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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 5/21/2006 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone!
My friend who also happens to have IBS (but doesnt have an account on here ) wanted me to ask you guys if alcohol made you blow up like a balloon and have painful gas, or gave you diarrhea. Cuz she went out for drinks and came home with a super super distended belly and painful gas. Any thoughts? (she didnt have beer, she had bacardi and vodka she says.) Thanks :)

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   Posted 5/21/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of IBS does your friend have?  IBS with diarrhea, IBS with constipation, or IBS that alternates between diarrhea and constipation?
I have IBS with diarrhea and I just don't drink alcohol anymore.  Before, I'd have a drink or 2 on the weekends, but I'm not wanting to "rock the boat", my GI specialist has me on a couple of Rx for it. 
My advice, if you have IBS, aviod alcohol...until you find out what's going on.  It just isn't worth it.
You should have your friend join this message board.  It really helps to discuss your problems, feelings about IBS, etc.  Eveybody is really nice and understanding here. :-)

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 5/21/2006 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It is also very bad for acid reflux as it relaxes the LES valve that lets the stomach acid back up into stomach. Acid for me can cause bloating especially things like MaiTai and Marguerita's more than straight boos. Beer is the worst I guess because of the bubbles but all alcohol is fermented I think and maybe that is what does it.

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   Posted 5/21/2006 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
She has IBS with alternating but mostly D like me. Yeah she had a rough time with it. I'll tell her to join! :)

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   Posted 5/21/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
All I know is that when I have more than a couple of drinks, I am usually a massive garden hose the next day.  Beer doesn't seem to do anything to me, though - just liquor.

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   Posted 5/21/2006 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I also can expect to have D all day the next day after drinking. I drink vodka if anything however that causes D. Beer is out of the question because I am doubled over with gas pains. Wine can do that also. If you want to drink, just expect to have symptoms, its actually up to you to determine if its worth it.
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   Posted 5/22/2006 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   

hey blondie,

yeah unfortunately alcohol seems to be my biggest vice when it comes to my ibs. I don't drink that much anymore because i know when i do i'll get pretty messed up. I'm usually okay at the time (on a night out etc), but the next day i  pay for it. I'll usually have D and an upset stomach and my gut won't be 'normal' (well my normal anyway ha ha!) for a couple of days.

If i do know that i will be drinking, i might take an immodium before hand and that usually helps somewhat - although this obviously isn't a great idea longterm

As the others say, i guess it's a question of personal choice...

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