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Gastric Bypass Patients Beware!

Alcohol Consumption Affects Gastric Bypass Patients Differently.

In 2011, the American College of Surgeons issued a press release reporting that patients who underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) operation had a considerably higher breath alcohol content based on the same amount of alcohol consumed prior to the operation.  Moreover, these patients took significantly more time to return to a sober state after the operation compared with alcohol levels tested prior to having the procedure.

Patients undergoing a RYGB operation should discuss with their physician the change in response their body will experience when consuming alcohol beverages after surgery.  The American College of Surgeons recommends to all RYGB patients to never drink and drive.  Further, they recommend these patients limit consumption of alcohol to one standard drink (one 12-oz beer, 5-oz wine, or 2-oz liquor) every two hours.

The press release may be viewed in full at

This press release also reported that researchers discovered that some (a few) patients underwent an addiction transfer trading one vice, such as overeating, for another, such as alcohol or drug use.

The lawyers at the Oberman and Rice make a special effort to watch for current trends in identifying impaired or intoxicated drivers.  You may always contact us to obtain information relevant to a Tennessee DUI case.

About Steve Oberman

Steve Oberman
Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer), and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges, and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. Steve was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach at the University of Latvia School of Law in 2019. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

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