Bypass Surgery Linked To Alcoholism

A surgery has been used in recent years as a weight loss tool for those wanting to lose weight. The Center for Disease Control reports that one third or 33% of adults in the United States are obese. Of these, a percentage of them have employed something called gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure where the stomach is made smaller; about the size of an egg to make an individual feel full more quickly and reduces the amount of food consumed thereby causing them to lose weight.

The Biggest Risks of Bypass Surgery

According to statistics from 2004, averages of 100,000 per year have gotten bypass surgery. The surgery carries with it many risks including gallstones, kidney stones, hernia, vomiting and other stomach problems. In addition to this one in fifty people lose their lives as a result of the surgery.

However, one unknown risk is that that gastric bypass surgery has been linked to alcoholism. A recent study done indicates that post- bypass surgery alcohol will metabolize differently in the person’s body. The result is that the substance is more quickly absorbed in the bloodstream and the effects of alcohol are more intense. In addition, the effects of alcohol on a gastric patient also last longer.

The individual can drink less, get a more intense feeling of intoxication and also get heavily intoxicated without much effort. In addition to this, for some the “addiction” to food has worn off because of the inability to get the same physical effects from eating and this addiction can be substituted with alcohol.

According to ABC News, in a study done on women who had gastric bypass surgery, between 5 and 30% picked up new addictions after their surgery was done and food addiction handled.

Alcoholism Information

Even without a surgery to intensify the effects of alcohol, addiction to the substance is a nationwide problem which affects nearly 17.6 million people all over the country. Anyone falling into the trap of this addiction will experience cravings for alcohol or a strong need to drink more and more of it. In addition to this there is a loss of control with it where a person will not be able to go more than a few days or even a day without a drink or not be able to stop once they have started. There is also the matter of physical dependence on alcohol where a person becomes so physically addicted that they fall ill and experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking.

In addition to this, whether a person is a bypass patient or not, is that with continued use of alcohol an individual will develop an alcohol tolerance. The result is that they have to drink more and more alcohol to get the same effect.

What Happens With Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system. It slows down the body and its functions. I small amount of alcohol acts as an upper, increases energy and may cause someone to act more social toward others. As they drink more and more they start to slow down and may lose control of their motor skills; being unable to drive, walk or even talk without slurring their words. If they continue to drink as in a case of binge drinking, they can develop alcohol positioning or even die as a result of alcohol overdose.

How To Stop Alcoholism

Whether gastric bypass surgery is linked to alcoholism or not, if someone is abusing alcohol they need to get into treatment whether through NA or a long-term program like Narconon drug treatment facility. The Narconon program specializes in helping those struggling with alcoholism and achieves a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety.

Narconon does this through a unique system that does not use Narconon meetings but allows addicts to handle all the physical, mental and emotional components that lead them into alcohol addiction.

For more information call 800-874-3197.

References:
http://www.abcnews.com
http://www.addictionreporter.com/lap_band

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