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Why does my stomach hurt so bad after I drink alcohol?

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

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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Why does my stomach hurt for days after I consume alcohol? I seem to vomit and have stomach pain even after a few shots, and I don't drink often

Why does my stomach hurt for days after I consume alcohol? I seem to vomit and have stomach pain even after a few shots, and I don't drink often

Pancreatitis: I understand your distress.
Commend yourself for not drinking often.
Stomach and vomiting are likely due to Alcohol induced Gastritis or Pancreatitis.
Your Health is Precious!
See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment.
See Psychiatrist for therapy for stresses in life, use of Alcohol and its effects.
Attend AA meetings. ...Read more

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How come every time I drink alcohol my stomach hurts?

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

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

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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Pain in middle at top of stomach after I drink alcohol just under my breats?

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

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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Can I drink alcohol with a damaged stomach lining?

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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I have a dull pain on my left side. Feels deep inside abdomen I find its worst if I drink alcohol or protein drinks. Should I be concerned?

I have a dull pain on my left side. Feels deep inside abdomen I find its worst if I drink alcohol or protein drinks. Should I be concerned?

Could be: Gastritis/stomach irritation due to acid prduction when you drink alcohol or protein drinks.
I won't be concerned much.
Right upper abdominal pain could be from liver or gallbladder problems.
But if it's persistent and getting worse, go see your dr to rule out intestinal, splenic problems (less likely). ...Read more

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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.?

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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I have been getting horrible abdominal pains and cramp pains whenever I eat or occasionally when I drink alcohol?

I have been getting horrible abdominal pains and cramp pains whenever I eat or occasionally when I drink alcohol?

Get examined now!: Possible gastritis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gallbladder disease or and combination of GI/alcohol related issues: you will need an exam, blood testing. imaging and possible endoscopy- call NOW! ...Read more

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Burning sensation in my stomach/intestines when I drink alcohol?

Burning sensation in my stomach/intestines when I drink alcohol?

Best to avoid: Alcohol. You may have a sensitivity to alcohol.
Allergy specialists can diagnose and treat the condition.
Seek one out in your city. Also check your lab tests for liver, allergies and gastritis. ...Read more

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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.

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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I recently started getting a burning sensation in my stomach whenever I drink alcohol. Sometimes mild pain radiates to my sides. Any idea what it is?

I recently started getting a burning sensation in my stomach whenever I drink alcohol. Sometimes mild pain radiates to my sides. Any idea what it is?

Could be: Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), can even be a start of ulcer. Pancreatitis is also one side effect if somebody drinks too much. Pls see your dr for evaluation. Also if alcohol is causing this problem, better to stop drinking it. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a stomach ulcer and I like to drink. Is there a medication that can coat my stomach before I drink alcohol?

I have a stomach ulcer and I like to drink. Is there a medication that can coat my stomach before I drink alcohol?

You seriously need: Help. Do you want to die? What you are proposing is crazy (and this is coming from a shrink). Please get help. Alcoholics anonymous is free, confidential and a great source of support. At this point, would also encourage you to let your gastroenterologist know what you are doing. An addiction medicine specialist is also very important. ...Read more

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I have been feeling sick for a week and a half. Upset stomach and exhaustion. When I drink alcohol my face turns red but this never happens usually?

I have been feeling sick for a week and a half. Upset stomach and exhaustion. When I drink alcohol my face turns red but this never happens usually?

Alcohol inflammation: This is is concerning and may be indicative of inflammation of your pancreas and perhaps your liver. This in turn leads to decrease activity of alcohol dehydrogenase and thus a build up of acetal aldehyde. Skin flushing, nausea, etc. hydration, magnesium, thiamine, abstinence, more hydration, and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 22have Gastronitis/Gerd. Whenever I drink alcohol or even sip a small amount I get the worst jitters with some stomach pain. What may be the cause?

Alcohol Gastritis: I understand your discomfort.
Alcohol is one of the major triggers for Gastritis.
It is likely that Alcohol use in the past contributed to or exacerbated stomach pain
Alcohol can aggravate GERD.
See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis of Gastritis and GERD ;Treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy to cope with the stresses in life, use of Alcohol and its effects on your functioning; attend AA Meetings ...Read more

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Stomach ache after vomiting after drinking alcohol?

Stomach ache after vomiting after drinking alcohol?

See your family doc!: Alcohol is toxic to humans and organs. Sounds like you have really irritated your stomach and may have gastritis or esophagitis, which could cause bleeding. ...Read more

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Why does my back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Hard to say: But the fact that you have kept drinking despite the fact that your back hurts when you drink tells me that I should be concerned that you may have an alcohol problem. It could be inflammation of your pancreas, stomach, duodenum or a problem with your gallbladder. I strongly suggest STOPPING drinking until you get a diagnosis, and see your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my left breast hurt when I drink alcohol?

GI reflus: It could be a cardiac reason and you should go to ER OR IT could be GI S.sx of acid reflux ...Read more

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Why does my lower/middle back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Once sign of lymphom: Pain induced by alcohol is one sign of a lymphoma. Should be checked out. However if a behavior causes pain, is that behavior important enough to repeat? ...Read more

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My shoulder hurt when I drink alcohol does this mean anything?

My shoulder hurt when I drink alcohol does this mean anything?

Probably: But right off the bat, I can't think of what. If a cold beverage is introduced into the stomach it could irritate the diaphragm which can then irritate the shoulder through the nerves. How much volume of alcohol causes this pain. Is it pop or back of the shoulder. There are no known connections between alcohol and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

No clue: Some people are very sensitive to the effects of alcohol on muscle, where it can cause inflammation of muscle cells (myositis), but this usually occurs after binges of large amounts of alcohol, not one drink. There are always idiosyncracies where people are more sensitive. Having a blood test that can show normal or elevated muscle enzymes can be ordered by your doctor, who you should talk to. ...Read more

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Why does alcohol burn when it goes down my throt. And why does my stomach hurt after a little wine.

Why does alcohol burn when it goes down my throt. And why does my stomach hurt after a little wine.

Toxic: Alcohol can damage cells. In your stomach it tends to promote ulcer formation.

Listen to your body. If it hurts when you drink alcohol, then it would be best not to drink alcohol.
If you hit your fonger with a hammer, would you smash it again? ...Read more

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When I drink alcohol nowadays my head hurts. Could I have become allergic to it?

It's not "allergy": Allergy really means activity of our immune system, and that isn't what this is. Alcohol causes headaches in MANY people, and sometimes the reaction is not only from the alcohol but other substances in the beverage, like nitrates in wines. People with migraine are often highly sensitive to these effects and may routinely get headache. Stop or cut down, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

Bladder irritant: Alcohol is a bladder irritant for some people so when they drink it the bladder hurts. Other bladder irritants include caffeine, acidic foods and pop. Avoid those irritants and drink more water. Taking in more water can reduce bladder infections. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink alcohol my neck, chest, and the area around my ribs hurt. Started noticing about 6 months ago. Never had any issues before this.?

Whenever I drink alcohol my neck, chest, and the area around my ribs hurt. Started noticing about 6 months ago. Never had any issues before this.?

Hard to say: Alcohol burns things - it is very destructive to tissue. If you put alcohol on a cut, you know this. It may be your are getting esophagitis, gastritis or acid peptic disease, or even pancreatic inflammation, depending on how much you are drinking and your body's sensitivity to alcohol. Your physician can help figure it out with more complete history, physical and labs. Stop alcohol use for now. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more