Alcohol And Squirts?

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Dear Poopreport,

Why is crap so watery and fluid-like after a night of drinking? Bud mud or beer shit. Southern Comfort will really twist up your guts -- sometimes I use almost an entire roll of paper. Should I stop drinking or eat more fiber?

-- Insane Wayne

The answer is relatively straightforward: Alcohol is a toxin, and is toxic to the human body in even moderate amounts.

While we may have a few drinks and not feel anything, our body certainly takes notice of the alcohol. Alcohol is toxic to any area of the body that it touches -- from the point where it comes in contact with the oral cavity and is swallowed, down the esophagus, and into the stomach, alcohol is poisonous to cells and tissues of these parts of the digestive system.

The absorption of alcohol begins in the stomach and continues in the small intestine, where the bulk of the alcohol is absorbed. As the intestinal cells absorb the alcohol, the toxicity causes these cells to lose their ability to absorb water, and some cells even die. The cell injury and death leads to an outpouring of fluid from the intestinal lining, which is in turn poorly absorbed.

The end result is large volume secretory diarrhea. The diarrhea usually lasts for several hours until the alcohol is detoxified and removed from the digestive system.

Diarrhea after the consumption of alcohol is not a universal side effect. Many of us who drink do not have episodes of diarrhea afterwards. Why this occurs in some and not others is most likely related to the sensitivity of our individual digestive systems to alcohol, along with the amount of alcohol consumed. Furthermore, other kinds of food and drink can certainly cause and/or worsen diarrhea that was already caused by alcohol.

Does this mean we should never drink alcohol? No. Alcohol has been shown to have many beneficial effects throughout our bodies. However, I want to emphasize that alcohol is toxic -- it kills millions of people in the world every year, and should be consumed in small amounts with responsibility, moderation, and respect. Even by PoopReporters.

Best wishes,

Dr. Adams

Dr. Adams is a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hopsital in Manhasset, NY. Got a question for him?

259 Comments on "Alcohol And Squirts?"

naughtypotty's picture

wow i thought i was the only one. i'm like, "i drink alot, and now i poop liquid-y.... wonder if it's related" apparently so. i really want to cut down on the drinking, it's not even like i get drunk every day, but i just need a few drinks to get me by...

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Max, if your post is true, then you've got bigger problems that your bowel cells sloughing off. Drinking that much at your stated age puts you in a position to have serious alcohol troubles later on in life. Serious. Like alcoholic troubles.

I'd recommend taking a break just to see if you can. I'm 39 and love to drink. Just love it. Put a good bottle of red wine in front of me and it won't last that long. However, it seems that I don't have to worry about things progressing to alcoholism - my drinking has a limit, and over the years, I've realized that it always stops before getting to a point where I honestly worry. Not everyone is that lucky. And many people who start drinking as young as you become hard core drinkers and end up addicted, lifelong alcoholics.

I'm not saying that you're one of them, I'm saying that by drinking this early, you're increasing the odds of becoming a drunk tenfold. By the way, I cannot take pain killers. I am a hard core pain killer addict and have very little control over them. When I broke my foot a few years ago, I could not take pain meds because I would have gotten hooked again. That's my burden. It's something I have to deal with every time I get injured. Honestly dealing with it - my addiction - is important.

Please take care of yourself and give your body a break from the booze. If you find yourself obsessing over it or wanting to drink really bad, talk to someone. If not, then good. Your organs (brain, liver, stomach) have to last you a long, long life hopefully. Take care of them! Big hug.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Max's picture

This secretion thing just happened to me this morning, after a hard night of drinking. I'm a really big guy who is 17 years old and can drink more than anyone I know. I drank something like 1.5 L of different 40% alcohols last night and passed out. I have several questions for you doctor: I have heard of being able to increase one's tolerance through consumption, is this attributed to the killing of bowel cells? If so, could I be able to drink so much because I have a weak/damaged intestine? Am I in danger if this is happening at such a young age? How will I know if my cells have been killed? Will they regenerate over time and if so, how long do I need to go without alcohol?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm only 22 but have always been more a pothead than a boozer, and maybe I should stay that way. We bought a keg of Amber Bock this weekend since the beer stores are closed on Sunday and we didn't want to run out. I only weigh about 100 lbs, and drank quite a few beers, and now I literally can't even stop swearing and whining enough to read on the pot! It's AWFUL! The majority of these posts being from 30+ people makes me wonder if my body is just not designed for alcohol. This happens almost EVERY TIME I get drunk! Tipsy, I'm okay. Drunk, I'm shitting everywhere. I'm also poop shy so I just have to pray my boyfriend is asleep and I can creep downstairs.

