Dr. Garth Swanson shares the affects of alcohol on patients with ulcerative colitis.
Similar to Crohn’s disease, in the short term, alcohol appears to be beneficial to ulcerative colitis and decrease inflammation, but the same thing holds true that chronically or heavy amounts of alcohol consumption would worsen the course of ulcerative colitis and could lead to other complications.
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.