Anyone continue to socially drink after being diagnosed with CD?

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   Posted 3/5/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
So I am currently taking Pentasa and Entocort like I mention in a previous thread. I spoke to my doctor and he advised me that I can occasionally drink a couple of beers but I just can't take advantage of it. I'm not a big drinker (usually only drink at parties or while tailgating) but I just wanted to see if anyone out there continues to enjoy the occasional social drink while dealing with CD.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
When im not flaring, I like a few beers. Doesn't bother me. some wine is always good. Never bothered me if i was hydrated at most.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink socially. There are some alcoholic beverages that seem to cause me more GI "unrest" than the others. I like a good beer a couple times a year and haven't had a problem. Really sweet drinks do seem to cause me more distress.
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   Posted 3/5/2010 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually have a couple drinks each week. If I have more than a couple of beers, I usually don't feel too great the next day. Hard liquor seems to be a bit better, but neither is bad enough for me to quit drinking.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup! I drink more than I probably should to be honest but my liver function has remained fine since diagnosis, I find that I have to take extra codeine for diarrhea as alcohol does seem to stimulate my system. My doctors are cool with it. Their main concern is that I should be able to live my life as normally as possible and do all the things that other people my age do, I happen to love clubbing and socialising and as long as my body is still tolerating alcohol fine and my liver function stays normal then I'll keep on with the drinking.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the occasional drink, but I dont like beer so I have my Bicardi and coke, every now and again! I dont over do it.I probably only have 2-3 when I do have it, and any more than that and my stomach doesnt know what to do!
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
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loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
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   Posted 3/6/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   
i have a sip of wine at christmas and thats pretty much it. I end up with hangovers from hell even if i only have a tiny amount so not worth it for me.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink socially - mostly wine and beer.  If I'm not feeling well I am not drinking, but then again I am usually not eating much either then and staying home in bed. :)  I am really striving for balance in my life so for me but I love a nice glass of wine (or three :).  When I get sick I tend to hibernate at home, for longer than I should, and going out with my friends and staying social is really good for me.  Obviously you can choose not to drink when you go out (and I have done that sometimes too) but it is hard when you are at a bar with your friends.  For me it's all about moderation!
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Crohn's Colitis
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Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 

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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I stopped drinking before I got dx because I noticed it made me bleed. I have tried a couple times since and I just do not process it well and it is a definate no no with MTX.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I use to have a drink now and again. Never liked beer or wine, rum and coke or daiquiri's were my favorites. But since hubby doesn't drink anymore, neither do I. Also alchohol doesn't like me as much since I have had my resections, so its better for ME if I don't drink anymore. Hugs!
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink... Probably more than I should. Heck, I just got home 20 minutes ago lol. (I'm still young at heart I guess) I drink pretty much anything; but no longer drink dark liquor. There are times that whiskey, bourbon, etc just absolutely kill my gut. Literally as soon as it goes down, it feels like my stomach curls into a ball and says "no way Jose!" Lighter liquors and beers I'm okay with. Strange that Jagermeister doesn't bother me either.

I really need to quit drinking because when I'm a social drinker, I also tend to puff on a cigar or cigarette. My two vices in life I'd say.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I drink if I want to. The only time I abstain is when I was taking massive amts of Vicodin. Otherwise, I see no change in my condition due to it.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a drinker, but when I do go out I make it worth it!!  I've been known to have 8 rum and cokes, or 5 long islands, jell-o shots, whatever!....I wouldn't drink all the time (personal choice) but when I do drink it hasn't hurt my Crohns at all that I can tell, I actually feel better. 

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   Posted 3/6/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I still drink socially, but I have to use my head about it - if I'm already feeling bad, I'm not going to go out and get wasted, haha. Right now I'm on Cipro and Flagyl so I haven't had a drink since New Year's, but I know that as soon as I get off them I'll definitely be able to go out and enjoy a few drinks again (yay!).