Time to go poop again. :( My asshole is on fire.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Well after a night out and heavy drinking session. ove vodka i always get th e runs but also a foostie smell as well. I also sweat really bad below the waist. Any help? Cheers

Male24's picture

I've been a heavy drinker since i was 16, most of the time cheap malt liquor(about 5pints of 8.5 a day) since i cant hold a job due to my alc intake lol. ive got this for the last 3 years but when i do stop drinking for more then 2-3days it goes back to normal.

i also sometimes get throw up in the same constant squirting, for up to 12hrs at a time sometimes, and it has the same traces of yellow bile my shit does, sometimes my shit goes BLACK to lol, thats never fun to see. no odd smells tho :) , 90% of the time anyways.

A fellow drinker's picture

Stop drinking? I prefer to stop shitting.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Doc I am a 22 year old heavy drinker and I shit dirty green waste into the toilet after long nights of drinking dry bourbon and tequila. I had some really cheap Tequila last night and now I am farting and my ass is leaking. I have been on the toilet for hours. But I think that it might be due to the fifteen dollars worth of Taco Bell I ate after 6 shots of Pepe Lopez. Help me Doc!

prarie doggin's picture
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Shitwit, just do what I did. Install a mini bar above the toilet.

shitwit's picture
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I'm glad I've cut way back on the booze too. With my angry bowels and the lactose intolerance in full swing, any kind of liquor just adds fuel to the fire. It may take people many years and lots of stained shorts to come to this conclusion, but sooner or later we all poop ourselves.

Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

Rum-bum's picture

If anything has come out of reading this discussion board it is that I must endevour to try new varietals of alcohol. I too am one of those 30+ year olds who has always consumed large quantites of alcohol without a drama... up until recently. At first I thought it was rum-bum... so I kissed goodbye to the rum. But then champagne, port... you name it. Its great to hear Im not alone and that my liver's not packing up on me.

prarie doggin's picture
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TidalSpiral, you might have a problem with grain alcohol. Try a good Polish potato vodka, and report back with the results.

Boomerang's picture
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TidalSpiral - What?

Shitler - The Real Poop Nazi. I also have a joke about him hating Pews (Poo + Jew) but that's a little too offensive....

Shitler - Poop Nazi. I also have a joke about him hating Pews (that's Jews + Poo) but maybe that's a little offensive...

TidalSpiral's picture

Oh man does this topic touch home (and cotton). I've been having the Hell Squirts off and on for some time, but I had already figured out it was related to my drinking. I'm only 21 and other forms of liquor don't seem to do too bad, plus if I eat a good amount of real food (non-gas station or McDonald's level garbage) it stifles the effect. However on my normal diet and not eating a ton most days, the vodka gets my guts twisted like a copper wire in a hurricane. Unfortunately it's the alcohol I love most too. Grey Goose always lets me have it but I just got some Stoli Elit - may God help my culo.

bleh.'s picture

so i have read all of these and realized that only onne pperson has posted a CURE for the diharrea problem. for me, Jose Cuervo (tequila) gives me NO hang over or diharrea. and thats saying a lot, considering that i get the squirts from most all types of alcohol. the one night that i had Jose Cuervo, i was expecting to have some narly shits the next morning, but even though i had a TON of it that night, i had no sort of stomach pains the next morning.. so give that a try. PATRONE on the other hand.. did give me the shits. i only trust good old Jose Cuervo.


