UC Diary: Does Alcohol Effect My Ulcerative Colitis?
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on January 3, 2011
In the interest of seeing whether my UC is effected by Alcohol, I decided to drink some of the alcohol my Mam and Sisters brought back from a family get together. This test wasn’t planned untill the family come home with what they did. OK, I had a drink for the sake of it too! And that drink just reaffirmed what I already knew about my dislike for it. I know, stupid thing to test something on yourself you don’t necessarily drink anyway.
I’d like to stress I am not a fan of or a big drinker by any stretch of the imagination, I never have been. I only feel “Merry” for about an hour or so, then after that I just feel ill, which isn’t no fun. I felt this way before I developed UC, but seems worser with UC. I’ve only ever been drunk a handful of times in my life, nearly every one of those times was before I developed Ulcerative Colitis. Last time I had a drink was Dec 31st 2008, and it seemed there was some effect on the UC as I bled that night and the following morning, where I hadn’t done for the last three or four days. So I put the bleeding down to Alcohol.
Thing is, did that really do it? As I’ve said in my UC Blogs before it’s hard to tell what has an adverse effect on me and what doesn’t, especially when the UC is currently active.
Dec 27th 2010: 10:30pm – I started drinking. Just supping Red Wine from a bottle, not that nice really, but the bad taste went after a while. Carried on drinking and finished the Red Wine ’till about 1am. Was somewhat drunk at this point. Besides feeling the general effects of being hot and losing balance a little, no effect on UC.
Dec 28th 2010: 1:30am – I started drinking Ouzo. Bad idea! Between 1:30am and 3:30am (estimated) when I stopped drinking, assorted activities took place! Including: being sick, drunken debating, confirming someone was ‘Owned’, Learned I upset two Iranians, Upset a U.S. Republican (man who was ‘owned’), spoke to people on Facebook Chat (Very rare I do that!), listened to Music and replied to general comments.
Dec 28th 2010: 3:30am – I stopped drinking Ouzo, I never finished the half bottle. I felt ill, wasn’t a nice drunk feeling anymore, just a horrible loss of equilibrium, profuse sweating and feeling tired. No Signs of UC trouble.
Dec 28th 2010: 5:00am – Was sick again and felt horrible. So note to self: “Don’t drink because it fucks you up! There’s another reason besides the UC you don’t drink!”
Dec 28th 2010: 6:00am – Sobering up, had been since about 4am. I stayed up untill fully sober and went to bed about 11am.
Dec 28th 2010: 1:30pm – I had to get up because I couldn’t get comfortable and just couldn’t sleep. Felt like this before last week for a few days, I put it down to my depressed mood and UC. After I went to toilet on Christmas morning I felt better again and could sleep OK, even though I was agitated. So I’m not sure the Alcohol is causing this.
Dec 28th 2010: 3:00pm – Still awake, and really tired! But still can’t sleep. I probably will stay awake untill bed time now, around 10 or 11pm. So far no UC problems, but I think I will see if it had any effect on me when do visit the toilet. So far though, it hasn’t shown any signs of being more active. I can still feel the after effects of the Alcohol, it’s what I don’t like it about it, I can feel it for 24hrs or more.
Dec 28th 2010: 7:20pm – Went to the toilet, not much trouble, same as it usually is.
Dec 28th 2010: 7:35pm – Went to the toilet again just when I started eating tea, I was on the toilet for two hours and lost more blood than I would usually do. There was also a lot of dark red clots (clotted) blood too! I lost count of how many times I went, but it was no more than eight. I had to go back in to the shower three times to clean up and ease the pain. After I had pain and tenderness so I stayed up a little longer waiting to go to bed.
Dec 28th 2010: 11:10pm – Went to bed, had a sore abdomen, was a little uncomfortable and only slept untill 4:50am.
Dec 29th 2010: 4:50am – Woke up, but lay in bed for a while, tried to get back to sleep, but I just couldn’t.Aabdomen was still sore. Got up around 5:55am.
Dec 29th 2010: 6am to 10am – Stayed awake while feeling really tired. Didn’t feel much discomfort, just tiredness.
Dec 29th 2010: 10am to 1:30pm – Went back to bed, slept and woke up still feeling tired.
Dec 29th 2010: 1:30pm to 6:30pm – Got up, no sore abdomen but gurgling insides. Went to the toilet at 6:15pm, no blood. But wasn’t, what I call ‘A full evacuation’. May have more later after a meal. It usually happens like that, I have a meal and I need the toilet. You’d think what I was eating there and then caused it, but it doesn’t. What I think happens is a full stomach put’s pressure on the large colon (which is directly below the stomach, see picture below) and it clears, and when it gets going, it’s like a leaky tap!
Dec 29th 2010: 10:30pm – Went to go to bed around 10:30pm and went to the toilet before hand. It was OK really, not that much blood and no pain.
Dec 30th 2010: 1am to 3am – Woke up a few times, couldn’t get comfortable, but slept OK, even though I was awake for over an hour at one point and finally awoke and got up around 7am. Abdomen was a little sore, but not as bad as yesterday.
Dec 30th 2010: 7am – 9:30am – Currently awake and feel tired already, want to go back to bed. UC’s quiet with no problems, yet.
Dec 30th 2010: 12:30am to 5pm – I had to go to bed I was tired. I woke up with some tenderness in my abdomen again and I’m still feeling it now. Still tired.
Dec 30th 2010: 5pm to 11pm – During this time I went to the toilet twice. Wasn’t too bad. Went to bed at 11pm and woke at 5am on the 31st of Dec 2010. Had a little abdominal pain.
Well, it’s been three days and I have to say it does look like Alcohol effected the Ulcerative Colitis. Even though it was only for a day and a half, I don’t think it’s worth it. I think prolonged use of Alcohol every week would be a bad idea and would affect the UC more.
This little test did however remind me how I’m not a fan of alcohol, unlike many other people, I don’t enjoy the feeling of being drunk for long, 24 hours of a sick drunken feeling followed by a day and half of UC uncomfortableness is not worth the one hour happy drunk time I get.
Besides the above, another thing about drinking I don’t like is the loss of control. I like to be aware of what’s going on around me, I like to be in control and conscious. Being in the house is one thing when you’re drunk but the idea of being outside and drunk scares me. Being out of control and unable to defend myself, well… shouldn’t that worry everyone?
Anyway, Alcohol… bad idea… mmmmkaaay?