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   Posted 5/15/2008 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
does vodka have any affect on the good bacteria in your colon? has anyone been able to drink vodka and not have ill effects? beer kills me but vodka seems ok ... of course i would never drink in a big flare but please let me know if vodka affects the good bacteria at all because i take alot of probiotics.


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   Posted 5/15/2008 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
just be aware that liquor is hard on the can live without your colon, but not your liver....value it.
UC and liver disease do make an unexpected pair.

Drink in moderation and never, ever binge drink.

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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
im talking maybe one or two mixed drinks maybe twice a week . there has to be some kind of stress relief and relaxation for uc. but my question was if it affects the good bacteria in the colon in a negative way?

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   Posted 5/15/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm the same way, Vodka never ever bothered me unless I drank too much of it. THEN it's just not worth it! lol I'm not a big drinker either but on occasion I will have a drink with Vodka in it and my gut seems to be fine.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
alcohol does have the potential to kill off good bacteria in your gut, but if you are taking a probiotic regularly you should be ok. Thats at least what i've learned from own experiences, i drink vodka quite regularly. Beer, like you said, gives me problems as well, but I seem to be okay with vodka and wine, and a little tequila here and there lol. But i try not to overdo it or else i do have problems.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I can drink vodka with little to no ill effects. I had one of the best remissions i have had at the begining of the year and could drink almost all I wanted of vodka, but I drank some beer in march and I think that really contributed to my current flare.
I would suggest take your probiotics and don't buy cheap
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currently:  6th week flaring;improving; 2bm/day; no blood!
RX/day:  Currently 10mg of prednisone per day. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
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   Posted 5/15/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Keeping in mind that alcohol is hard on the colon, moderation is key regardless of which alcoholic beverage you choose.

Some cannot drink at all as it really messes with their IBD, others do fine, but bottom line is moderation...and making sure they don't distrupt any particular meds you may be on for your IBD.

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   Posted 5/15/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a big drinker but I can drink vodka and Mikes hard lemonade but even though I'm in remission, beer kills me.  So does milk.
40 yrs young
dx UC (pancolitis) Dec 03 then re-dx to Crohns colitis April 04 then re-dx again to UC Dec 07-currently taking no meds and in remission

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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all of the replies. yeah beer kills me and wine actually is hard on me as well but vodka has been fine it seems to be this way with alot of ucers. thanks. glad im not the only one

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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, I personally HAAATE the taste of beer so I don't know if it bothers me or not. In my entire life, I've MAYBE drank half a beer if you add up the sips. Drinks like Bacardi Ice usually aren't too bad but I might see some increased blood if I'm in a flare, or some increased D.
As for liquour; I can't take shots or drink it straight or even mixed strong. I almost always get sick (vomiting) if I do, and it's not because of being a lightweight, because in high school I did my fair share of drinking and it never bothered me. Now I stick to the icy mixed drinks, like blended margaritas, and I do just fine. I think a lot of it has to do with the amount of water (ice) I take in and keep hydrated if I'm drinking a lot.
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