Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Make It Easier To Get Drunk?

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It’s well known that lighter-weight people can get drunk faster than heavier people. However, those who are newly slimmed down thanks to gastric bypass surgery may find themselves getting drunker even faster than those of a similar weight who haven’t gotten the surgery.

Stanford University assistant professor of surgery Dr. John Morton conducted research to confirm that alcohol is metabolized differently after the gastric bypass procedure. He found that when patients and non-patients were each given five ounces of red wine to drink within 15 minutes, the non-patients reached a breath-alcohol level of .05, whereas the patients reached a breath-alcohol level of .08-the level at which it is illegal to drive in the U.S.

Morton also found that it took patients about a half-hour longer to become completely sober again.

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