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Beer, wine and mixed drinks, oh my!

One question that comes up all the time is “when can I drink again…wait, can I drink again?”  The answer is yes…and no.  You can’t drink the way you could maybe have in the past.  Just like you can’t eat the way you could have in the past.  Everyone of course is different, but there are some pieces of advice that are normally the same from all medical professionals.  I’ll share those here with you.


  • Wait a minimum of 6 months after surgery
  • Do not drink alcohol on a regular basis after surgery; it increases the risk of ulcers
  • Don’t overdue it…with many patients, you can become intoxicated after just one drink
  • Take care, as some patients have “transfer addictions” and drinking can become a problem as food may have been in the past

Personally, I have noticed that just one drink goes straight to my head.  I drink very, very rarely (think weddings and holidays).  So, if I do decide to have a drink I make sure to have two glasses of water afterwards.  I’ve noticed for me, personally, I feel dehydrated way faster than I did pre-op.  I also make sure I never drive after even one drink.  If you decide to indulge this holiday season, just make sure to keep safe…cheers!

Here’s a few fun glasses to make your drink feel indulgent…

Hand Painted Margarita Glass
wine glasses.jpg
Hot Pink Wine Glasses
Antoni Barcelona Martini Glass


Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

2 thoughts on “Beer, wine and mixed drinks, oh my!

  1. I had a gastric bypass back in jan 2014. I cant drink like I used to. I’m lucky if I can get through a 1/2 drink. It’s really not worth me drinking since I pay full price for 1/2 a drink. But that is probably a good thing.


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