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McBrad
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posted 08-27-1999 07:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just recently diagnosed with IBS and I'm nineteen years old. I'm heading back to College now, and to a lifestyle in which alcohol is often present. I was wondering if any of you have any bad reactions to alcohol that I should be wary of. My doctor prescribed me Bentyl when needed. I asked the pharmacist about it's reaction to alcohol and she was no help. Please let me know what your experiences may be. Thanks!

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posted 08-27-1999 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beansy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I cannot go near alcohol at all. I pay very very dearly.I have had IBS for many years and only recently has alcohol become a problem for me.I immediately start having symptoms after drinking and have cut all alcohol out of my life.I advise you to be cautious and see how it goes.As for your meds I dont take it myself but I would find out for sure that you can mix alcohol with it before you drink
Beansy

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posted 08-27-1999 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
McBrad,

I've had IBS for years and along with it always thought that I just had a very sensitive stomach. I don't know whether I am allergic or at the very least, I have a sensitivity to alcohol. I am having IBS plays a big role in this. I do know a few people with IBS that can drink. I can drink, at the max two drinks. I can tolerate vodka, a glass of beer and one or two glasses of wine (not red). Before I knew I had IBS or an intolerance for alcohol, I would get violently sick on more than two drinks. I'm a social drinker, I'm not talking about getting drunk, I always got too sick for that. It affects my bowels and I get migraines from alcohol. I still will have an a glass of wine or a vodka when I go out to dinner, sometimes it's OK sometimes I get sick.
Alcohol and fat in foods aren't a good mix for me.

Claire
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posted 08-28-1999 11:37 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm 25 yo. So I know what it's like to be surrounded by a lot of drinking. Before you were diagnosed with IBS,how did you handle the alcohol? Because you've probably had it for a longer time than you realize. About the Bentyl, you REALLY should look into that before you take one and drink. Anybody out there know anything specific about Bentyl?

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posted 08-28-1999 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alleycat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am in the same situation, I am 21 and going back to University for my 3rd year...in the past two years, I have been able to handle my alcohol well...meaning that I could go out and get drunk and have no stomach problems...in the last year I cut down and in the past couple of months I haven't been able to drink too much beer or mixed drinks without a stomach ache...

Try to stay away from caffiene...ex. rum and COKE...(coke is a big no-no now), definitely no champagne, not too much wine (unless drinking very slowly and eating bread every once in a while), one thing that I have tried when I go out with friends is sipping on something like rye and ginger ale (one upsets the stomach, while the other tries to calm it...)

Good Luck with your quest, but please remember that it isn't necessary to drink every time you go out, and if you do, definitely not as much as everyone else... The bathrooms at bars are not friendly to IBS "surprises"!!

McBrad
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posted 08-28-1999 05:21 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Claire- My first year in college I seemed to handle alcohol pretty well. It also seems like my body processes hard alcohol better than beer. Maybe it's the carbonation? I did have a couple of really bad attacks with beer.
Alley Cat- Thanks for the suggestion of Rye and GingerAle. I'll have to try it. I don't NEED to get drunk all the time, but I don't want to have to give it up all together. You know?
Anybody- Any other drink suggestions that settle alright? Please let me know!

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posted 08-28-1999 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joye715     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my opinion mixing alcohol with IBS is not wise Cut way down on anything you chose to drink Before I got diagnosed with IBS I would dget violently ill-- throwing up after too much alcohol-- and I think at the same time the alcohol was probably harming my gut.. I too was a social drinker but have given it up completely It is just not worth taking a chance on getting sick or the diarrhea starting back Noone at college cares whether you drink or not Just go slow Take care of yourself

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posted 08-30-1999 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Love     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am 18 at university and I'm in a soroity where alcohol is ever present. When I drink anything my neck hurts so bad!! Don't know why, just thought I'd tell you.... I find that I've learned to have way more fun without alcohol, although I am the one taking care of all my sick friends in the morning!!

McBrad
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posted 08-30-1999 08:05 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey guys listen, I KNOW that I don't HAVE to drink alcohol to fit in, or to be liked, or any junk like that. The fact is, I LIKE a little alcohol every once in a while. I was just wondering if, in your experience, alcohol had to be cut out of my life entirely, or if there are some IBS sufferers that can tolerate alcohol, to a certain extent. And, if so, what types. That's all. Thanks for the help! It's greatly appreciated!

