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One question that pops up for many that have diverticulosis is whether they can still have that glass of wine with dinner, or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter.  Through all the research we have scoured, there is nothing out there that says you can’t have that occasional drink.  There is no connection of alcohol and diverticulitis attacks. 

If you do have that bottle of beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Dehydration:
    Think of the cotton mouth sometimes the day after, very important to drink extra water when having an alcoholic beverage.  A great rule of thumb to follow is at least 1 8oz glass of water for every drink consumed.  This should help the bowels stay consistent.
  • Medications:
    If you are on any kind of medications check the label first.  Many medications don’t mix well with alcohol at all, so be careful of what you are consuming.
  • Blood Thinning:
    Alcohol can thin out the blood so if you feel any symptoms of a diverticulitis attack, keep in mind that severe attacks can sometimes included perforations in the intestinal lining and thinner blood with a tear could only worsen the matter.
  • No more than 2 drinks a day is reccomended

Read the signs your body sends out, if you are in a healthy mode you should be fine to enjoy that glass of wine or beer.

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