yep i'm afraid IBS and alcohol certainly don't mix. I like to go out drinking every now and then and this messes up my guts for a couple of days afterwards. I know this will happen, but yet i still do it - i guess it's a choice you make. I like it when i'm out, but the day after I suffer for it, i think at some point i might give up alcohol alltogether.
But if i do go out drinking, i usually take an immodium beforehand,i probably shoudn't do this but at least i know i'll be ok that night - sometimes i think it is just nice to 'escape' your situation (which for me is IBS) by going out and socialising/drinking.
Whatever quantity i drink, my guts don't seem to like it - tho sometimes i can have one or two without any problems - some IBSers can even drink a small amount on a regular basis with no negative effects - it depends on the individual. I think the type of drink also matters, some might be able to handle a pint of beer but not a glass of wine for example.
Alcohol is a tough one for people with IBS. When I am in the mood to drink I can handle shots of hard alcohol. As long as it is not too much. Too much of any alcohol will throw an IBSer through the ringer. (I guess that goes for "regular" people too. ) Socially I can only handle girly stuff... like Kaluha & Cream because it coats my stomach or Daquiris. Anything mixed is generally safer. Wine gives me heartburn and beer, if I liked it, would leave me super bloated and gassy. Beer seems to be hard on IBSers because of the carbonation and maybe even the yeast.
Alcohol is pretty much like Russian Roulette with us.
Post Edited (Hoshinoko) : 1/28/2012 1:22:46 AM (GMT-7)