Alcoholism more likely after gastric bypass, study finds

08/3/2011 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Patients who underwent gastric-bypass procedures were at greater risk of alcohol abuse than those who had restrictive surgeries such as gastric banding, according to a study presented at the Digestive Disease conference in Chicago. Experts said those who had the operation were also four times more likely to require patient care for alcoholism than the general population. Both physical and psychological reasons may play a role in the transference of addictions, experts said.

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