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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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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

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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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I have asthma which isnt so bad but whenever i drink alcohol my chest feels heavy so my ? Is can asthma have something to do with this and why and how

I have asthma which isnt so bad but whenever i drink alcohol my chest feels heavy so my ? Is can asthma have something to do with this and why and how

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. Also, alcohol interferes with your asthma medications & make it difficult to control the attacks. ...Read more

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When i drink alcohol the whole left side of my chest hurst and also my arm aches real bad. It just started happening within the last few months.

When i drink alcohol the whole left side of my chest hurst and also my arm aches real bad. It just started happening within the last few months.

Cannot say: but, irritation of the stomach and some reflux symptoms can give pain in the area of the esophagus. Pain in the diaphram (hiatal hernia) often is felt in the arm. cannot say in your particular case. ...Read more

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Everytime i drink alcohol within the first 10 minutes my chest starts hurting and the pain lasts for 20 min?

May be esophagus: The pattern you describe suggests more an issue with your upper stomach/swallow tube (esophagus) than anything else.Alcohol can produce a burning sensation if there are irritated surfaces in these areas. You may want to consult with your doc and see if further study and or medications are in order. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink alcohol, I get crippling pains in back, chest & shoulders. I feel unable due to intensity, after 20 mins it will pass suddenly What could cause this?

Whenever I drink alcohol, I get crippling pains in back, chest & shoulders. I feel unable due to intensity, after 20 mins it will pass suddenly 

What could cause this?

Need more info: Some people lack an enzyme that is involved in the metabolism of alcohol and there is accumulation of aldehyde, an intermediary product, that can cause the symptoms you described. Take this in the positive light and do not drink. Alcohol is a poison and it never did any body any good. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal?  I also feel light headed

You need evaluation: I have no idea what the pain is, or why drinking alcohol makes it better, but you need to talk to your doctor. Hypertension in a 22 year old man is distinctly abnormal, and if your doctor has not tested you for more unusual causes of hypertension (coarctation of the aorta, primary hyperaldosteronism, renal artery stenosis and others), you should be tested for these. Talk to him about drinking also. ...Read more