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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does alcohol affect IBS?

    I'm a long time irritable bowel sufferer and regularly drink (3-4 nights a week) with dinner. Could this impact my IBS?
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    Joy Anderson

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in … View Profile

    Alcohol is a known irritant in the intestinal tract, so yes, it can make IBS worse. In addition, many alcoholic drinks contain carbohydrates (FODMAPs - see other questions about this) that can contribute to IBS in many sufferers.

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