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IBS?

I recently (within the past 3 days) have been getting on and off constipation and diarrhea. Often, the diarrhea is either pretty bad and very sudden. My stomach hurts a few minutes before I know I need to go. I was hoping it would just go away on it's own. However, I figured I needed to post because the last time I had diarrhea there wasn't a lot, but it had a definite orange/red tint and was almost stringy. It reminded me of a blood clot although there wasn't any real blood.
I've been having my usual diet, the only thing I can think that I've had a lot of in the past week that could maybe effect it would be beer, haha. Can beer be the reason for it? Or could it be IBS? I need to get it taken care of immediately because I have school and work, can't be running to the bath room every 20 or so minutes.

Please respond and help ASAP!!
Thanks in advance.
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Blood in the stool would appear black and look like tar. Bright red blood would more than likely be the result of hemorrhoids. I would guess that mass quantities of beer could cause your symptoms so if it were me, I would stop drinking and drink lots of water instead to flush out anything that might be irritating the gut. Maybe you ate something that was bad and have a mild case of gastroenteritis. I had a bad case of that a few years ago and I had extremely painful cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting for about 10 hours. After that the vomiting stopped and the diarrhea slowed after a day or two until all the bugs were out of me. The cause was an undercooked egg. I get queasy just thinking about it.
Good luck.  
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