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   Posted 2/18/2006 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya everyone,
just wondering what eveyones thoughts are on alcohol and IBS.  I had 1 glass of red wine last night and feel dreadful today and have horrible nausea and my stomach feels v strange.  Does alcohol make IBS worse???????

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   Posted 2/18/2006 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tori,

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.


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   Posted 2/18/2006 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I also find Alcohol does a number on my stomach! I can handle a Vodka Cranberry, but a bottle of beer just kills... within an hour of drinking it. So I totally agree with Roadtrip that it depends on the drink and on the individual.

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   Posted 2/18/2006 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   

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.  tongue  )  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.

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   Posted 2/18/2006 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcohol, sadly, is a surefire trigger for my IBS... I'm usually fairly certain that, if I have more than one drink, I will be sick the next day, if not horribly, than at least fairly uncomfortably. I have not found anything that works to completely get rid of the problem, but I have found that if I avoid greasy or fried foods when drinking alcohol, and drink a few glasses of water before going to bed that night, I am better the next day. It might help you to try.

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   Posted 2/19/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I've heard, alcohol is particularly hard on the colon, so it's not surprising that it could cause greif for IBSers as well as IBDers or even those who suffer with diverticulosis, which I've heard a doc say.

take care

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   Posted 2/19/2006 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
If I drink at a restaraunt and its usually only because everyone else is. I usually will only have wine which is about all I can tolerate at best but I drink a full glass of water to each glass of wine (I usually have two at most anyway) but the water works well in diluting the alcohol so it doesn't burn my stomach.
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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not had a drink since I can remember, and I drank a smirnoff last night and thought I was going to die. I was throwing up and had severe diarrhead. I was shaking so bad I wasn't sure if I should go to the hospital or cover up! IBS and alcohol definitely DO NOT MIX! I don't think I'll be drinking again anytime soon.

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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Once and only once did I consume several tall glasses of dark micro beer (keg beer to boot) at a Halloween party, several years ago.

It cleaned me out better than Fleet's Phospho Soda does (thankfully it didn't have this affect on me until the early morning hours)!

So I avoid dark beer like the plague - yikes, it's much too rich for my touchy gut.

But I am able to enjoy 1 or 2 bottles of light beer (not dark, thank you very much!) if I have a Stonyfield cup of yogurt a few hours before socializing. The yogurt seems to coat my GI tract and the beer doesn't bother me much (the dreaded D).
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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   Posted 12/13/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Strangely enough there are people that do better with alcohol. My husband was one.If he had a drink or two with his meal he didn't have the diahrea but if he didn't like at work or when we went out for breakfast and before he went to work he was in the bathroom at least 5 times. It apparantly relaxed his gut someway. I don't recommend it for people but there have been a couple people on here that said they had less problems if they had a drink before they ate but the majority say they can't handle alcohol and my Dr. said it is a no-no.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had issues with alcohol, it varies for each person.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I found that drinks such as a martini and lemonade didn't do too much that day but the following day was horrendous, as with all spirits, and i found that beer made my tummy feel dangerously loose. I have not had any alcoholic drink for 4 years now. Its just safer and that way i can always have my car with me in case my tum plays up coz it decides to!

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   Posted 12/28/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
alcohol is really hard to handle with IBS. I find that sometimes I can handle some drinks, but sometimes within the first couple of sips you notice that its not going to go down well. If you feel well enough it is possible to drink alcohol with IBS in my opinion, but it always leaves me with a sore gut the next couple days. Not really worth it.

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   Posted 4/2/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
IBS - C and alcohol.
same answers for IBS-C as IBS-D about the effects of alcohol????

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   Posted 4/2/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think alcohol will give you worse constipation if you've already got it, but it's not likely to relive you either. But you are more likely to have stomach cramps and gas, so you could hurt worse, even if your poop does not change.

Beer seems to be the worst, because the carbonation makes for worse gas and cramping. Wine seems to be too acidic for people with diarrhea and acid reflux to handle. A few people, however, notice that hard liquor (and only hard liquor) will actually settle their guts when they're over-active. I think that in those cases, the alcohol acts like an anti-spasmodic. For people whose IBS is caused by spasms, that could help them.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't drink grain alcohol without problems but I can drink potato alcohol which is in vodka form mostly! Good Luck

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   Posted 12/10/2009 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe I have IBS. I've had an endoscopy and colonoscopy and it hasn't really shown anything! When I drink (usually cider) I have really bad stomach cramps, gas and diarrhea (some times straight after a drink or for a few days after). I have given up drinking for the moment but really hope this won't have to be forever as I find it hard (and pretty boring) having to go out with my friends who are drinking and not drink. Do you think if I was drinking spirits it wouldn't happen so much? Obviously I would rather not have this problem full stop but if it could be reduced to the day after when I'm at home rather then when I'm out that would make everything a bit easier. Any advice or help would be hugely appreciated. Also I get very nauseous and motion sick when I take immodium so if anyone knows any other medicines that are available in the UK for anti diarrhea that'd be great.

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   Posted 4/29/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone
I saw a natural path a few times as the doctors couldn't help me.
I was instructed to do a colon flush every week and take "iberogast - oral liquid" while im eating.

The colon flush is crazy I take it on a sat night before I sleep and on Sunday mornings I am in the bathroom for about 10 mins (flushes you out, must prepare for the next morning to be free), the rest of the day and most of the week I feel great. I can even drink ALCOHOL and not run to the bathroom.

