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i went to the doctor the other day.i've been having bloody stools, he said i have hemorroids..is this from too much beer? its been 4 days now and i'm still seeing blood in the toilet only when i poop..i'm 37 years old and in fairly good health..i do drink

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Hemorrhoids : Hemorrhoids in men are usually caused by constipation and straining while having a bowel movement. I do not believe beer will cause hemorrhoids, however beer can cause gastritis or an ulcer which could result in blood in your stool. You should request to see a gastroenterologist for a possible colonoscopy and endoscopy to make sure nothing more serious than hemorrhoids are the cause of your bleeding. Also make sure you are screened for anemia. All the best.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan commented
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
beer and all forms of alcohol and caffeine can contribute to constipation and dry hard stool and straining which can cause hemorrhoids to bleed, however you should not assume this is the case. See a gi doctor or colorectal surgeon promptly
Sep 14, 2013
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Only if a LOT: Of beer. Cirrhosis of the liver can manifest with varicose veins of both the esophagus (gullet) and of the veins around the rectum (hemorrhoids). Your doctor can do blood tests for your liver, and if there is concern, do various kinds of scans on liver to determine if this is the problem. If you are a 'social' drinker (2 or fewer drinks per day), then this is less likely. Talk to your doctor.

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