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This forum discussion is about the experiences and advice of individuals with ileostomies regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages, particularly beer, and its potential effects on gas and output consistency.

Hey all!

I'm 6 weeks out from temp Ileostomy (laparoscopic) surgery and feel great. I've been given the green light from my surgeon to hit the gym and eat whatever I want.

I've been eating pretty unhealthy without fruits and veggies in my life. Mainly burgers and fries, tacos, tons of chips, cookies, etc. haha. It will be nice to get some green back in my diet.

I'm curious. The surgeon also said I can have alcoholic drinks. (beer is my drink of choice pre surgery) I know everyone is different, but I've never experienced dehydration or liquid output even if I don't drink a lot of water, and eat like crap. Not really sure why.

im definitely going to try beer and see what happens, but I'm curious if anyone on here has similar plumbing??? Basically I feel like I can eat and drink whatever and my output stays pretty consistent (thick) I even eat very large meals without issue.

I also heard you can get more hungover? I saw a trick to eat marshmallow before you drink to create a temp blockage so it doesn't fly through you??? Thoughts???

how else will you know your limits if you don't push them?

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So my girlfriends wanted to see how I'd do with my first drink post colectomy and ileostomy. Cayman Jack margarita glass bottles sooo goood. I drank it really slow bc I didn't know how I'd respond and I made sure I was eating foods with it and I didn't want to give them any satisfaction of thinking I was a lightweight now lol. When I have an alcoholic drink I put some Buoy drops in it and make sure I'm drinking water too. White wines I've been ok with (I don't do reds bc of migraines)Martinis I have to be more careful with one was ok two was not lol. I don't drink every day, more social, or if my kids have really driven me crazy that day and I need to chill.

I'm also another one that can't stand beer, so I can't speak for that in particular.

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No idea on the alcohol part but I'd start slow and see how you react. Beer may cause lots of gas.

Reply to crappycolondiaries

From Dorothy Parker, part of The Algonquin Round Table in the Thirties:

"I do enjoy a Martini; Two at the very most. With Three I'm under the table; With Four I'm under the host."



I certainly don't need as much alcohol to get the "warm and fuzzies" as I used to pre-surgery, one or two G T's will do the trick!

Have only been "ripped to the tits"* a few times since surgery (not a regular binge-drinker just sometimes one needs to be comfortably numb), but didn't really have a hangover, just a bit headachey the next day. I'd eat something stodgy before going out because just drinking on its own the bag does fill pretty quickly (although that makes it easier to empty, just don't get too pissed!) and drink plenty of water before hitting the sack.

Can't stand beer, but can imagine that it would be gas inducing. Still early days for you so anything in moderation will probably be OK.



*Cary Grant when commenting on Princess Grace of Monaco at a party...."Her Serene Royal Highness was ripped to the tits"!

Reply to Bryce

This made me laugh :)

Reply to Anonymous

G T's have been a new favorite of mine post colectomy. Not sure why I like it now. I'm still trying to figure out what I like anymore half or more of the time. Also, when it's non alcohol time-which is a lot of the day when you have kids and I'm the on call friend for when my friend goes into labor... so until her baby comes if I have anything it's just one. I really like club soda with fresh lime which is something I couldn't stand drinking before, maybe it's the sodium? Maybe the lime?Maybe the combo?

Reply to Anonymous

Thanks for your response. I'm going to give beer a whirl and see how it goes. I've heard some people are not affected at all by the gas so I'm crossing my fingers that's me. Otherwise, I guess I'll switch to sippin on some scotch or whiskey. Also something I enjoy. Just can't beat an ice cold pint on a hot day.


I have had a permanent ileostomy for 8yrs now, beer always caused extreme gas(due to the carbonation, same reason I don't drink anything carbonated), recently I've become a bourbon on the rocks guy, especially honey bourbon, no issues but I rarely have over a double shot. Key I've learned is moderation in everything


Gas WILL result in bag balloonification (I made that word up) hmmm, for me it depends on how much stoma singing I want. Sometimes a burp in the stoma is silent and as it balloons you can retreat to the nearest stall and release the air an collapse the bag. Other times it is downright vulgar and some might wonder what the hell was that noise coming from your belly button! The only difference ;from the "old days" of farting would be, there is no foul odor wafting around your friends making them flee! ;In my lifetime I have been amazed by people, I will not name names here (usually male drinkers) who actually believe loud obnoxious farting is funny - LOL NOT!!! ;jb


Hi Danno before i had resection surgery i used to drink beer, now that i have a better stoma beer goes right thru me so i,ve switched to captain and coke, but a cold beer on a hot summer day still goes good.

