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Does WLS cause Alcoholism?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Of the discoveries made in the field of bariatric medicine over the past year including that gastric bypass places type 2 diabetes in remission immediately after surgery in more than half of those who undergo the procedure, the study grabbed by headlines is that of a small increase in post-operative alcohol abuse."

That doesn't mean that WLS causes one to become an alcoholic, it just so happens that people who have WLS also have a lot of emotional baggage to work through and some of them turn to alcohol to cope instead of seeking help.

That's the reason it is not only recommended (and sometimes required) that a patient have a psychological evaluation before hand, but see a therapist afterwards as they adjust to their new way of life.

I've never really been a drinker and am even less so since surgery. It gets my goat a bit that there was a big study that showed overwhelming benefits of WLS for diabetes, but the one that was all over the news was the study that showed a SMALL increase in alcoholism. How many people got turned off to a life saving surgery because of the over simplification & exaggeration of that study by the news media? It's exasperating how biased they can be towards surgery.

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  • JENN03275
    The physician who does WLS at a local hospital here does require psychological testing. However, there is a man I work with whose ex wife had the surgery and is alcoholic.
    1826 days ago
  • MRE1956
    Intriguing point - would have never thought of that.....
    1826 days ago
    Your title grabbed me. WLS is a radio station in Chicago that I listened to when I was a teenager! I couldn't imagine how they could cause alcoholism! I'll just move along now!
    1827 days ago
    that is very interesting, thanks for sharing.good blog title, too. really grabs your attention.
    1827 days ago
    never heard of that before, but interesting
    1827 days ago
    I had WLS and I am not an alcoholic

    I had a drink twice and have no desire to continue drinking except for maybe a skinny mojito this summer. If they could make them without alcohol I would prefer them that way :)

    If anything surgery has calmed my tendency to binge drink
    1827 days ago
    1827 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    Interesting information - thank you for posting this.
    1827 days ago
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