Dr. Garth Swanson discusses the affects of alcohol on patients with Crohn's disease.
We don’t know exactly how alcohol affects Crohn’s disease. Acutely, we believe alcohol may be beneficial to Crohn’s disease and that moderate alcohol consumption is something that is safe for patients with Crohn’s disease to do. Chronically or large amounts of alcohol consumption appear to increase inflammation and would worsen the course of Crohn’s disease.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.