Dr. Swanson discusses the affects of alcohol on patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Moderate amounts of alcohol consumption do not seem to affect the course of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Heavy alcohol consumption and other forms of drug abuse have been associated with some severe forms of irritable bowel syndrome and should be avoided in patients with irritable bowel.
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.