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   Posted 3/6/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to drink wine and the only effect was some D. Now, after experiencing the painful side of crohns (not only D and discomfort), I don't have the confidence to try...
Diagnosed in nov/94 - Started with Prednisone, followed by Pentasa, entocort, flagyl, Imuran, Cipro, etc.
Blockage - First Surgery 2001 (no ressection)
Severe bleedind - 2003 - Stopped by 60mg of Prednisone
Stricture leading to a ressection in Dec/2008 - Second Surgery
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I never really drank even before I had crohns to be honest! I just wasn't a fan ever.. that said I do like the taste of wine so I'll just have a sip of my sisters occasionally... Also I know that beer doesn't agree with me at all. If I were to drink I would stick to a non-sugary as possible mixed drink!
I guess it's kind of like food, very different for everyone as to whether or not they can tolerate alcohol well
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 3/7/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, yes I still drink socially doesn't cause any problems apart from lemonade spirits and wine is ok though. Bevx
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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a good frozen margarita on occasion. BUT I do NOT and NEVER HAVE understood this need to drink to be social. Nor have I ever understood WHY one feels one has to drink to have a good time or has to drink to be w/"the gang" or be "social". Does no one have the guts to "do their own thing" any more? What's w/this "peer pressure" bit? What a bunch of hooey.

Many is the time I've gone out "w/the gang" and just drank Coke all night. Frankly, I've found I don't even enjoy being around anyone including my friends after they've "had a couple". Its quite an eye opener to see just how obnoxious people can be when they've had "two or three".
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   Posted 3/7/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, drinking; when I do drink, is more of a "unwinding" period. Helps you forget about some of the trials and tribulations in life and just have a good time. I don't mind being that obnoxious person once in a while as I'm normally on the more responsible side of the table.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol ChronieToo - of course I'm young (21), but that's actually the exact reason WHY I feel the need to drink socially. If I'm the sober one out of my friends and they're all drink, they usually end up annoying me and I don't want to be there. LOL. Alcohol makes other drunk people tolerable, to me. I just enjoy being tipsy on occasion, but if I can't drink (like right now), I won't go out to bars because people will drive me absolutely insane.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with What A Life! I love to have a drink and am particularly fond of wine...I cut right down (or don't at all) when I'm ill but if I'm well I'm partial to a few. I drink less now anyway, with the azathioprine because it makes me sick and the hangovers worse but otherwise I'll just drink at my own pace, when I choose to!

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   Posted 3/7/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't drink all the time but I've been known to knock back a few brews or even have a nice, stiff drink or two! I stopped taking Humira recently(it stopped working) and now take cipro and flagyl(1000mg daily of each-awful stuff!) as well as being in a trial for a drug called Ustekinumab.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me that alcohol is processed mostly in the stomach before it gets to the intestines, so unless your Crohn's is there the alcohol shouldn't really be a problem. Having said that, I can no longer drink more that a glass or two before getting sick. I get an upset stomach and a headache, and end up needed to lie down or I throw up. It may be due to the fact that I am getting older, or due to the fact that I drink much less than I did when I was younger, and have been off drink altogether when I have been flaring. I also find that some drinks are fine, but some make me sick quicker.

I am with many others here - you have to live your life as much as possible, because when you are sick the disease takes over all your choices. As long as you feel up to it, and you are not told by your doctor or pharmacist to avoid alcohol, you should enjoy a social drink as you described whenever you want.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of us are told not to drink alcohol not because of the Crohn's but because of the meds we are on. Imuran, for instance. The effect is on the liver, not the stomach or intestines.
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   Posted 3/7/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed at 19, and didn't drink until I was over 21, and even though I've had 2 surgeries and I'm on meds, I have a couple drinks if I feel like it. I've never noticed a difference in how I feel, except that I get hungover far easier the older I get. Usually I make sure to rehydrate before going to bed if I drink anything.

Right now I'm at a 2 drinks a day max because of the blood thinners, but hopefully that will change soon!--I miss margaritas and haven't had em lately because the mexican place we go makes REALLY strong margaritas and I don't know how much would be the limit! It's so nice to go out with all the girls and share margaritas and relax! Such a stress reliever!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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