Study: Obesity surgery may increase alcohol abuse

June 18, 2012 10:18:13 AM PDT
A new study says obesity surgery may increase a patient's chances for alcohol abuse

Patients in the study who had gastric bypass surgery faced double the risk for excessive drinking two years later. That's compared with those who had a less drastic weight loss operation. Researchers think gastric bypass changes how the body digests and metabolizes alcohol. The study involved nearly 2,000 patients nationwide. It was released online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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