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Bariatric surgery patients at risk for alcohol abuse

Bariatric surgery patients at risk for alcohol abuse
October 16, 2017

ORLANDO — Patients who undergo bariatric surgery show a significantly increased risk for alcohol abuse, highlighting the need for better patient selection and interventions to reduce these risks, according to the results of a medical literature review presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG 2017.

“We found that bariatric surgery is associated with an increase in moderate- to high-risk alcohol use, with a new-onset incidence of 8% and increased odds of alcohol abuse after surgery,” Praneet Wander, MD, a gastroenterology fellow at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York, said during her presentation. “Nineteen percent of patients overall reported drinking problems prior to surgery, and these patients still underwent the procedure.”

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