Is Beer Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beer is bad for constipation. Because it has alcohol and carbon dioxide and they can dehydrate your body, irritate your gut, and slow down your bowel movements.

Constipation is a condition that affects your bowel movements.

In constipation, your body has difficulty passing stools or passes them less often than normal.

This can lead to various health problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, hemorrhoids, and fecal impaction.

One of the key factors in managing constipation is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency, frequency, and ease of passage, which can impact your constipation symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage constipation, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and avoid low-fiber foods like processed meats, cheese, white bread, and pastries.

Now, beer is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grains, such as barley, wheat, or corn.

People usually drink beer for its taste, effects, or social reasons.

Beer is bad for constipation because it contains alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Alcohol can dehydrate your body and reduce the secretion of antidiuretic hormone, which helps your body retain water.

Dehydration can make your stools dry and hard, which can worsen constipation.

Carbon dioxide can increase the acidity of your stomach and intestines, which can irritate your digestive tract and cause bloating and gas.

One 12-ounce serving of beer can give you about 13 grams of carbohydrates (4% of your daily needs), 0.7 grams of protein (1% of your daily needs), and 14 grams of alcohol (no recommended intake).

Alcohol can negatively affect constipation by dehydrating your body and slowing down your bowel movements.

Carbohydrates can positively affect constipation by providing energy and bulk to your stools.

Protein can positively affect constipation by supporting your muscle function and tissue repair.

Furthermore, beer is a low-fiber drink and low-fiber drinks are bad for constipation.

Because, fiber helps soften your stools, increase your stool volume, and stimulate your bowel movements.

That’s why I suggest you limit your beer intake to avoid dehydration, irritation, and slow transit.

Stick to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men to minimize the risk of constipation and other health problems.

Also, you shouldn’t drink beer if you have inflammatory bowel disease, gastritis, or ulcers to prevent aggravating your condition.

Because alcohol can increase inflammation, damage your gut lining, and worsen your symptoms.

You can buy beer in your local stores or online.

Always choose beer with a lower alcohol content and a higher water content.

Because this can help reduce dehydration and irritation.

You can store beer in a cool and dark place for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing constipation effectively.

I always recommend my constipation patients to follow a constipation-friendly diet to improve their bowel function and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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