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Caution note on alcohol

Overall, it’s recommended that you avoid all alcohol (beer, wine, liquor, cocktails) after surgery.


  • Alcohol is high in calories. It can reduce weight loss and lead to weight gain.
  • Tolerance of alcohol changes. It’s absorbed much faster into the bloodstream and stays in your system longer.
  • Alcohol may increase the risk of an ulcer.
  • Alcohol increases the risk for low blood sugar (a dangerous condition that can lead to loss of consciousness, and brain or nerve damage).
  • Alcohol can increase the risk for developing a new addiction, especially in people with a history of addiction.
  • One in five patients develop alcohol-use disorder within 7 years after surgery.
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