I've had UC for many years and lately I've been told I also have IBS. My symptoms were very similar to a flare up without the blood...mostly very bad cramping after bm's. This has been going on for months before I was diagnosed this time. But one thing that I found, that really helped me with the cramping/rectal spasms, is if I have one single beer. It seems to help me relax and slow down the pain. Now, if I was to have 1/2 doz beers at a party, of course that is a different story and I pay for it the next day. I make my own wine, therefore it is cheap and I can afford to have it every day if I feel like it. I find I can have one glass or sometimes two without too many problems. If I was to overdo it though, the results are many times worse than with beer. Hope this helps, but of course like with everything else, we all react differenty.