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I am 5 months out and down 110 pounds. On Christmas Eve I want to be able to have one alcoholic drink. Has anyone had an experience with booze yet after surgery?

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My group says to exercise caution because you'll get tipsy a lot easier......but that one drink is fine once in a while.

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38 minutes ago, Pauliegroup said:

I am 5 months out and down 110 pounds. On Christmas Eve I want to be able to have one alcoholic drink. Has anyone had an experience with booze yet after surgery?

In my program they recommend not drinking for up to 1 year after surgery. I'm not sure why. Honestly if you're healed just go slowly, listen to your body and if it says "No not yet" then stop.

Hope all goes well!

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I v I've heard 6 months and I've heard one year but I'm not an alcoholic and I only have one or two drinks I'm one year out now I noticed the effects pretty fast but it's caused me no problems obviously just drink slow because we can hold much

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I'm 11 months out. I've had a drink here and there. The two big things are (a) it will likely hit you fast & hard and (b) if it's beer take your sweet ass time with it. Eating and drinking a beer is near impossible for me. I have to be careful of the timing. You don't want to drink on an empty stomach, but it can make you feel super bloated if you drink too soon after eating. So it's kind of a catch 22.

I do not drink on a regular basis. I'm a craft beer guy and enjoy taking a small glass from time to time. Normally I can only manage half a can/bottle and I'm done, else it takes me like an hour to drink an entire glass. No matter what take it slow!

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Ditto what everyone has said. It can hit you HARD and FAST! But I also sober up fast.


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My surgeon and nutritionist told my to wait a year before having an alcoholic drink. I am not a drinker. I only have a drink at my birthday or Christmas Eve. I just had my sleeve on December 5th so I am too scared to try a drink at Christmas Eve this year. Has anybody had a drink three or four weeks after surgery?

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1 minute ago, Nessa36 said:

My surgeon and nutritionist told my to wait a year before having an alcoholic drink. I am not a drinker. I only have a drink at my birthday or Christmas Eve. I just had my sleeve on December 5th so I am too scared to try a drink at Christmas Eve this year. Has anybody had a drink three or four weeks after surgery?

I would not recommend having any alcohol that early, it can cause to much stomach irritation while you're healing.

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I'm about four months out and I have an occasional drink. It's tricky, though. Liquor burns, most mixers are pure sugar, and I've been told in no uncertain terms that we have no business putting anything carbonated into a stomach that's the size of a banana, as that is practically begging for complications. So beer, champagne, and soda/tonic mixers are out. But wine has been fine.

Less acidic white wines, like Chardonnay agree with me, and I have a few glasses a week. There's a cheap-ish no oak chard from Smoking Loon that doesn't upset my stomach and goes down easy. I make sure to save calories for it, as those calories count too.

I didn't start adding the occasional glass of wine until I was healed and had dropped off of omeprazole. I just didn't want to push my luck while it was still healing.

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And I most definitely get buzzed/tipsy faster. One drink wears off at the same rate as a normal person, but it hits me like two or three. I wouldn't want to have to drive after having any.

Take it easy the first time, as you don't want to end up like me, falling asleep at the table on Thanksgiving because somehow I though two glasses of wine would be okay.

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They say 6-12 because of the empty calories and by then you should hit your goal weight. (I asked why) on that note Id you have self control why not? Had a White Russian yesterday and it only took a few sips before I was like yeah that’s it the little pouch doesn’t like it. (sleeved 6/12/17)

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I decided to have one drink, a vodka cranberry. By sip 4 I was drunk. I nursed it for about 90 minutes and drank Water the rest of the night. The next day I was down another half-pound.

Empty calories wasn't my concern as I was only having one drink and don't drink often. It's kind of funny knowing that if I want to be buzzed, I can have half a drink.

Congrats on your success.

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3 weeks in had some wine yesterday for anniversary boy was i tipsy ... Not even a full cup of wine ..... And i was there i think it depends what u drink... U dont need much to get there lol have fun

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