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Dr. You Sung Sang
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Why does my stomach hurt so bad after i drink alcohol?

Dr. You Sung Sang
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Why does my stomach hurt so bad after i drink alcohol?

Alcoholic gastritis: Alcohol is quite an irritant to the stomach lining. It also increases acid production in the stomach. Try to refrain from any alcohol and give your stomach a rest. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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How come every time i drink alcohol my stomach hurts?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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How come every time i drink alcohol my stomach hurts?

And yet you keep: drinking? Hmmmm, wonder what that means. Alcohol burns any mucosal surface you put it on - if you have ever put rubbing alcohol on a cut and it burns like crazy, that is what ethyl alcohol is also potentially doing to your stomach - causes esophagitis, gastritis and duodenitis and can worsen ulcers as well. It also can inflame the liver and pancreas. STOP DRINKING and see your doctor for eval. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm. It does not hurt. Is this normal or do I have gastritis?

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm. It does not hurt. Is this normal or do I have gastritis?

That's a message!: If you pour alcohol over a cut on your skin, it burns, right? No surprise that if your stomach is inflamed, then pouring alcohol into it will make it burn too.This may be a wonderful time to curtail consumption. Sounds like an appropriate time as well to get medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm but does not hurt. Could I have gastritis or is that normal.

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm but does not hurt. Could I have gastritis or is that normal.

Unsure what you mean: by "feeling warm." The lining of the stomach has pain receptors but not receptors for temperature, Gastritis generally causes pain and heartburn, as well as nausea and vomiting. You list yourself as a social drinker, averaging 1 or less per day, but if you are drinking all 7 drinks at one time, it certainly could cause some irritation in your stomach. Cut back to 2-3 at one time. Try antacids. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
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When I drink alcohol, one drink, my stomach starts hurting. What could that be ?

Dr. Timothy Ashley
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When I drink alcohol, one drink, my stomach starts hurting. What could that be ?

Gastritis: This sounds like gastritis, a general term for stomach irritation. Gastritis may occur without a more definitive diagnosis, or may represent underlying issues e.g. Ulcers, which can be dangerous. The general rule "if it hurts, don't do it" applies here- people with gastritis should avoid alcohol and other identified triggers, and seek help if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Pain in middle at top of stomach after i drink alcohol just under my breats ?

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Pain in middle at top of stomach after i drink alcohol just under my breats ?

That's a message!: If you pour alcohol over a cut on your skin, it burns, right? No surprise that if your stomach is inflamed, then pouring alcohol into it will make it burn too. Significant consumption may affect digestion in lots of ways. This is a wonderful time to curtail consumption. Please do yourself the favor & at least cut way back, in addition to getting appropriately evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Can i drink alcohol with a damaged stomach lining?

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Sure...but why?: Alcohol hurts when you pour it on a cut on your skin, right? It will do the same thing to your stomach if the lining is damaged. Why would you not wait a little longer for your stomach to heal before pouring in something like alcohol? For now, enjoy a healthy glass of water when out with your friends--they & we don't want to see you hurt. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Tension like pain in shoulders neck back and upper stomach when i drink alcohol. Only drink a few times a year started last year.?

Dr. Alan Ali
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Tension like pain in shoulders neck back and upper stomach when i drink alcohol.  Only drink a few times a year started last year.?

Aches & Alcohol: It appears that u might have low tolerance to alcohol. Recommend workup by your family physician to rule out other physiological causes including liver profile testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Can I drink alcohol while taking Prednisone 5 mg? I don't take any other Rx meds and it's a 6 day Rx for Prednisone, started today. No stomach issues.

Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Can I drink alcohol while taking Prednisone 5 mg? I don't take any other Rx meds and it's a 6 day Rx for Prednisone, started today. No stomach issues.

Possibly: There should be no adverse interactions between alcohol and Prednisone. However, I do not know the condition for which you are taking it. I do wonder why you cannot wait six days to consume alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. James Rotchford
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Whenever i drink alcohol, no matter how much or how little, i feel sick. Stomach pains and diarrhea. Continues next day too. Am i allergic?

Dr. James Rotchford
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Whenever i drink alcohol, no matter how much or how little, i feel sick. Stomach pains and diarrhea. Continues next day too. Am i allergic?

Many possibilities: I think to assume the problem stems from inflammation or irritation of the lining of your stomach is a mistake. I would recommend getting to the bottom of this. You are young and there has to be a good explanation. Some causes are hard to pin down. Some people, particularly native americans lack enzymes that properly break down alcohol. Please get a check up including some basic labs. ...Read more

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