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Hi there everyone!
I am in the UK, and in the process of having my pre-approval for a gastric sleeve. I am 33, 5'4 (164cm) and approximately 20 stone (280 pounds).
One thing that came up in the psych assessment is that I am a heavy drinker, and this will hinder my attempts to lose weight (with or without surgery.)
The doctor said I need to decrease my drinking to 10 units a week, which is a lot less than I drink now.
I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience, and had to drastically reduce their alcohol intake, and how was their experience of that? Was it easy/difficult? Was it an issue post-surgery?
Thanks for your help.

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Ok i drink and have drank for a long time - However i Drink Vodka, so if you are a beer drinker really can not help

One thing you are going to realize is the power of a drink will be about 10 times stronger - For example I could drink 5 plus good strong drinks prior to surgery - Now i am lucky to get 2 vodka gator-aides in.

Also it is rough on the tinny tummy and definitely has calories. So i suggest you go very slow and go from a drinker to a sipper every now and then. Not going to be easy and I fully understand but I just drink high end Vodkas now and do it for enjoyment rather then the Habit or addiction I have.

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I gave up alcohol along with soda and sugar pre-op I see alcohol as just one of the many things you have to change

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Post surgery I personally think that dropping the alcohol units won't be an issue because you can't fit them in the first phase, and after a while you might lose the craving for it. BUT there is lots of research showing that WLSpatiens after a while replace food with alcohol as a form of self soothing. It would be benefitial for you to drop the units asap.

UK has a total different alcohol-culture than Norway from what I understand. You have the pubs and it is normal to go out for a pint or 3 on the afternoons etc. If you are one of those that goes to the pub on the regular, you have to learn to associate the social aspect of with with something other than alcohol. If you are an at-home drinker you need to learn when the drinking occurs and why you do it.

Either way you absolutely need to not drink alcohol for the 3-4 first months after surgery as it can cause damage to your guts.

There are 2 ways of doing this

- Going cold turkey and drop it all together. This usually works for me short term, but it ends up with me rewarding myself with it after a while. I don't drink alcohol but I do drink alot of redbull, and it is an issue. I was a pepsi max drinker before surgery so I just replaced the soda for the energydrink...

- Drop the units slowly. Cut down 1-2 pr day or only for example Saturday and wednesday. The problem with the latter is that you might "catch up" when you allow yourself.

I would suggest cut out 50% asap, and learn to savour the units that you do have. If you have 4 a day, now you have 2 a day. Next week you drop it to 1 a day, or maybe every other day. In week 3 or 4 you drop it to 2 days a week only 2 units.

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8 hours ago, redwards 123 said:

Hi there everyone!
I am in the UK, and in the process of having my pre-approval for a gastric sleeve. I am 33, 5'4 (164cm) and approximately 20 stone (280 pounds).
One thing that came up in the psych assessment is that I am a heavy drinker, and this will hinder my attempts to lose weight (with or without surgery.)
The doctor said I need to decrease my drinking to 10 units a week, which is a lot less than I drink now.
I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience, and had to drastically reduce their alcohol intake, and how was their experience of that? Was it easy/difficult? Was it an issue post-surgery?
Thanks for your help.

Follow the advice of your medical professionals. talk with your surgeon/dietitian.

What you eat and drink will affect your weight loss outcome. Follow your surgeons meal plan. Is alcohol allowed on your plan? What stage is it allowed? How much is allowed?

Edited by afterthought

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Hi there,

Just to be clear I am going to follow medical advice - I was advised by my doctor to post here to get some feedback about people's emotional and practical experience of cutting down significantly on alcohol.

Thanks for all your feedback so far, more welcome

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I do not drink hard liquor or beer. Just no preference for it. But pre-VSG, I was very much a wine drinker. Not cheap rotgut stuff (no offense to anyone who enjoys $2 moscato). I would have a few glasses each night without fail. I was very concerned about what life would look like on the other side of my surgery as far as my enjoyment of fine wines.

A little over a week post-op, and shockingly, I have no craving for wine. No desire. It doesn’t turn me off, but I’m not missing it. Something I never would have believed could be true pre-surgery. I asked my doctor about wine specifically at my one-week appointment, and he said it would be fine to have it in very small amounts, just being mindful of the empty calories aspect, and that smaller amounts of wine would hit me much harder now. Unlike RNY patients, VSG patients don’t experience many of the same issues with alcohol damaging their digestive systems post-surgery and can often drink in small amounts after their surgery with minimal issues.

A few days ago, we had a small (socially distant!) outdoor gathering with friends. None of them know about my surgery. I knew it would raise all sorts of concerns if I didn’t drink at all, because everyone knows I love my wine, so I brought a cup with about 4oz of wine in it, which I took teensy tiny sips of over the course of a few hours. It was fine but I didn’t want any more.

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