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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/11/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new here!  Just got my diagnosis 3 weeks ago.  It's great to be part of the club!  tongue
My question is about beer consumption while on UC.  Currently I'm moderately flaring and beer kills me.  Even one spells doom.  The problem is, I work in a brewery.  I have to taste beer every morning as part of my job.  It's only about 6-8 ounces for this so I suck it up but I'd rather not drink at all.  On top of that, we do lots of events and outings that always involve beer and I have to fake drinking it.  There is no way I could carry on my job and give up drinking, I'd have to quit my job. 
My question is, what are your experiences with drinking both while on flare and in remission?  Can you handle a couple?  Is it just not an option anymore?  Should I start planning a new career?

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   Posted 12/11/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
You sure the rpoblem youu get from beer is not a glutten trouble? Same problems my bro get when on beer(even 1) He found out he can't have ANY contact with glutten of any kind. He was told some beers have glutten.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
   Go to health food store'
   Get some capyrlic acid or olive leaf extract
   in pill form.. Follow the instructions for
   60 days.
   This should solve any yeast, fungal, or
   candida issues, from UC and ongoing use
   of beer over the years.
   Additionally avoid most refined sugars
   cakes, cookies sweets.  See if this
   fixes it.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/11/2007 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Wolfy. Welcome to the forum. =)

It seems you're in a tough situation. I can handle a drink or two now that I'm almost in remission, but I still rarely drink just because it doesn't make me feel that great in general. I would definitely try to stay away from it if in a bad flare. I think a lot of people do fine with moderate alcohol consumption while in remission, but I have been told by my doctors that it's best to stay away from it while flaring, as it can make symptoms worse - as you know.

Obviously, the decision to look for another job is one you will have to make on your own, but if it's causing you a lot of pain/other symptoms that wouldn't be something I'd want to deal with long term. Is there anyway you could explain that you have a medical condition to your boss and maybe you wouldn't have to do the drinking part of your job? Or is there a similar job at the brewery maybe that doesn't involve drinking? Are you on any meds for your UC? Good luck with whatever you decide.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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   Posted 12/12/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to Healingwell :) Just a question - if you can't be placed somewhere else in the brewery, why do you have to swallow the beer? Can't you just swish around in your mouth to check the taste then spit it out?
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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm fine with drinking beer as long as I'm not in the middle of a flare. Of course when I'm flaring everything tears me up.
The only thing I do notice is I might have D the next day but it subsides.
Just my personal experience.
started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007

currently tapering Prednisone. Started 5mg on 12-10-07

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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
Hi and welcome to Healingwell :) Just a question - if you can't be placed somewhere else in the brewery, why do you have to swallow the beer? Can't you just swish around in your mouth to check the taste then spit it out?

that would be considered alcohol abuse wouldn't it? tongue
started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007

currently tapering Prednisone. Started 5mg on 12-10-07

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I do pretty good on Beer.. I think because it calms me down...
Male 36yrs old. Indeterminate Colitis 6 yrs.


multi vitamin

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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that it may be a yeast/gluten issue. Maybe some probiotics or something that tru-believer recommended might help? I personally don't drink beer, I can't stand the taste of it, but I do like to have a 'malt beverage' (ie: Bacardi Razz) from time to time or a mixed drink and if I'm flaring I notice it makes me bleed but doesn't bother me too entirely much.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
Should also be on supplements and probiotics and other UC drugs but I'm just not good at taking pills...

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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
beer and alcohol is no problem for me, sorry!!! but coffee, I can't have coffee........I really want one too, a nice warm pumpkin spice coffee.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 246
   Posted 12/12/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
when im in a flare fughetaboutit, not flaring not a problem in moderation
- 29 y/o single IT professional male residing in Northern VA, USA
- UC Diagnosis - April, 2006 - Symptoms were sudden and drastic
- GI did not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the c-scope
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission and enjoying life again since getting out of the hospital in early Jan 07' from a nasty flare
- Survive on 4 Colazal/day, 1 GNC Multivitamin, occassional Fish oil & Primal Defense Probiotics
- Enjoy the outdoors, relaxing and spending time with family and friends

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/12/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the advice everyone!  I'm pretty sure I'm not a celiac (gluten intolerant).  The whole beer-killing-me thing has only started in the last 2 months along with my UC.  I have yet to get into remission since I started having symptoms, so maybe when I get there I'll be able to handle beer.  I'm not a heavy drinker at all but I'd like to be able to have one or two without suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.    