Reply to ron in mich

Thanks for your response. It's becoming more likely that I'll be switching to the hard stuff.

Reply to Danno

I havent noticed any issue with drinking beer but I drink the good beer (craft breweries). I try to drink lots of water too.


Everyone is different, if you like beer I'd say give it a try. I've had my current ileostomy around 6 months now and love a good beer, after 3 months or so post surgery I had a few at home to see how it reacted. I drink a beer slowly at least compared to my friends I drink beer with, about 1 an hour and it was fine maybe a bit more gas than usual but hardly noticeable. I've been dealing with uc and then a poorly functioning j-pouch so knowing where a bathroom or even my truck with supplies and some privacy is nothing new to me and very helpful. I also mix some Metamucil powder to drink before I consume beer and that helps me to keep my output thick at least for a while.


yes i have to agree with try different beers i know that i have found a nice dark beer doesnt give me gas but most have i am a big corona beer fan with grinadine my favorite. then now with my uncle we found that schilts beer and fireball, makes a nice cinnomon beer, captain morgan and coke, other fav tuaca well shaken it has to be really cold taste like butterscotch. moonshine and rootbeer we call bootbeer,baileys and coffee.then now since most of my uncles friends are passing away i am the nephew that goes hunting and drinking with him. so now i got him trying infusion drinks so far my uncle has been mixing different coffee syurps with povo vodka and yes with it all when hecker wants to be an ass an talking shit i have to respond like everyone does but that is my list of goodiesenjoy the things that you can



I just celebrated my 3 yr "Stomaversary" (colon removed, Ken butt etc). Beer occasionally gives me gas. Not so much discomfort, just a little noisier. Advice I was given was to go 1 glass of water for 2 drinks. Sometimes more liquid discharge than normal. It goes back to normal shortly after. Eating pretzels with your beer may help. If I know Im going to be having a drinks I'll take some Liquid IV powder before I go. I'm a believer in the "Anything (legal) is alright in moderation". With St. Paddy's coming try a Guinness. Lower alcohol, fewer callories and less gas than "normal" beer.. Some Irish whiskey may be in order too.


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Update: ;I learned today that the average person drinks 9 alcoholic beverages a week.

I also learned that I am above average

Reply to Justbreathe

I'll let you borrow my 9.


I don't like beer but I can't imagine beer would be any worse for gas that soda. Someone introduced me to (I think) grasshopper - creme de menthe and milk. I had several. Too much milk for my ostomy and intestine to handle!


I eat pretty much everything and havent had an issue so far. If you are eating greens or anything that poses a blockage issue, corn, nuts, tomatoes, fruit with peelings, mushrooms, I just chew them a lot more. I remember just a day after surgery (ileostomy) I swallowed my chewing gum!! I told the nurse and she said it's ok! phew! Remember Mom said it will make your insides stick together!!!!


I was a pretty regular Makers on the rocks and craft beer girl. Then after my first surgery I lost the craving for alcohol. It's been ten months since I have had a drink!

I will admit that going back to work made me want to have a drink pretty bad, so I bought Athletic Brewing NA Beer - Upside Dawn. It actually tastes like the beers I love AND only 45 calories to boot.

I've heard there's some NA whiskey out there too, so I'm gonna look into that one of these days too.

at this point, it's been long enough that I'm letting the booze go for good. There's no downside to it for sure.

Reply to Justbreathe

That's really the average? I guess I would be a lightweight then

Reply to Danno

Hi, I had surgery on May 31st, I drink a beer a day and so far so good. Without gas. Also drink a glass of wine at Lunch time and its been great for me.

Reply to Bryce

I'm  talking beer, want beer drinkers, don't drink spirits, should have explained  better, I've  started chemotherapy  with the stoma as  I drank  i sipped water and had a packet of marshmallows, not a problem  but you wee more

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