So many people ask if it’s alright to drink if you have UC (ulcerative colitis)? And again, it for sure is not a one answer fits all situations. There are quite a few people who drink all the time, almost at their own leisure, who also have ulcerative colitis. But, I would use extreme caution in drinking alcoholic drinks and beer, wine, and hard alcohol if you are a newly diagnosed UC patient.
For me, I don’t drink alcohol at all. It seems to really help my UC when I don’t drink. Back in the years before being diagnosed with colitis, I was drinking whenever I wanted to. Beer, wine, and especially Jack Daniels whiskey. But, after speaking with quite a few people, it seems that either the sugars or alcohol, or combination is just not too great for most UC patients. So I stopped.
For many people, drinking alcohol is a major part of their lifestyles. That is great, and something that is common with people all over the world. It is also something that is very addictive, and a habit that may be hard to break. As the majority of UC patients are diagnosed before they reach age 30, alcohol is usually introduced to people in their teen or early twenties. So, the combination of starting UC symptoms, and also starting to introduce alcohol can potentially be a bad combination.
My suggestion is this, if you are developing UC symptoms with bleeding and pains in your abdomen, make sure to talk with some GI doctors. And then, if you also drink on a regular basis, or just once in a while, try to stop drinking alcohol and see how your UC responds. If it is a pleasant surprise, then you might be on your way to a alcohol free life just like me.