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07-13-2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hey being new to Crohns Disease im starting to learn what I can and can't eat and drink..Im just wondering what everyones take on Drinking alcohol>>I'm coming from a lifestyle that social drinking is encouraged..
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07-13-2010, 07:03 PM   #2
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Hey, I am with you. I am entering my junior year in college and I am surrounded by partys and alcohal. So far, I have been a pretty steady drinker. Like twice a week and once a week a bit heavy. And the only side-affect I have with alcohal and Crohns is that I will ussally need to really go to the bathroom in the morning but thats pretty much the extent to it. Havnt really had any other effects from it.
07-13-2010, 07:22 PM   #3
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I've drank twice now after my surgery and my DX with Crohn's. It just complicates things with medications your taking. Like I'm on Imuran and your liver is working to remove stuff for it then you add booze into the mix it's just really hard on your body. Having a few brew's would be fine I think just as long as you don't go crazy and drink enough that your hungover in the morning.
Oh and make sure you drink like a glass of water per drink you have.
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07-13-2010, 08:33 PM   #4
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i have had to make two lists for life: Things That Make My Ass Hurt and Things That Don't Make My Ass Hurt. Booze is definitely on the first list. I can have one beer every once in a while, but i think my last flare was partially kicked off by Bacardi 151.
Booze is hard on the body and if you are on bunches of meds like me, who knows what the interactions are. So I guess my two cents is - be nice to your liver and also make two lists

ps it's my birthday this weekend so maybe i will sneak a shot....sssshhhh.....

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07-13-2010, 08:58 PM   #5
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I don't even try to drink anything anymore. It hurts so bad and is totally not worth it to me!! I wish I could. Seems like everyone always tries to pressure me into drinking.
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07-13-2010, 09:49 PM   #6
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On the SCD we're allowed to drink any alcohol that doesn't have too high of a sugar content. Thinks like dry wines, bourbon, vodka... You get the picture Just be careful with experimenting because sometimes it's more than just the sugar content that can upset your gut.
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07-14-2010, 12:57 AM   #7
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Well I tried some peach schnapps over the weekend (first drink since becoming ill in April). It hurt, I felt sick and gave me d.
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07-14-2010, 01:34 AM   #8
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I can pretty much drink anything but beer without too much trouble. Beer, unfortunately, cramps me up pretty bad within about 30 minutes of drinking it.
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07-14-2010, 06:01 AM   #9
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Hey Tim.

I find this subject a very difficult one. I love drinking with my friends and love a good party its always been part of my life. After a recent flare I had to have a good telling off to myself and cut back on the booze, I noticed soooo much different. I still drink though, but just don't binge. I used to find it hard as others would beg me to drink. Its a tough one but if you just cut back a bit rather then totally cutting it out you might find this easier. Anytime I drink I just know that night and the nxt day is going to be a bad crohns day for me
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07-14-2010, 06:15 AM   #10
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I find beer and whiskys hurt my stomach but can tolerate wine, vodka and ciders fine. Maybe worth sticking to one drink for the night, dont get too pissed and see how you feel afterwards (takes me an hr or 2 drinking beer before my stomach bloats)
07-14-2010, 06:57 AM   #11
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I find all alcohol (plus every single thing I eat) bloats me up and hurts like crazy but after a few drinks it numbs the pain for a while so it's almost worth it. However the next morning the pain is back and then some. It's up to you really but as I don't really have flares as much as constant pain with no relief, then alcohol is the only way I can get some semi-relief really. Plus it also lessens the anxiety for a while.
07-14-2010, 07:20 AM   #12
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I swear it does something to me, idk what it just makes me feel like crap, and tired, and achey, and hurts my belly (doesn't feel like crohn's) and ALWAYS makes me need the toilet the next day, and my Crohn's is in remission but it seems I get really bad runs if I have alcohol... hum.
07-14-2010, 07:57 AM   #13
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I was never a big drinker, and I also have Celiac disease, so I have to keep away from beer. When I did drink, I didn't feel that great - bloated and gassy.

Make sure you read the info that comes with your meds - some meds can take a real toll on your liver, so you're advised not to drink. Talk with your doc about that if you're concerned.
07-14-2010, 01:24 PM   #14
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I went back and forth on this a long time. I drank pretty heavily from 18-28ish, a large portion of that time I was in remission (about seven years).

I am now 32 and I often wish I didn't. I might have avoided a lot of hassle in Crohn's issues later. Now I still want to go party from time to time, but now I think otherwise.

I will have the occasional Tiki drink from time to time, but really I just try and avoid it entirely now.
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07-14-2010, 01:44 PM   #15
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This has got to be tough on a young person who is in that prime period of life for partying and drinking a lot.

I would suggest you speak candidly with your doctor and listen to his/her advice. Everyone on here has different experiences and is on different meds - alcohol affects everyone differently, just like foods can be safe for some and dangerous for others.

