19 Jun '12, 11pm

Weight Loss Surgery Increases Alcoholism Risk: A common form of weight loss surgery significantly increases the

Weight Loss Surgery Increases Alcoholism Risk: A common form of weight loss surgery significantly increases the

A common form of weight loss surgery significantly increases the risk of alcoholism, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery , in which the size of the stomach is reduced and part of the intestine is bypassed, nearly doubles the risk of alcoholism, according to the study. It is one of several that show an increased risk of alcohol addiction after bariatric surgery. Dr. Mitchell Roslin, a bariatric surgeon at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York, told the Daily Mail that the increased risk of addiction was not caused by a patient shifting addictions from food to alcohol. “A gastric bypass patient has a small pouch, so alcohol goes straight into the intestine and is absorbed rapidly,” Roslin said. “When it is absorbed rapidly, there is a high peak and rapid fall, and the higher absorption rate makes alcohol more...

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