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Double Trouble: Unexpected Result of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Double Trouble: Unexpected Result of Sleeve Gastrectomy

College Times says the top three movies to watch when you’re tipsy are Superbad, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We say, if you find yourself binge-watching them, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re already one drink over the line.

But that doesn’t mean you’ve lowered your standards or lost the remote. It might be that after a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, your tolerance of alcohol plummeted.

A study reveals that after sleeve gastrectomy, women can become legally intoxicated if they consume half the number of drinks it takes for women who haven’t had the surgery to register as drunk. Two drinks have the effect of four or five! And this comes along with research showing similar results for women who’ve had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. (This reduced alcohol tolerance probably holds for men, too, because the body’s enzymes that process alcohol would be greatly reduced in anyone who’s had the gastric sleeve operation.)

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates more than half of the 193,000 bariatric procedures in the U.S. annually are sleeve gastrostomies; 80 percent of those patients are women. That’s a five-fold increase in the number of these operations from 2010 to 2015.

So, male or female, if you’ve had weight-loss surgery, ask your doc about the possible changes in digestion of food and alcohol. Respect the constraints this operation establishes for your daily habits—then you’ll reap the amazing benefits of the gastric sleeve.

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