Is alcohol a complete no-no?

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   Posted 6/11/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am newly diagnosed with mild colitis (3 months ago). I take Asacol 400mg 2x a day. Just wondering if anyone can tolerate alcohol (specifically beer or wine). If you do drink alcohol with colitis would it affect you the next day or would it take awhile? Something I would hate to give up!! Thanks

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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I personally don't drink beer or wine (can't stand either of them) but I do enjoy a Bacardi Razz malt liquor or a strawberry margarita from time to time and usually have no problems. If I go out and have a few drinks I might have some loose stools the next day or even some bleeding, but I also have moderate/severe UC so it might be a lot different since yours is a mild case. Some people say they can't drink beer at all or it makes them gassy, but just try it and see. Maybe if you're going to go out and have some drinks you could take some immodium advanced (the kind with gas relief as well)... My stomach was bothering me the night of my friends birthday party so I drank a shot of Pepto, took two Immodiums and had no problems even after drinking a rum and coke, two margaritas, and a jager bomb, haha.

Anyway, the most important thing to remember is: Moderation is Key.

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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an occasional drink (maybe once or twice a month). I have never been a big drinker. I know my family doctor said it was O.K. but not too much. The same with caffiene. I can tolerate it. I know it probably is worse for some people. I would ask your doctor or call the nurse. Some things affect people differently. I'm guessing that your colon would probably rather not have the alcohol. I know it is hard to give things up, maybe you could just cut back to one drink and see. Good luck to you, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis, possible dysplasia
Currently: symptoms have subsided, awaiting biopsy results for dysplasia
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (during flares) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel,
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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
since ive been in remission i drink one or two times a week, it does have some effect but not that bad...i usually just take a few extra probiotics the next day and im fine.  when i was flaring alcohol would set me back a lot.  it makes sense because your gut is inflammed to a much larger extent when you are flaring versus when you are in remission.  i would wait until you achieve a nice remission before indulging in alcohol but maybe you can drink in moderation, wine and clear alcohols typically but not beer.  beer has yeast and other things that can cause havoc in your gut when it is inflammed because your gut flora is out of wack.

- 29 y/o male residing in Northern Virginia
- Currently in remission
- Pancolitis since April, 2006
- Small fistula, re-occurring arthritis and anemic at times 
- 4 Colazal/day, multivitamin, Fish oil and Primal Defense Probiotics 2x/day

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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kimeeee,

Red wine is okay as well as white but very dry with a low sugar content. I would stay away from Beer or other yeasty, malty drinks or anything with alot of sugar as this will cause a flare up for sure. For more info I would suggest you read Breaking the Vicious Cycle on foods allowed and drinks allowed with colitis.

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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on imuran and remicade and colozal along with 2.5 prednisone. i can handle a night of 3-4 drinks pretty easily. i try and stay away from liquor.
21 Year Old College Student
Diagnosed UC December 2002
Remicade since December 2006
Colozal, Imuran, Prednisone

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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys are all sooo sweet to reply to my questions. I really appreciate it!!!!
Diagnosed with mild colitis Feb 2008
Asacol 400mg 2x a day

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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Check out my post Colitis symptom free for a year and counting for more information and your more than welcome. This is a fantastic site here with alot of great people helping each other out.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, even half a beer will have me doubled over in gasto pain.  A glass of wine two or three times a week is fine, either white or red.  I drink about one mixed drink per year and I've never had a problem.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I must mention this again. I got UC from an all night beer drinking benge. My Doc or probably youall wont believe me, but I got D the next day and it got worse and worse and BAM i got UC. And to this day i can't handle beer. But when I am in remission I can drink some vodka mixed with low sugar juices and it doesn't cause much trouble.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 2.5yo girl (revised 5/8/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  6th week flaring;improving; 2bm/day; very little blood
RX/day:  Currently 10mg of prednisone per day. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: food combos, enzymes, good posture, chewing more, etc.

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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

While I am having a flare up I really cant even drink one beer, but when I am in remission I remember I can drink about one night every other week. My body seems to tolerate that but anything more could cause loose stools and a lot of gas next day lol. Not a good feeling. I don’t know but beer seems to kick by butt worse then hard liquor, must be the yeast or something.

Currently taking for UC - Prednisone 50mg, Colazal 750mg 9pills/day, hydrocotisone, Asacol 

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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
check your meds, consult your Dr., listen to your body, moderation.

