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Gastric bypass surgery causes increased risk of alcohol addiction

A new study finds that people who have had gastric bypass surgery take longer to metabolize alcohol, which could result in some of those people binge drinking. People who have gastric bypass surgery have an increased risk of depression, alcohol and drug addiction. This made researchers want to examine how gastric bypass patients metabolize alcohol after their surgery.

The patients who underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery had a significantly higher breath alcohol content and took more time to return to a sober state after consuming alcoholic beverages.

“Severe obesity continues to be a public health crisis in the U.S., and bariatric surgery offers a very effective treatment,” said John M. Morton, M.D., senior author of the study. “Despite its benefits, we want to raise the potential concern for RYGB patients who continue to drink after their operation because they may tend to overuse alcohol, which can, in turn, lead to weigh regain, nutritional deficiencies, and/or alcohol dependence.”

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