Led by Wendy King, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, the researchers studied about 2,400 participants who had bariatric surgery at 10 U.S. hospitals. They found that while the prevalence of alcohol use disorder symptoms did not change from one year prior to one year after surgery, the prevalence of the disorder was significantly higher in the second postoperative year. The greatest increase was among males and younger participants and those with lower interpersonal support. The researchers "did not find a significant association between preoperative mental health, depressive symptoms, binge eating, or past-year treatment for psychiatric or emotional problems and prospective AUD." They emphasized that "regardless of alcohol history, patients should be educated about the potential effects of bariatric surgery," particularly its risk for developing AUD.
To read more about the relationship between psychiatric disorders and bariatric surgery, see Psychiatric News.
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