I can drink any type of liquor w/out any problems, beer, hard cider, wine, margarita's, mixed drinks, hard alcohol.  I'll be trying to make mojito's again, I bought the wrong kind of mixer last time........
Just like some ppl can tolerate caffeine, I cannot most of the time, it is all trial and error.
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!

Post Edited (Beth75) : 6/12/2008 9:03:01 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/12/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
everyone is different, I think most can drink, you just have to figure out what you can in can't tolerate.

For example I can't tolerate draft beer.
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort
40 MG Pred cycle stating 3/26

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   Posted 6/12/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink once in a while...(lately about once a week drinking kind of a lot). I drink beer, wine and mixed drinks. It doesn't seem to upset my UC a whole lot. Even before I got UC my BMs would be weird the day after drinking heavily (more of them, some D or loose stools). Sometimes, it does seem to make me have more BMs now, but it doesn't make me start bleeding or anything like that. I would not drink if I was in a bad flare though. It's different for everyone.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv

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   Posted 6/12/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
avoid anything with carbination! beer will ruin my life personally. when i was first diagnosed with colitis i was 19 so i was by far in no mood to quit partying. (all bad) I would drink a lot of things that weren't too sugary and mostly try to just drink vodka in shots. i always felt a little sick the next day but not sick enough to not drink again the next weekend. i know its really bad. but at that age i wasn't going to let my disease stop me from being 19 and irresponsible. i don't drink in the slightest anymore but that's because i'm flaring pretty bad at the moment. but i think a drink a week, like white wine or something would be fine. just see what your body can handle.
Diagnosed with Severe Ulcerative Colitis in Dec 2005 at age 19
2nd flare up-Hospitalized for 41 days (april-may 2008)
prednisone 25mg (tapering)-taking sicne 2005 :(
asacol 400mg-9 pills a day
remicade (just started)
iron, calcium, vitamin c
Attempting Diet-Eat right for your blood type (Type O)

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   Posted 6/12/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Beth is right... and I would simply add that everyone is different. It is really just about figuring out what works for you. For me, I can't handle wine. It is actually the only food/beverage that bothers me. Beer and hard liquor, though, present no issues for me at all (well, none other than the normal hangover issues!).

This reminds me... I haven't had a drink since before I became pregnant. It is time for a margarita!
Wearing many hats: Mother, Wife, Daughter, Professional, Sister, Friend
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Multi-Vitamin (1x per day)

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   Posted 6/12/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
For me its all moderation. Even with severe UC, I can have "a" beer, or "a" wine. I just can't have more then 1 or 2.

If I go and drink too much, I pay a rather hefty price for it in the coming days.
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  • 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
    - 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
    - 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
    - 1x BIOCeuticals UltraBiotic 45 + 1x SB FlorActiv twice a day.

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   Posted 6/13/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
try to keep in mind that you can't live without a liver....never binge drink!!!
Moderation is definitely the way to go.

If it doesn't agree with you...don't push it.

DO NOT drink while on meds that state that warning.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 6/13/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I think this is all very sensible advice. No real need for abstinence but as Quincy has said, moderation is important... your liver needs love too! I guess its just a case of finding what types of alcohol suit you and sticking to those

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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I drink regularly and don't have any issues.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

Regular Member

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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I have 1-2 glasses of wine with dinner on the weekends and haven't had any issues with my UC.

I'm a bit hesitant to try beer after reading threads on here.
27 years old, Female, NYC
Diagnosed with severe UC on May 13, 2008 (though I'd apparently had it for years)
500 MG Sulfasalazine x4 a day
Daily Multi-V, Folic Acid

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   Posted 6/13/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
i think alcohol had alot to do with putting me in the mild/moderate flare i've been in for the past few years. it wasn't until this past year that i feel like i started to slowly get better, now that i rarely even have a drink. the latter part of college really put a hurting on me, but it never got so bad that i wouldn't go out again. i'm hoping that if i can get this under control i'll be able to go out for a drink or two without any problems. definitely no more binge drinking for me though.
23yr old male, diagnosed October 2003
9 Colozal/Day, 1.5 tabs 6-MP, 1000mg Canasa
1200mg fish oil/omega3 capsules/3x daily, 2 probiotics capsules/daily, 1mg folic acid

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