Monkey Squirt's picture

This never used to be a problem for me, but it has become one. I stopped drinking while pregnant and breastfeeding (duh), but now even one drink will leave me with horrible cramps, foul gas and diarrhea for the next 24 hours. More than one drink and you can add vomiting to the list. It really sucks... I'm not a heavy drinker and I would like to be able to go out a couple times/year and not ruin the next day or two for myself.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I also suffer from this problem, are there any cures????

smith's picture

I've always wondered why alcohol affects the smell of my output so much. Whether it's a beer or a couple of glasses of wine the next day I tend to make rather stink when the time comes to have a #2. drug rehab in california

Eight years of this is enough's picture

I slowed down from 4 or 5 times a week of drinkin heavey. To once or twice and often have two beers instead of 12 and guess what? Shits be gone! Suddenly fiber and eating right and exercise are not so uncool. As long as I moderate to the extream I think I can have a few good Ice cold brews we so love & admire. What do you think?

phatmanxxl's picture
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I'm a pothead so I don't drink, but I might just go out and get a bottle of vodka to experience the infamous beer shits. Sounds better than a bum rush from a mc d's sausage egg and cheese!

i google poop's picture

I drank a few drinks that were made with some Midori and blue Curacao last night. It stained my poop green! But that's way better than when I drink vodka and my shit smells so bad. I don't know why, but vodka makes it so stinky. Nothing else does it to me.

Ass Disaster !'s picture

I have just spent 15 mins reading all the comments (and been for an ass blast twice in that time..) I'm not sure that I have cured anything but i laughed so hard i nearly shit myself! Ive suffered with this for about 8years and boy is it getting wearing. I keep saying ill give up the beer for a bit to see if it is that which causes it but i cant seem to manage more than 1/2 day without a pint. Maybe the squirts isnt my only issue..... haha keep smiling.

Anonymous Coward's picture

man oh man...i sure am drunk...however, the mad fecal matter that will go down down down like a burning ring of fire has more to do with the half bottle of tapatio i put on my chicken enchilada. so good man. im sure the 6 heinis amd the 3 vodka tonics dont help though. The moral of the story: of your sttill reading this your are simple, or as drunk as i am. And I would like to be your dear lonley...

Miss Simone Scat's picture
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banrigh, Nope keep boozing. This too shall pass. Then normal poops.
Producing waste since 1967

Producing waste since 1967

banrigh's picture

Okay, I thought I was the only one with this problem. But it isnt the next day for me, as soon as I drink a sip of wine I have to run to a bathrooom and the poop explodes out of me. I drink every other day, about a bottle of wine. Is it time to give up the booze?

daphne's picture
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This question would be best handled in the hands of a professional wino. Me.

Your answer is yes. The wine is definitely giving you the runs.
.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Looking for help to Hold it in's picture

Hi Doc,
31 yo, I admit I drink about 6-8 glasses of wine per night. I constantly have the runs. I take metamucil but it doesn't help. I'm worried about bowel cancer. do you think it may just be the wine?

Anonymous Nitwit's picture

I'm wondering why having a few belts the day after seems to "cure" the wateriness (until the next morning)

captain diarrhea's picture

I used to drink an assload...every day for weeks at a the bud-mud from drinking excessively. Now I have IBS, and shit all the time...Can binge drinking all the time for several years cause this? I'm only 25...
However, i like to throw my farts at my girlfriend.......hahahaha

gottagetmynutsback's picture

yeah the whole shit thing really bothered me too! until i found the CURE, well atleast for me. good ole 1800 tequila! !!!GODSEND!!!
found something that gives me no hangover or squirts!

GottaGoGirl's picture
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That sounds delicious! Could I get a splash of Tabasco on top of that, please? Yum.

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
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I went to college in Milwaukee. There is a place there called Real Chili. When I tell you if you get their chili to go it literally leaks thru the styrofoam container its NO LIE this stuff is LETHAL. Combine THAT with a night of drinking. Let me tell you if you are too drunk to order be careful,some people think its funny to order for you and they always get the chili of the FIVE alarm variety. This not only produces shits of biblical proportions, it also produces DAYS worth of LASER farts that burn holes in your sheets and in your shorts. It was and probably still is quite the place!
The Thunderous Crapper 63 Enjoying home toilet advantage since 2004!


8 yrs. of this is enough's picture

I have had this problem for more than 8 years. Two or more drinks of any thing and there is trouble. I'm 43 and just quit drinking for health reasons. I swear I've almost died from alot to drink and very hot spicy food. Live to learn and learn to live.

