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In 2012 a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that reports the percentage of patients abusing alcohol increased from 7.6% to 9.6% two years after gastric bypass surgery - potentially creating 2,000 alcoholics every year in the US. There is more than one theory on why this occurs. Some say it is addiction transfer: a patient switches an addiction to food to an addiction to alcohol. More recent evidence suggests an anatomical explanation - metabolic and hormonal changes triggered by gastric bypass surgery that leave patients especially vulnerable to alcoholism. Maybe it is both - or neither? The truth is nobody is 100% sure of why alcoholism rates increase post surgery. If you are struggling with alcoholism post-surgery, however, the reason why may not be as relevant as what to do about it. There are unique challenges that face people whose alcoholism may be attributed to gastric bypass surgery, and on this episode of the Bubble Hour we will discuss this startling trend. We will share more information about why experts feel this increased vulnerability to alcoholism occurs, and speak with special guest Jessica about her own experience with gastric bypass surgery, alcoholism and recovery.
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