For a great many people alcohol is an important part of their life. At social events, business meetings and family gatherings, it is something that brings people together. There are also a lot of people that enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine or beer in the evening. If alcohol needed to be suddenly eliminated it would make it difficult for those that consume it socially and use it in the evening as a way to reduce stress. Here we’ll take a look at some facts about alcohol and IBS.
Are There Health Risks That Come With Drinking Alcohol?
The risk of alcohol is directly associated with the amount that is consumed. There are a number of studies that suggest that moderate amounts of alcohol can actually be healthy for someone. If someone consumes a minimal or moderate amount throughout the week, then it is believed that can reduce the person’s risks of developing heart disease.
There is a wide range of illnesses that are directly related to stress and for some people, consuming a moderate amount of alcohol actually helps them reduce their levels of stress in the evenings. This and the other reasons mentioned mean that moderate consumption of alcohol can be healthy. Stress is a contributor to IBS and if someone is able to reduce their stress then that would be helpful for that condition.
Excessive drinking has a number of health consequences. Binge drinking has been found in a number of studies to increase risks to one’s health. It puts a person at increased risk of developing a dependence on alcohol and could cause their blood pressure to go up. There is an associated risk of cancer development in those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. There’s also an increased risk of stroke.
The overconsumption of alcohol has also been found to exacerbate depression and anxiety and sometimes causes mental health problems. All of those issues can contribute to exacerbating conditions related to IBS. These facts mean that it really comes down to the amount of consumption someone is doing.
What The Research Shows About Alcohol And IBS
In scientific studies, there currently hasn’t been any link found between the development of IBS and the consumption of alcohol. This doesn’t necessarily mean that IBS and alcohol are a non-issue. It simply means that the evidence today does not show that there is any direct link between the development of irritable bowel syndrome and the consumption of alcohol.
What is known is that the excessive consumption of alcohol can cause related health issues that exacerbate the condition if it already exists. This means if someone has IBS and they are binge drinking then they are likely to cause the condition to be worse. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that binge drinking in women particularly cause significant increases in symptoms related to IBS.
There has been some evidence to suggest that there are certain types of carbohydrates that tend to exacerbate symptoms in those who have IBS. This means that it is better to stay away from those carbohydrates and consume others. When it comes to alcohol and IBS there are certain drinks that are considered better than others. For example, it is thought that beer, red and white wine, vodka and whiskey are some of the better alcoholic drinks to consume for those with IBS. Even so, it is highly recommended that consumption be kept to a moderate amount.
Rum, as an example, has been found to be one of those alcoholic drinks that would not be recommended. The reason is that it contains fructose. Those with this condition often experience symptoms from IBS when consuming too much fructose. This would mean that it’s also important to refrain from using mixers that contain fructose. Even mixing your drinks with fruit juices often causes problems with symptoms. The reason is that the fruit juices contain fructose and that has been associated with exacerbating symptoms.
A Final Word About Drinking With IBS
There’s little evidence that suggests that the consumption of alcohol will cause the development of IBS. There is also little evidence that the moderate consumption of alcohol would be disruptive for someone who has IBS. What is clear is that the excessive consumption or binge drinking of alcohol could be disruptive to someone with IBS. This means that alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum or to a moderate level.