Dr. Swanson comments on the latest research on alcohol and inflammatory bowel disease.
Currently, we are doing a study looking at the effect of moderate alcohol consumption in patients with inactive inflammatory bowel disease. We are taking a group of patients and having them drink red wine, which is, moderate amount of alcohol, which is usually two glasses a day, and seeing how it affects their disease course. Thus far, the results have been very interesting, and it appears that patients with inflammatory bowel disease may drink alcohol, it’s safe for them, and in some cases may even improve their 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.