alcohol minus colon

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spongebabe2pants
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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if maybe this is just me, but has anyone noticed that alcohol affects them differently now? I don't really drink that much, and I'm a small girl so I've always gotten drunk off 2-4 drinks. But the past few times I've gone out I've gotten pretty drunk and a nasty hangover the next day after just 1 or 2 drinks. I try and drink water before I go to bed, but maybe I'm not drinking enough?
 
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
Meds taken with no result: 5asa, imuran/6mp, remicade, and of course prednisone, both oral and enemas. Also, many many herbal remadies.
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008
2nd j-pouch surgery (ileostomy reversal) on November 14, 2008
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summerstorm
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   Posted 3/28/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
well i didnt drink before i had surgery so i am not sure.
But i am a light weight too, lol 3 shots and i'm tipsy, 6 i'm drunk and 9 i'm crawling on teh floor, lol.
I did discover that if i mix like vodka and rum i get sicker andhtat dif things give me dif feelings.
But the most important thing i discovered is to stay awake until i sober up,then i dont get nearly as bad the next day.
Also, i found out if i take a zantac or somethign like that i dont feel as bad and take some gasx before bed.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I never drank while on meds...but now that I'm not on any I have a few...I found that I dehydrate easily and must stay away from hard liquor and wine:(

For whatever reason, beer doesn't effect me the same way, so I stick to that.

LittleE
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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Spongebabe-

I know exactly what you mean! Before surgery, I used to drink socially and never got too bad a hangover (drank 3-5 drinks). I also get a bad hangover sometimes from only 2 drinks now that I have no colon.

I think the reason is: when you have a hangover, you feel bad (headache, nauseated) because you are dehydrated from the alcohol. Now that we don;t have colons (which normally help absorb water), we get dehydrated faster = hangovers more easily.

I have (when possible) been drinking a glass of water or gatorade between every alcoholic beverage to help prevent this. Like I will have a glass of wine, then some water, then more wine.


Maybe that would help you...? Hangovers are the worst!!

-E :)

spongebabe2pants
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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea, I figured the reabsorption of water thing would play a role, but I really do try to drink way more water. I just think it's weird that I get more drunk than normal off 2 drinks now. Good for my wallet though :)
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
Meds taken with no result: 5asa, imuran/6mp, remicade, and of course prednisone, both oral and enemas. Also, many many herbal remadies.
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008
2nd j-pouch surgery (ileostomy reversal) on November 14, 2008
Med and pain free :)


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin's right. Those of us without colons dehydrate easily and alcohol dehydrates us even more. My dad was a doctor, and his advice to avoid a hangover was to eat some food first, drink plenty of water, and take a high dose vitamin B complex. I don't drink much, but when I do have a drink or two, I follow his advice, and it works.


Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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