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Weight loss surgery tied to increase in drinking: Study

Published on Oct 16, 2012 9:20 AM
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People who had weight loss surgery reported greater alcohol use two years after their procedures, according to a United States (US) study. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - People who had weight loss surgery reported greater alcohol use two years after their procedures, according to a United States (US) study.

The researchers, whose findings appeared in the Archives of Surgery, said it's possible that some patients may turn to drinking if the surgery successfully stops their ability to overeat without addressing underlying issues.

In addition, the effect of certain stomach-shrinking procedures on alcohol tolerance may play a part.

"This is perhaps a risk," said Dr Alexis Conason, who worked on the study at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Centre at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Centre.

 
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