Can You Drink with Ulcerative Colitis?

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.

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2 Responses to “Can You Drink with Ulcerative Colitis?”

  1. AmandaDecember 15, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Does anyone know if there is some scientific proof of, lets say, Whiskey notbeing as harsh on UC as beer, cider and wine?
    I was out yesterday and tho im always bleeding and always have pain, yesterday and today wasnt THAT bad. i say that because i was in a fair amount of pain, but i could keep going which never happens.
    All i had was, ok quite little, whiskey with cola, cranberry juice and water. but i figured the little amount of strong whiskey would put me back home in bed.
    Does anyone know anything about this?

    • AdamDecember 27, 2013 at 5:47 am #

      Hi Amanda,

      If you follow the SCD diet or that type of thinking for treating your UC like I do. The limited amount of sugar in some whiskey (especially bourbons for example) makes it much easier on the systems of UC’ers like me (and you). If you compared a shot of whiskey to a margarita or some other super sugary drink, the difference in sugar content is massive. Same with beer for that matter.

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