What Is Alcoholic Gastritis?

What Is Alcoholic Gastritis?What Is Alcoholic Gastritis?


What is alcoholic gastritis? It is a type of gastritis that results from the consumption of alcohol. In fact, many Americans suffer from gastritis every year. This disease can even lead to death if it is left untreated. Treatment is also necessary the moment the symptoms appear so that it does not become chronic.


To be able to understand what alcoholic gastritis really is, it is best to know what gastritis is all about.


According to The Alcoholism Guide, gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. If left untreated it can result in bleeding and the appearance of stomach/duodenal ulcers, and all the complications these can lead to.


Gastritis can have any number of causes. Alcoholic gastritis is, as the name suggests, gastritis that is exclusively caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Because the stomach wall of an alcoholic does not get respite from the irritating effects of alcohol, it is a common condition among those who abuse alcohol, be they alcoholic or not.


The symptoms of alcoholic gastritis are the same as those of non alcohol-induced gastritis. They may include the following:


  • Pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Belching.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • A bloated feeling, feeling as if you have just drunk A LOT of water.
  • A burning sensation at the top of the belly.
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Diarrhea


Source: The Alcoholism Guide


Just like with any other alcohol-related disease, this is according to You Fit and Healthy, the only true cure for alcoholic gastritis is to eliminate the consumption of alcohol. This will take away the irritant that is causing the problem to begin with. In the case that you do stop drinking but don’t see an improvement with your stomach problems you might have to visit your doctor for an evaluation. It is possible that there is some other problem causing your stomach pain. Your doctor may prescribe medicine such as antacids to help with your pain.


If you do begin to feel sever stomach pain that simply won’t go away, it is a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In the case that the problem occurs after office hours you will probably need to make a trip to your local emergency room as the pain might be from another problem that is far more urgent.


Source: You Fit and Healthy


So in order to avoid the onset of alcoholic gastritis, it is best for you to avoid the source, which is excessive consumption of alcohol. While this disease can be treated, it is best to avoid it by making the necessary lifestyle changes – that is – eliminating alcohol from your daily routine.

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