Part of NJBC’s Bariatric FAQ Series

When can I drink alcohol After Weight Loss Surgery?

Many weight loss surgery patients ask when after surgery they can pour themselves a glass of wine and socialize with family and friends. We recommend abstaining from alcohol for at least one month after surgery, and before you pop the cork, try some alcohol at home in a safe environment to see how it will affect you. After bariatric surgery, the absorption of alcohol within the body changes due to an enzyme in the stomach (that allows someone without weight loss surgery to digest alcohol normally) being absent or reduced in an individual who has had bariatric surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is also proven that those with weight loss surgery that do drink have a greater tendency of maintaining a higher alcohol level longer than those without surgery. Keep in mind the nutritional  content – particularly the high calorie count of many of our favorite alcoholic beverages – and routine drinking of liquid calories can result in not reaching your weight loss goals.  

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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, New Jersey Bariatric Center®’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

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