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Alcohol and IBD

Hi Everyone!

Here I am with another question.

Can alcohol affect IBD and cause you to have a flare up/bring on symptoms??

For the past few months I’ve been feeling really nauseous, bloated, get the feeling I need to pass a stool, get pains in my stomach and sometimes I vomit after I’ve had very little to drink (this could be 2 drinks, 3 at most). I am sometimes sick when I’m drunk or the next day when I’m suffering from a hangover but I haven’t even drank enough to get drunk, or even tipsy, for the past few months and I’m still feeling like this.

Like a lot of people I enjoy a tipple but the way I’m feeling after drinking the tiniest bit of alcohol is putting me off.

I’ve only been experiencing this for the past few months, coincidently after my IBS symptoms have started to get worse and I’ve developed new possible IBD symptoms and was wondering could this be due to IBD?? I am still waiting on getting tests done but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and should I stop drinking alcohol, whilst I’m waiting to get my tests??



  1. Hi Danielle,

    Everyone of course is so different when it comes to trigger foods. Alcohol for the most part however, is definitely a trigger for those with IBS and IBD. I know for me I can rarely drink due to this. When I do drink I can only have a small amount and if it's beer forget it. Beer is a huge no for me. I stick with wine mostly. But even still, like I say, I don't drink as it upsets my system.

    So to answer your question, alcohol is definitely a trigger for most people, and usually across the board it's suggested not to drink or to drink very very little.

    I hope you feel better soon and get positive results from your upcoming tests.

    Big hugs, Elizabeth (team member)

    1. Hi ,

      Thank you for your reply!

      Everything you’ve said has really helped and I definitely think Alcohol is no go from now on.

      Thank you!

      Danielle ☺️

  2. ,

    Glad I was able to help some. Keep us posted with how you are doing! Feel better soon.

    Hugs, Elizabeth (team member)

    1. ,

      I’m so glad I came across this site as you guys have helped me a lot. Way more than any doctors have!

      Will do and thank you!

      Danielle ☺️

  3. Hey .

    IBD is such a complex disease. There's a huge range of symptoms that we can experience. Some people might experience all of them and others may experience just a few. Our triggers are often different too, as is the food and drink we can tolerate, and even which treatments help improve our symptoms.

    So, I can only share my personal experience. Alcohol always caused me a lot of pain, cramps, and increased frequency and urgency.

    ~ Sahara (team member)

    1. Hi @SaharaFleetwood-Beresford

      Thanks for your reply! It’s really helped!!

      I’ve stopped drinking alcohol for the time being and hope to not drink until I get more tests done, which will hopefully provide me with more answers.

      Thanks again,

    2. My fingers remain crossed for you !

      I didn't drink for a long time because of the symptoms increasing so much. Now, I can drink, but rarely do! To be honest, it did me a favour because I definitely drank too much before diagnosis, No chance of that now lol.

      ~ Sahara (team member)

  4. Hello, just wanted to share that yes, personally I cannot drink alcohol because it gives me seriously sharp stomach pains and messes my crohns up big time!
    If I have something little now and then its usually okay but for the most part I don't bother as I'm not fussed on drink much anyway 😄

    1. Hi

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm getting similar symptoms so I have cut out alcohol for the foreseeable future. Theirs just no point as its making me feel so rubbish. It is a

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