Colon flushing is fantastic however, I get slack and I when Im busy I don't take it. When I don't take it and drink alcohol I often take the IBEROGAST before to calm my stomach. This helps at times however sometimes I still get massive stomach pains and it ruins my night.

Has anyone else got any tricks/cheats they perform before drinking. I know that I will eventually have to stop but Im 21 and enjoy a night out drinking. My friends also dont understand so it makes my nights out so hard sometimes.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I don't know about wine but beer makes it worse cuz it causes just to stay away from alcohol....
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   Posted 5/1/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I ve tried everything and you all knwo the results HOWEVER I bout Old English beer not tasty really but its malt liqour and Idk if its cuz processing but HEY I felt great and going to the bathroom next day NOT A problem so TRY a malt beer SEE if u had as much success as I did with it - good luck

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   Posted 5/5/2011 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   

"Since I have suffered for thirty eight of IBS I wonder what role foods play in IBS. So I asked Dr Douglas Drossman at the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility disorders and here was his response. This is not a substitute for seeking medical advise from your doctor on any specific conditions you may have, but for educational purposes only.

Dr. Drossman is a Co-director of the Center and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at UNC-CH. He established a program of research in functional gastrointestinal disorders at UNC more than 15 years ago and has published more than 250 books, articles, and abstracts relating to epidemiology, psychosocial and quality of life assessment, design of treatment trials, and outcomes research in gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr Drossman's comments on foods for IBS Health.

To say that people with IBS may get symptoms from food intolerances is an acceptable possibility, since the gut will over react to stressors of all types including food (high fat or large volumes of food in particular). Furthermore, there can be specific intolerances. So if you have a lactose intolerance for example, it can exacerbate, or even mimic IBS. Other examples of food substances causing diarrhea would be high consumers of caffeine or alcohol which can stimulate intestinal secretion or with the latter, pull water into the bowel (osmotic diarrhea). The same would be true for overdoing certain poorly absorbed sugars that can cause an osmotic type of diarrhea Sorbitol, found in sugarless gum and sugar substituted foods can also produce such an osmotic diarrhea. Even more naturally, people who consume a large amount of fruits, juices or other processed foods enriched with fructose, can get diarrhea because it is not as easily absorbed by the bowel and goes to the colon where it pulls in water. So if you have IBS, all of these food items would make it worse.

However, it is important to separate factors that worsen IBS (e.g., foods as above, stress, hormonal changes, etc.) from the cause or pathophysiology of IBS. Just like stress doesn't cause IBS, (though it can make it worse), foods must be understood as aggravating rather than etiological in nature.

The cause of IBS is yet to be determined. However, modern research understands IBS as a disorder of increased reactivity of the bowel, visceral hypersensitivity and dysfunction of the brain-gut axis. There are subgroups being defined as well, including post-infectious IBS which can lead to IBS symptoms. Other work using brain imaging shows that the pain regulation center of the brain (cingulate cortex) can be impaired, as well as good evidence for there being abnormalities in motility which can at least in part explain the diarrhea and constipation. So finding a specific "cause" of IBS has grown out of general interest in place of understanding physiological subgroups that may become amenable to more specific treatments. Hope that helps.
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   Posted 1/28/2012 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
(My first post on this website).  For most of my life I have shied away from drinking alcohol.  The reason is two fold: Firstly my stepfather was terrible alcoholic and his behaviour especially being drunk was in one word: abominable!
Secondly, there has been only two times in my life when I went all out on partying involving alcohol.  Both times has led to sudden onset of diarrhoea, leading to incontinence and some rather embarrassing situations (the second time worse).
This is predominate reason that I have shied away from consumption of alcohol (save for a small half glass of champaign at New Years or such).  Thus I cannot seem to be one who can party (hence get drunk) without running into getting extreme diarrhoea and winding up with embarrassing (and costly) bowel accidents.
Does any one here have similar situation, and if so, what would be cause for this, for some one like me who has been diagnosed with IBS-D?  Is this common thing with other IBS-D sufferers?
Thank you.

Post Edited (Hoshinoko) : 1/28/2012 1:22:46 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 6/8/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hoshinoko, i too have similar but not as extreme symptoms.
Sometimes with different alcohol here and there i am fine but most of the time so much as one sip of any alcahol makes me instantly feel the need to run for the bathroom.
Never gottan as extreme as your 2 times but have come close.
Not sure what but mostly wine really bothers me, sometimes bottled beer like labatts, vodka, smirnoff ice, mikes hard etc all have caused instant issues.
Really hampers my life as i used to love going out and drinking but cannot seem to do that any longer.

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   Posted 3/4/2013 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
And I thought it was just me who suffered this very embarrassing symptom of IBS.!😡.So difficult to enjoy a night out with friends you have shared a drink with for years. Luckily I walk home by myself, so when the VERY embarrassing happens I just have to deal with it when I get in the house. Wish I could find a drink my tummy could cope with🙏.

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   Posted 3/10/2013 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure hope those that wrote about symptoms being worse after wine and grain spirits - think about it - it's the WHEAT. I'm serious, also when you've gone out drinking what did you have with your drinks? Bet it was wheat containing things like snack mixes and pretzels. Eliminate the wheat/gluten and you'll be amazed.
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