Why is alcohol so bad?

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   Posted 1/1/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious.  I use to drink a lot in college, quit for 10 years and started up again, just one a night.  How awful is that?
dx 9 years ago, mom of 15 year old just dx.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
It dehydrates you and it's hard on the colon.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Also hard on your liver, which you will need to process your IBD medications, which are also hard on your liver.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 12.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The way you positioned your question....No, alcohol is not awful IF you drink responsibly and keep it to a minimum. And if you only drank one night, then it IS no big deal.

The question is, why did you quit completely for 10 years and decide to start again? Was there a problem that caused you to quit? Are you in recovery and had a slip? If this is the case, then a night if drinking after 10 years of sobriety has bigger ramifications.

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35 year old female (newly married) - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Imuran, Zoloft, Seroquel & Ativan as needed

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   Posted 1/1/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I can handle a glass or two of wine without trouble most of the time. Beer is a no-no for me, but then I have that stupid wheat-allergy thing going on which might explain that. Hard liquor is also a bit of a no-no, but one mixed drink every so often is no big deal.

You know your body. Pay attention and you'll know when you need to lay off for a day or two. Otherwise, I say enjoy!
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(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
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   Posted 1/2/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with patientspiders. Know your body. Test the waters (or gut) and see how it goes.

When things are good, I'll have a beer or a glass of wine. I think in the past few years, the most I had in a day was 4 beers. I felt like I was rolling the dice though. When things feel a little "off", I wouldn't gamble with the chance of adding alcohol to the party.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well for me it's a no no with my meds. I think it tends to be hard on the guts anyway, and with taking so many medications I don't need anything else being hard on the old liver.

Just isn't something I feel I need to do anymore I guess. It just isn't worth any complications.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 1/3/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing well with Humira for the last few months, and even better by doing the SC diet the last month. Then I had a glass of wine on New Year's Eve. Big mistake. I've had bloating and stomach pain since then. I never had a problem with beer or wine before, but don't believe I'll be partaking in it again anytime soon.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
You know...just to spice things up and provoke thought, I have to admit that sometimes 1 or two glasses of wine or beer actually make me feel BETTER than before drinking. I think I have a bit of a stricture somewhere, so im not sure how the alcohol plays a role, it could just be the extra fluid flowing things along better, or even the slight buzz that reduces pain. And i know alcohol is bad for ulcers/liver/colon, but i think a very small amount MAY be beneficial to some folks. There is even a verse in the bible about drinking a small portion of wine for an upset stomach (1 timothy 5:23). Again, if staying away from it helps you, then by all means do just that.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't drank in years myself. It just doesnt agree with me anymore. But thats just me:)
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm guessing your school never participated in the DARE program...

Or that you've had a family of alcoholics... //-_-\\
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
All Great posts, thanks!
Actually, I did have a problem drinking in college.  I am on antidepressants now and that seems to take away the urge to drink to cope.  NOt to mention I am much older and wiser.  I quit for 10 years because I had a baby every other year and nursed them all. 
Long line of alcoholics in my family.  In the past year and a half I have not had more than 2 in one evening.  I know deep inside that I should not play with fire, having so many relatives who are recovering alcoholics, but it is just nice to have one before bed.  I don't drink outside the home or ever step foot in a bar- that would be bad news. 
DX in 2000,  on Pentasa only :)
daughter age 15 newly dx with Crohn's

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