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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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 
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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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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