Change in consumption patterns for treatment-seeking patients with alcohol use disorder post-bariatric surgery

Alfredo B. Cuellar-Barboza, Mark A. Frye, Karen Grothe, Miguel L. Prieto, Terry D. Schneekloth, Larissa L. Loukianova, K. Hall Flavin Daniel, Matthew M. Clark, Victor M. Karpyak, Joseph D. Miller, Osama A. Abulseoud*

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The aim of this study is to describe the clinical phenotype of alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment-seeking patients with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB) history; and to compare it to AUD obese non-RYGB controls. Methods: Retrospective study of electronic medical records for all patients 30-60. years treated at the Mayo Clinic Addiction Treatment Program, between June, 2004 and July, 2012. Comparisons were performed with consumption patterns pre-RYGB and at time of treatment; excluding patients with AUD treatments pre-RYGB. Results: Forty-one out of 823 patients had a RYGB history (4.9%); 122 controls were selected. Compared to controls, the RYGB group had significantly more females [. n = 29 (70.7%) vs. n = 35 (28.7%) p < 0.0001]; and met AUD criteria at a significantly earlier age (19.1 ± 0.4 vs. 25.0 ± 1. years old, p = 0.002). On average, RYGB patients reported resuming alcohol consumption 1.4 ± 0.2. years post-surgery, meeting criteria for AUD at 3.1 ± 0.5. years and seeking treatment at 5.4 ± 0.3. years postoperatively. Pre-surgical drinks per day were significantly fewer compared to post-surgical consumption [2.5 ± 0.4 vs. 8.1 ± 1.3, p = 0.009]. Prior to admission, RYGB patients reported fewer drinking days per week vs. controls (4.7 ± 0.3 vs. 5.5 ± 1.8. days, p = 0.02). Neither RYGB, gender, age nor BMI was associated with differential drinking patterns. Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that some patients develop progressive AUD several years following RYGB. This observation has important clinical implications, calling for AUD-preventive measures following RYGB. Further large-scale longitudinal studies are needed to clarify the association between RYGB and AUD onset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
OAA conceived and designed the study. ABCB and OAA collected and verified the data. JDM, MLP, ABCB and OAA performed statistical analysis, and prepared the figures; OAA and ABCB wrote the manuscript. All authors contributed significantly to interpreting the data, reviewing and editing the manuscript. This work has been funded by an NIH/NCRR CTSA KL2 ( RR024151 ) grant to OAA.

Funding Information:
Dr. Frye has received grant support from AssureRx Health , Myriad , Pfizer , National Institute of Mental Health ( RO1 MH079261 ), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ( P20AA017830 ), Mayo Foundation ; has been a consultant to Janssen Global Services, LLC, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, Myriad, Sunovion, and Teva Pharmaceuticals; and has received CME/Travel Support/presentation from CME Outfitters Inc. and Sunovian.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Inc.


  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Relapse
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)


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