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Stomach Cramps After Drinking Alcohol
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
I have no gallbladder and I get severe stomach cramps and the runs for days after drinking alcohol. Is this in the realm of normal?
Alcoholic Gastritis: I would recommend no Aspirin (this will make it worse). Prilosec otc is a good option. And, of course not to drink for a bit...Let your stomach calm down. ...Read more
Stop alcohol: First, stop drinking alcohol. Drink plenty of water. Bland foods like applesauce, dry toast, etc. Mint tea, or ginger tea may be soothing and help with nausea. For fresh ginger tea: peel a 2” piece of ginger root. Bring two cups of water to boil and add sliced ginger. Reduce the heat and leave for 15-20 minutes to simmer. Strain the tea and add honey and lemon to taste. ...Read more
Irritation: Alcoholis rapidly metabolized in the body, and generates reactive oxygen species. As a pro-oxidant, it causes oxidative damage to the cells and tissues in the GI tract. The stomach and the intestines have a single layer of cells lining its inner side, which normally provides a barrier. When this barrier is disrupted, inflammation can occur, leading to stomach pain. Gastritis, pancreatitis, etc. ...Read more
I wouldn't count on: It. Please see your physician to have any parasites properly assessed. They would be treated with a prescription antiparasitic. Take care. ...Read more
Yes it is: Alcohol is rapidly absored from the stomach unless there is food in the stomach. Rapid absorption leads to high blood levels which then flow through the liver which takes a bigger hit if the alcohl concentrations are higher. That is why most wise people eat a snack or cheese bites before drinking. Another safety factor is to drink at a slow pace, taking about one hour to finish one alcoholic drin ...Read more
After drinking alcohol (2 glasses wine)I get pain right side upper abdomen that can last for days. What could this be? I'm 49.
Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Why do I feel my stomach warm when drinking alcohol on empty stomach. But when I have eaten something I don't feel it warm. Also there is no pain.
Faster absorption: Alcohol makes blood vessels become larger, or vasodilate, which can create a feeling of warmth. If you don't have any food in your stomach to absorb the alcohol with, you are more likely to feel the effects of just the alcohol alone. Having food in your stomach slows down the rate of absorption of the alcohol and therefore you wouldn't feel those effects quite as easily. ...Read more
Hi, for the past month I have been getting a terrible sharp pain in my lower abdomen on my left side and it seems to be only when I'm drinking alcohol?
Gastritis or spasm: Sounds like a good reason to avoid the empty calories. Upper middle (/epigastric) discomfort from alcohol can be due to gastritis--when the stomach lining becomes irritated/raw/inflamed and painful when exposed to noxious substances; or could be an allergic-type response, causing esophageal spasm, which usually lasts 10-20 minutes per episode and is extremely uncomfortable. Try avoidance. ...Read more
Where is it sore?: And how much alcohol? Which spicy food? How long ago between when you ate, drank and onset of symptoms? Were you having any vomiting or diarrhea earlier? These are the questions that would help me better understand the nature of your problem. Without this information I'm afraid my advice won't be very specific. I do suggest though, that if the pain persists or is over the right upper abdomen, CMD2Day ...Read more
Why would drinking alcohol EASE my stomach. If my stomach is weak the acids should make it worse (right?) but it always makes me feel better. Why?
Be careful: Although alcohol may make you feel better "subjectively" due to the euphoric effects of alcohol, it can damage the lining of the stomach. This can lead to problems which include inflammation of the stomach, or gastritis. Alcohol abuse can also increase the risk of developing small intestine cancers and mouth cancer. ...Read more
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