This question was answered on Thu 11, Mar 2010 08:40am by Dr J Singh

why can,t you drink alcohol the day before a colonoscopy

    
Asked by janet8 (Female; 59 ) on Thu 11, Mar 2010 05:57am

why can,t you drink alcohol the day before a colonoscopy

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Answer by Dr J Singh  on Thu 11, Mar 2010 08:40am:

Hello, Welcome to the forum. Some amount of salt and water is reabsorbed in the bowel but alcohol interferes with this and may cause diarrhea. This interferes with colonoscopy. Moreover alcohol often causes gastritis which also interferes with a clear field of vision of the colonoscope. Thirdly alcohol interferes and interacts with the medicines that are given before and during the procedure. Lastly alcohol can cause you to lose more fluids especially from your urine. A gastroenterologist needs a clean and empty colon for a clear picture. Otherwise, you may have to get a repeat colonoscopy done. So it is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption atleast 24 hours before the procedure. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards. You can find more relevant information about this on the following site: http://www.colonoscopyprep.info/following-the-diet-before-colonoscopy-bowel-preparation/

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Comment by Dr.Kokil Mathur on Thu 11, Mar 2010 04:15pm:
Hi! Dr Anand has explained everything very well. Apart from the reasons cited by Dr Anand, alcohol may interfere with the sedatives given for the procedure. Alcohol may cause hangover and the combined effect of the hangover and sleepiness due to fluid loss from the procedure and sedatives may not be good. Also alcohol may interfere with bowel preparation. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!

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