Thanks for the suggestion Red, but you cannot spit out beer when tasting for quality control.  :-) Beer has a bitterness profile and your bitter receptors are way out on the back of your tongue where you can only taste if you swallow something.  Wine is acetic (sides of the tongue) so you can get the full profile and spit it out, but not beer.  Tough work, I know. Someone's got to do it. ;)  

I could not carry on in this company without being able to drink.  A couple have tried but their legitimacy to make or sell our product is always questioned by all coworkers.  As it is I fake drinking when we're out.  I get a bottle instead of draft since they're brown and you can't see inside them.  Then I go to the bathroom and dump it in the sink and fill it back up with water, then I nurse that for about two hours.  It works.  But someday I'm gonna put it down and someone's gonna pick up the wrong bottle and the jig will be up.  Can't wait for that.  It's gonna be like that moment in the movie School Ties when the students found out that the star quarterback was a Jew.  &$^% is gonna be awkward! 





Diagnosed 11/13/07
Currently on 6-9 Asacol daily and 1000MG Canasa Daily.  Living minute-by-minute.

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted 12/12/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I can drink beer, whether flaring or not and I do on a regular basis (about 10 per week, Sleeman Clear).
Dx:  2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
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.

cap'n colitis
Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 12/12/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Wolf,

Coincidentally, I used to work in microbreweries/brewpubs about 10 years ago, and during flares too. I can relate to having to test your work along the way. Running a Velo filter requires you to pull off samples at varying intervals, and at 5am it can be a little rough on anyone's gut. Oh but how we adapt! :) Anyway I drank throughout flares back then, but I'm not sure if it exacerbated my symptoms or not by doing so since the flare went away and I never stopped or limited my intake of beer.

I drink a LOT of beer, and I homebrew about 10-20 gallons a month - not that I drink that much of it, but when I flare nowadays, I am cautious with my beer intake. I think it's hit or miss whether it will tear me up or not.

Do you have issues with beer only during flares? Or is it all the time now? I think that you said that you were recently diagnosed. If you are in a flare, try to limit or eliminate beer until you are in remission, and then try again. You might be find that a particular food will cause problems when you are flaring, but not be a problem when you are in remission.

one thing for sure, I can't drink coffee whether in remission or not. Coffee and caffeine are bad news. I'm just glad that it's not alchohol.


Male - Age 39
Diagnosed in 1988
Moderate Pan Colitis 10 years ago, but mild and fairly controlled since then
40mg Pred 30mg Pred 25mg Pred 20mg 15mg 10mg 5mg  0mg Pred
100mg Azathioprene
800mg Asacol 2x daily
20mg Omeprazole

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 12/29/2007 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Yeah!!! Beer and coffee .. those were the toughest to give up. I think it's the carbonation in the beer that gets me.  Before I gave it up, I used to drink the bottles and pour a really big head on the beer.. then swrill it around as much as possible to get rid of the excess carbonation.  The cheaper the beer (more water) the easier on my system.  Sorry you're in such a tough position with your career and hope you find the right drug combo to put you in remission. Good Luck!

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 12/29/2007 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   

I only drink beer or wine but they both make me flare really badly. I love beer and wine but even one glass can have me running to the toilet clenching very tightly – if you get my drift. I also love dates, chicken, chocolate and cheese but they make me flare-up too. Been mainly avoiding all of these things in the last few months and I have been fine.


Can’t give you advice on your career but maybe a testing sip won’t hurt? Can you treat it like wine – swish it around in your mouth and spit out?? A few years ago I had the same social predicament as you. I just told people I was on an on-going course of drugs for a health issue and they could not be mixed with alcohol on the strict instructions of my doctor.   



Female 37.

Sick since 1998 – finally diagnosed 2003.

No drugs (last drugs were taken in 2005).

Healing myself thorough diet & natural methods.

Using plant derived MultiGest Enzymes capsules as part of diet.


Feeling fantastic!

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