Pamela Joanne
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posted 08-30-1999 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pamela Joanne   Click Here to Email Pamela Joanne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey,
drinking causes me D if I have more than 2 glasses of wine. sounds like that is true with alot of us.. and please don't drink and take Bentyl until you have taken Bentyl for awhile. it makes me really spacey.. infact I think going to class or studying on it would be a nightmare.. good luck, Pam

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posted 08-30-1999 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pamela Joanne   Click Here to Email Pamela Joanne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey,
drinking causes me D if I have more than 2 glasses of wine. sounds like that is true with alot of us.. and please don't drink and take Bentyl until you have taken Bentyl for awhile. it makes me really spacey.. infact I think going to class or studying on it would be a nightmare.. good luck, Pam

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posted 08-31-1999 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Noko   Click Here to Email Noko     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paaaarrrrtttyyyy. Ya I was young once. Everybody is different with IBS. What will bother one person wont bother another. I have C type IBS and having a few cocktail in the evening seems to help me (loosens my stool up so I can go). One drink I recommend is the Vodka Martini. Straight Vodka over ice with splash of dry vermoth. Be carful when drinking martinis though. Its a sipping drink, dont have to many. Its all trail and error, see how you react.

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posted 08-31-1999 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fern   Click Here to Email Fern     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey McBrad,

I LOVE beer and wine! And I drink for pleasure. For me, 2-3 beers are ok, or 2-3 glasses of wine, but these are the tops of what I can drink without problems. One caveat, though: no hard liquor. I can't have any mixed drinks or I'll surely suffer the "Gin Shits" the next day. Have a great year, research your meds mixing with alcohol and remember that you'll be trying out lots of things and will learn what does and doesn't work for you.

Claire
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posted 08-31-1999 11:22 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But McBrad, don't forget when you're trying out different drinks, to see which one works best with your stomach, that one of them may start an episode. In other words, don't try anything out in the middle of nowhere with no bathrooms for miles. We IBSers can never be too sure. Better safe than sorry, you know what I mean?

McBrad
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posted 09-01-1999 09:59 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Claire, and others, thanks for the advice. Most of my experimenting will be done in the dorms, which means that there is always a bathroom nearby. I'm always very bathroom wary and would not touch a drink otherwise. Noko, unfortunately, the last thing I need is to loosen up my stool. I am strictly an IBS (D) and loose stool is my LAST goal. Thank you for the suggested drink though!

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posted 09-01-1999 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Smile   Click Here to Email Smile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mcbrad,
Try asking another pharmaist about the alchol and meds, if that doesn't work, ask you GI. Personally I have found that lately I can not handle much more than a glass of wine. So be careful! Good luck!

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posted 09-02-1999 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for enna2   Click Here to Email enna2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi mc brad,

I am 22 and have just finished uni last year, I managed ok to drink as and when I wanted, lately I've found that drinking too much (which I don't do very often at all!!! but hey birthdays and things happen!) makes me have nasty stomach ache the next day and multiple trips to the loo! But hell, no-one feels great with a hangover!Normally I find that the odd wine or beer (Gunniess especially yum) is fine. Occassionally wine will give me tummy ache, but then I just stop drinking it!

Everyone is different though as Noko said, so find out what is good for you. But there is hope, you may not have to give it up completely.

Oh and a good trick when you are out and don't want to drink too much is to drink a lot of ginger ale between beers or whatever, it helps settle the stomach a little and still looks a bit like alcohol so any annoying college people who think it is a cardinal sin not to drink (there are some out there I know!!!) will not notice that you are not 'keeping up' as it were. You probably don't care what they think, very wise, but if you ever want to avoid the sarky comments...

you can even say it has vodka in it...no one will know!

Have a great time!

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posted 09-02-1999 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brad,

I'm 26 and have had this off and on for about two years... but what I wanted to tell you is that FOR ME.... taking Bentyl and then having a drink or two makes the effects of the alchol more. I seem to get sillier MUCH faster. Also if I drink too much I get D, but I think that's a common thing for ANYONE, not just IBS'ers.

I found when I was REALLY bad when I would take double doese of Bentyl that I would feel like my hands weren't connected to my body. I was a florist at that time and worked with a KNIFE so that was kinda an issue!

Good luck with the Bentyl but be careful and drink LOTS of H2O as the Bentyl causes dry mouth and can cause constipation! UGH!

Jill

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