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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back. With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back.  With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

Could be many things: but if it is getting worse after drinking, I would be concerned that it might be pancreatitis. Anything in what is called the "retroperitoneum" - very posterior organs like the pancreas, a short part of the duodenum, the kidneys - may radiate to the back. I would see your health care provider for a full evaluation, including blood work and possibly imaging of the pancreas. Stop alcohol! ...Read more

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I get pain in my upper right abdomen (right near rib cage) within 20-30 sec after taking even a 1/2 shot of alcohol. I drink maybe 3-4 times/week.

I get pain in my upper right abdomen (right near rib cage) within 20-30 sec after taking even a 1/2 shot of alcohol. I drink maybe 3-4 times/week.

Alcohol: Your upper GI tract and accessory organs are very susceptible to the ravages of alcohol and some people suffer ill effects more than others. The organs most likely to be effected are the stomach, duodenum, pancreas and liver. The liver and gall bladder are the right upper quadrant and in your case inflammation of the liver may be the most likely cause, Give up the alcohol it is not worth it. ...Read more

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I have a small disconfort in the left upper side of my abdomen belo the ripcage; it increases when drinking alcohol or eating to much.after my esses are dark.having headacks and flue often.what is it?

I have a small disconfort in the left upper side of my abdomen belo the ripcage; it increases when drinking alcohol or eating to much.after my esses are dark.having headacks and flue often.what is it?

Gastric Reflex: Treating gastric reflex, called GERD, would prevent developing gastric ulcers and bigger problems. Pl go your GO and get it checked out to get the prescribed combo treatment you may need. ...Read more

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My right side hurts just below my rib after drinking alcohol. Not bad, just like a sour stomach only on the wrong side. My liver numbers are good.?

My right side hurts just below my rib after drinking alcohol. Not bad, just like a sour stomach only on the wrong side. My liver numbers are good.?

Get checked out: Pain is the way your body lets you know there is a problem. The relationship to your drinking is no accident. This could be anything from an ulcer, to a problem with your gall bladder or pancreas. You need a physical exam from your primary care physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why am i having pain under right rib cage after drinking beer?

Why am i having pain under right rib cage after drinking beer?

Sounds like your --: Liver is protesting to your drinking habits. Maybe you need to change the drink. If its happening with all types of beer, then get yourself checked by your pcp. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a pain little under my rib cage ,it normally goes away with antacids ! alcohol ,cafe makes it worse?

I have a pain  little under my rib cage  ,it  normally goes away with antacids ! alcohol ,cafe makes it worse?

Sounds like GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux is both common and unpleasant. The specific triggers you mention are the most commonly associated foods/substances that increase reflux symptoms. Another possibility is gastritis or even Helicobater pylori infection of the stomach (which leads to ulcers). The best way to establish the diagnosis is with testing through your doctor and the treatment depends upon what is found. ...Read more