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tpchan85

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I've recently been diagnosed and have been eating gluten free for about 3 months. I had been at home off university slowly getting better and a few days ago I moved back feeling a fair bit better. I wonder about lifestyle though, as a 22 year old student my lifestyle before I got ill involved a lot of smoking, drinking and partying all night. Now that I need to recover I wonder how much of this is still possible? Is smoking 5 a day and getting drunk twice a week going to stall my recovery? I feel pretty s$#& after drinking but I feel more s$#& excluding myself from parties and nights out - I just hope I'm not going to make myself more ill.

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What do you think?   :lol:

 

Seriously - what are you smoking?  I am not sure how you could study smoking pot 5 times a day.  Also, watch for gluten in your drinks - no regular beer or malt beverages.

 

Could you go to a party and drink in moderation for a while?  Keep a Coke or Gatorade in your hand to sip on between drinks?


 

 

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 Rest is a good thing whenever we are recovering from any illness. Getting drunk is not IMHO a good idea. You will be more likely to 'slip up' and grab that slice of pizza at the party if you are or to 'deep' kiss with someone who is drinking a beer. Celiac disease can also impact the liver. I tragically know that all too well as you can see in my sig. Quite a few celiacs will have wonky liver panels at diagnosis. That does resolve for most after they have been gluten free for a while. It might not with binge drinking though. 

 What I used to do when I was out shooting pool was get a white rum and coke in a tall glass. When gone then I would refill with just coke. That way I didn't get hassled by the friends that wanted to see everyone stumbling around. You could try something like that for a bit. 

 It really can be quite entertaining watching the drunk folks as the night wears on. After all some will need someone to tell them what they did the next day. 

 As far as smoking goes. If you are talking cigs then 5 a day isn't a lot. With that low a number you may want to just quit though.

If you are talking pot 5 a day is too much to keep your grades at a good level. That education you are getting is expensive. Don't waste it. One on occasion is one thing. At 5 a day that is just too much especially if you are smoking before classes. 


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Well I was trying to establish how much is too much. Obviously it's better not to drink or smoke at all but not possible for me at the moment. Would it be okay to only smoke when I'm out or just stop completely? How many drinks is too many? I'm monitoring vitamin levels with my doc and taking a very good B-complex plus eating a very solid rich gluten free diet. Will either actually slow or stop my intestines from healing?

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You may find that your tolerance for alcohol goes way down as you start to heal. You'll be absorbing it more so it'll take less to get you drunk. I remember being your age and I do understand where you're at, even though I am MUCH older now. I won't point any fingers at you. If you still want to party maybe you can make every other drink one with alcohol. Drink a regular coke or whatever in between. As far as I know, pot doesn't change whether you have celiac or not. If you can handle what you are now consuming and still keep up your grades it won't make any difference whether you are gluten-free or not. Just be careful to stay strict with your diet. Eat a good gluten-free meal before you go out at night so you aren't tempted. Keep snacks on you so if the night grows long you aren't drinking on an empty stomach.


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It took 3 !/2 years but my intolerances to corn, soy, and everything else (except gluten) are gone!

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Why is it not possible to not drink or smoke? Because you are young? Sorry, no excuse. How badly do you want your health? How badly do you want to live. Just saying

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Well I was trying to establish how much is too much. Obviously it's better not to drink or smoke at all but not possible for me at the moment. Would it be okay to only smoke when I'm out or just stop completely? How many drinks is too many? I'm monitoring vitamin levels with my doc and taking a very good B-complex plus eating a very solid rich gluten free diet. Will either actually slow or stop my intestines from healing?

 

It's 100% possible not to drink or smoke...you just have to say no.  If your friends don't accept that, well, they aren't friends.  How many drinks are too many, the one that makes you start feeling tipsy, so probably no more than 2.  Do you really need to be asking this?  If you want us to give you permission to drink and smoke all you want, not happening here.  Bring some water, put it in your glass and call it good....

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