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Old 03-04-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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Why do I feel better when I drink alcohol?

I've been meaning to post this for a long time because it is baffling to me, so here goes: I'm not a big drinker and never have been. When I was having issues with eating about a year ago, my GI doc suggested I have a glass of wine or beer with dinner because it would relax me and increase my appetite. So I started doing that. Low and behold, not only does it relax me (duh!), but it dulls any pain I have and allows me to eat more. I also feel like I don't have the same digestive problems afterwards-- excessive fullness, belching, etc. I told this to a doctor friend of mine who said it meant that my stomach problems were probably largely psychological. I didn't like hearing that, but I could see how it might play a role. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't drink much, and I've even heard that alcohol delays gastric emptying, which I think would be worse for me, but in terms of how I feel after I eat when I've had a drink, it's actually better. How weird is that?

Any thoughts???? Thanks!

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Old 03-04-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: Why do I feel better when I drink alcohol?

Hi Mizzaj,

Sorry you are still not feeling well. I am still not 100% but the bad days are becoming fewer.

Commenting because I think it's weird that alcohol would make you feel better. It does the opposite to me and before I started having the problems I have currently I found drinking made my stomach burn/hurt so I stopped even the beer/wine I'd have while cooking (this is way before I ever got sick/gallbladder, etc).

I do now again occasionally have a beer while cooking/before dinner but I can't have more than one or I suffer burning low in my abdomen (I can NOT drink red wine, ever).

I'm still losing weight but it's slowed. Down 35lbs now.

Good luck to you! I hope you feel better soon.

Old 03-04-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: Why do I feel better when I drink alcohol?

Hey Zoegirl,

Glad to hear that your bad days have become fewer and fewer.....that's great!

It's weird-- I've heard some people say that alcohol gives them terrible heartburn and pain, and I read another post where the poster said the same thing as me-- that having a glass of wine helped her to eat. I don't know what to make of it, but when my GI doc recommended it, I figured I may as well try it. Maybe my stomach issues are more anxiety related....who knows?

I do not drink red wine. Only beer or white wine. I'm afraid that red wine is too acidic and would upset my stomach. I stay completely away from that and any other type of alcohol. Weird....

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