You may have read the news recently about weight loss surgery patients being at higher risk of drug and alcohol addiction after their surgery. A recent article in the Daily Mail made reference to research at Queen Mary University in London that showed this.
The new research, while useful, isn’t ‘new’ news.
We know that food is a major part of weight loss surgery patients’ lives. In some cases, they use it as a coping strategy. Weight loss surgery can remove that crutch with the result that some people will turn to something else to help them cope.
It’s for this reason we pay close attention to how much alcohol patients imbibe each week before they go ahead.
The risk is small for most people but something to be mindful. Most responsible providers will collect information from you about alcohol before you proceed and counsel you about this, if necessary.
The Daily Mail article referred to gastric band patients but the risk is probably as high, if not higher, for a sleeve and bypass patient.
Don’t let this put you off the weight loss surgery that can change your life, but pay attention to it.
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