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Before the surgery, Lori says she rarely drank. Afterwards, when she realized she couldn't overeat without feeling sick, she replaced compulsive eating with compulsive drinking. She says she began drinking between 10 and 12 drinks a day, and on some occasions, up to 20 bottles of beer in one day.
Despite many late nights partying in bars, blackouts and two stays in rehab, Lori says she could stop drinking at any time. "I know my family takes issue with this—I don't believe that I'm an alcoholic," says Lori. "I do believe that my drinking is situational and that I am making a choice to drink."