JJL's picture

So it's not just me who has this problem then. Good to know. I had been just fine drinking - even bingeing now and then with the boys; however, ever since I turned 29 or so, I'm seriously unwell after drinking, even only a modest three beers or one glass of wine on a healthy, full stomach. I have serious evacuation issues. My stomach doesn't like the booze but my brain sure does. I've had to reconcile the two recently. I'm no longer a drinker for health reasons. To those who can still imbibe, all I can say is count your lucky stars.

klsjdfkfldkgdhkgjdfh's picture

this has REALLY helped! i get this shits everytime i drink, i guess i do toooo much. eggh but i love it.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Daphne, the booze may explain the pinky problem, BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN THEY CAN'T TAKE THE CAPS OFF?

What causes that?

Grogan's picture
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Dysentary: Having the squirts for a prolonged period of time can cause dehydradion. I would stop drinking, make an appointment with the doc and get everything checked out. Better safe than sorry.

I recently cut way the heck back on drinking, and now more often than not have solid turds again. Whiskey gives me the morning shits then by the evening everything is a-ok in that department.

Anomalous Coward's picture
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This is why I don't drink. I just drive others to drink. At least this is what my wife says...

daphne's picture
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After looking back over this particular comment thread, I've decided that drinking also cripples the pinkies, thus resulting in an inability to hit the caps buttons on a computer.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Dysentary's picture

I used to drink all the time. Ever since I turned 29 I get the runny shits everytime I drink. It is so bad that I think I have to fart and I shit in my pants if I'm not carefult. anyone? Is my liver dying? HELP

Anonymous Shitter #2's picture

man some of these made me laugh out loud. Just recently I've been peeing out of my ass almost constantly. It stopped after a couple days once, with a little medication for diarrhea, but a little more alcohol quickly saw that my pee came out of my ass again. . not really stomach pains, but some churning in there. Dunoo if I should take it serious or not, nothing on the web seems to point to something life threatening, but still I'm wary of the ass peeing.

Ms. X's picture

i drink vodka pretty regularly but i usually stick to gordon's , so like two days ago i try a shot of smirnoff and i've felt like i'm constipated but have diahrrea at the same time and it sucks balls. didn't sleep at all last night. wtf? i didn't know my body could tell the difference but apparently...

Anonymous Coward's picture

Dear Doc,
I was just wondering if you knew what alcoholic drink has the least side affects when it come to diarrhea and vomiting?

Thanks :)

Anonymous Coward's picture

Liquor in moderation is good for my bowels... it seems to stimulate it and everything is much fuller in the morning. An excess or light alcohol (wine,beer) is not good.

JustAnswering's picture

JustAsking: i do. today is the worst I've experienced "alcohol shits" and all I drank was cap't and coke all night. My stomach is in knots and i'm finding myself having explosive shitting episodes.

I typically have mild shits after drinking, but looking at a previous post, i was on antibiotics recently and i'm wondering if that's causing this.

JustAsking's picture

Do any of you who get these alcohol related diarrhea, also get it with A LOT of stomach pain???

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Ya think?

Anonymous Shitter's picture

I went to a place that had all the liquor you can drink for $10.00. Well after they closed I went back to my hotel and started puking my brains out which in turn led to me shitting all over the hotel room floor and my pants. Lying there in puke and shit. Was I poisoned by alcohol?

sparkles's picture

hey, nice site doc!
every time i drink jim beam and coke i have the worst shits the next day.. even worse its black from all the coke.. its fucked cos i cant even eat.. but thanks again i understand why I shit alot after drinking!

Anonymous Coward's picture

"Drink more, eat less fiber, shit yourself to death."

ok, it seems like most of you have IBS, and thats not a laughing matter at all. I used to drink a lot and never had a problem. Then one fateful day I took a small dose of antibiotics and then went out and downed a few tequilas and beers. The next day I had the worst diarrea ever! 3 years later and I am still not ok.

My advice to all you boozers out there. STOP DRINKING ITS NOT WORTH IT!

and if you do. do it in moderation!

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