Can Alcohol Cause Gastritis?

If you experience any abdominal pain after you drink alcohol, it’s probably gastritis caused by excessive alcohol consumption. In mild cases, an over-the-counter antacid can cure it, but if you’re a raging alcoholic then the only course of treatment is abstaining from alcohol and let the body heal on its own. Many people don’t know they’re suffering from gastritis when the pains coming kicking in.

Gastritis is caused by severe irritation that the walls of the stomach are subjected to. At times, it even leads to inflation and in severe cases, bleeding. Not caused by the occasional casual drink, gastritis usually arises from a large quantity of alcohol, either through binge drinking, or chronic alcoholism.  Gastritis is quite common for people who abuse alcohol and can be caused by other irritants like coffee and cigarettes, as well as some common medications like Advil and Aspirin. Bacterial infections too can cause gastritis too.

The most common symptom of gastritis is an aching pain in the upper abdomen and the feeling bloated. Some other symptoms include, vomiting, nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, gas and a burning sensation in that region. If not caught early, chronic gastritis can lead to other gastro-intestinal problems, such as peptic ulcers, polyps, and even tumors of the stomach.

The only course of treatment is to stop consuming alcohol almost immediately as you’re diagnosed with chronic gastritis. Don’t wait for the pain to reach the point where it’s impossible to bear it. If you’re an alcoholic and experience stomach pain after drinking, and continue drinking through the pain, consult a doctor. Anyone who continues to drink despite experiencing clear symptoms of physical harm meets one of the main diagnostic criteria for addiction.

Once alcohol is eliminated, the stomach walls will gradually repair themselves and the symptoms will usually go away without any medical treatment.