it fast enough. Wine sits ok. I have had that smirnoff light flavored vodka mixed with mio, but can tolerate only 1 drink. I usually just pass, but this is what i have had so far. Haven't been drunk or tipsy with any of it.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:58 PM

I posted yesterday about a reaction after drinking Smirnoff Ice. Thought I was going to need hospital.

Some people handle it better than others. Carbonation is rough, although I can drink a little soda sometimes.

The biggest issue is VERY FAST intoxication. I'm talking a spinning kind of buzz after a few sips. Easy does it-at least for me.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:04 PM

I think the carbonation would be a bigger problem than the alcohol, per se.  But I was never a beer drinker pre-op, and I wasn't about to start after surgery.  You'll just have to conduct your own experiment and let us know.  An occasional ( I think I've had 2 occasions since surgery 13 months ago) glass of wine doesn't hurt my pouch, although I did get "buzzed" pretty quickly.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:42 PM

I have been a drinker since before I have been legal to do so and for me I havnt lost a tolerance by much and can drink all the same things I could before. I'm only about 5 mounths out and have a Few drinks a week .I'm not saying its ok but from my experience I've been able to tolerate it....

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:33 PM

Yes, I've been a bad girl. :ph34r:

I mentioned in another post that I need to avoid alohol a bit more.


I can tolerate some beers and some not. I don't order one for myself most of the time but take a sip of hubby's or friends to taste.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:00 PM

i have no issues with beer or any other kind of alcohol

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:11 PM

No worries, I'm not judging. Legit curiosity.

I did have a few sips here and there as I was mentioning in another thread. Gave me a burning sensation in the esophagus all the way to the pouch. The carbonation mixed with the alcohol is the culprit, IMO. Ended up with a slight head ache and a bit of a buzz. Keep in mind, this was from only a couple if small sips.
Yeah ... My alcohol tolerance pretty much went down the drain. As Happy-Camper mentioned, it's not worth it because of absolutely no real nutritional value.



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:56 PM

I tolerate beer but never have liked it much. I prefer white wine now or a bloody mary.


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