I have not been drinking for 4 months, but recently while on holiday I lapsed and had a couple of beers. Not sure it had any really bad effects... How does it affect you?
I just wanted to chime in on the topic of alcohol. I used to think a couple beers here and there wouldn't bother me, but in my case it did. The weird thing is that sometimes it wouldn't affect me until a couple of days later. My first GI doctor said a beer or two shouldn't bother me, but my second GI doctor told me I should stay away from alcohol period (not even a sip).
And now my condition has gotten so bad that I'm afraid to even take a sip of any alcohol so I stay away from it altogether.
Here's my reasoning:
- Alcohol irritates your entire digestive tract (esophagus, stomach lining, intestines, colon, etc.), so it slows down or ruins any healing you might have accomplished up to that point. I now view alcohol in any form as a liquid that makes your esophagus and stomach worse, which is why I admonish people to stay away from it for as long as possible.
- Some alcoholic beverages, notably beer, contain chemicals in them that are not on the label. The beverage lobby was powerful enough to allow them to put chemicals in our beers without having to list them; many of these chemicals have not been safely tested on humans. When I go back to drinking beer and wine, I'm going to stick to organic or craft beers.
I've gotten a wide variety of opinions from doctors and nutritionists on when I should be able to drink again. My GP doctor tells me I can drink again as soon as my symptoms are gone and only then in moderation (not sure what moderation means, I'm guessing I can't drink the whole bottle? lol). My 2nd Gastroenterologist advised me to stay away from alcohol until an endoscopy confirmed that I was healed.
I won't go into the problems alcohol has caused for my prostate, but that was another incentive for me to quite for now.
Suffering from gastritis and erosive esophagitis since 2011. Conquered it once and am going to conquer it again because this time I've taken total ownership of my health. Gluten, dairy, MSG, sulfite free now and don't plan on eating out again until I am healed.