In the "partying" category, and not that I would ever advocate illegal drug use (okay... maybe I would), you will find an interesting discussion on the Treatment forum regarding "medical marijuana."

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I decided to abstain, and haven't had a drink for 9 months, this is cos it hurts so much! It gave me awful D, but before that I used to only drink clear spirits like vodka or bacardi, beers and wines cripple me!
I think everything in moderation, but just be careful if you're on meds that interfere with the liver like Imuran
It's hard for young uns, I was young once believe it or not, and was THE party animal!
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I have given up on drinking. I used to have a glass of wine now and then when we went out for dinner or for special occasions, but it is just not worth it right now. Plus, one drink gets me hammered and I really don't like that feeling anymore. Maybe someday again, but for now it goes in the red meat/corn/raw vegetables category for me (which means it's a big no-no).
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07-17-2010, 07:27 AM   #19
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Hi Tim,

To be honest I just don't drink at all!! It hurts me too much too and ends up not being worth it. I have struggled to drink alcohol since I was about 20 (must admit my BF loved the fact that I could now drive him around everywhere..he..he..) Anyway I not only have crohns but severe reflux so pretty much even before I was dx with crohns last year I already didn't drink cause of the reflux. Just gotta weigh up how much the booze hurts you and figure out whether its worth the pain. It would def be hard when your younger, but its your long term health thats at rest.

Good luck I do hope you can find something to drink on social occassions that doesn't upset you.
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I used to love to party and have done my fair share of it but since the Chron's diagnosis last year I didn't drink at all for 7 months and now have just strated having a few drinks here and there, I have found that with just a few I am ok but definately NOT draft or keg beer, I have just been experimenting slowly on what my body will tolerate.
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07-17-2010, 04:46 PM   #21
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I have tried to ignore the fact, but i'm sure my last flare up was caused by a few glasses of red wine at a party! I have had the occasional glass with no real problem but I would be afraid to indulge. I now stick to non-alcoholic larger when I go out just in case.
07-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #22
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It makes me feel sick, I had two light drinks today and felt sick. lol
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I feel that B 151 is best with crohns.....ugh...haha
07-17-2010, 09:30 PM   #24
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I haven't drank in at least 2 years,I don't think I could handle even a girly drink at this point. I used to drink pretty hardcore in my early 20's. I was a fool and dabbled in a few hard drugs also in college, I'm sure that didn't help anything :/. I just stick to MJ now, it helps with Nausea/Appetite.
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I haven't drank in at least 2 years,I don't think I could handle even a girly drink at this point. I used to drink pretty hardcore in my early 20's. I was a fool and dabbled in a few hard drugs also in college, I'm sure that didn't help anything :/. I just stick to MJ now, it helps with Nausea/Appetite.
Just wondering to all the people that have had drinks with Crohns, do you feel the negative effects right away or does it just hit you harder the next day?

For me, I have no negative effects at all the night that Im drinking. The next day I start to recover normally. Then mid/late afternoon, I get hit with a low fever, horrible nausea, fatigue, and bloating. No pain though.

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with ale i find within the hr.. doesnt hurt but u know its a problem

thing is i can wine, a fair few whiskeys, bit of vodka and coke, few shots (sambuca, tequila, jager) as one does and the next day i feel like shit (headaches, lethargic).. does everyone else with crohns get that?
08-23-2010, 04:09 AM   #27
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with ale i find within the hr.. doesnt hurt but u know its a problem

thing is i can wine, a fair few whiskeys, bit of vodka and coke, few shots (sambuca, tequila, jager) as one does and the next day i feel like shit (headaches, lethargic).. does everyone else with crohns get that?
I feel ill while I'm drinking - bloated, crampy etc but after a bit it numbs which is the only good bit. However I'm punished the next day with awful cramps and toilet visits and always promise myself not to do it again. Its horrible.
08-23-2010, 04:22 AM   #28
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I havnt had a drink for years
and even wen I did drink it wasn't often (tho it was a big nite out wen I did)
I always found it a waste, a waste of money and a waste of the next day wen too hung over to do anything
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thing is i can wine, a fair few whiskeys, bit of vodka and coke, few shots (sambuca, tequila, jager) as one does and the next day i feel like shit (headaches, lethargic).. does everyone else with crohns get that?
Do you mean all these in one night? If so, I think everyone else,crohns or no, gets that!! Hell, I'm a little queazy just reading it!!!
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Hi Tim, I used to have as much fun with my mates at uni partying as any other youngster. Crohns changed all that. It was a bit interesting saying to myself that I don't have to drink to have fun. My friends struggled with it more than I did but they all understand now that I can't drink alcohol. Some go to great lengths to find me interesting Alternatives which I appreciate. Since I stopped drinking alcohol I feel much beter. There is life after alcohol. You just need to embrace it
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