Alcohol and gastritis
Gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach lining. It has a variety of possible causes, including excessive alcohol consumption.
There are two forms of gastritis – acute and chronic – both of which are common amongst heavy drinkers. Acute gastritis may be characterised by nausea, cramps, fever and vomiting (which may include blood where there is also ulceration).
Chronic gastritis persists over a prolonged period and may not always have obvious symptoms. Where they occur, symptoms of chronic gastritis may include abdominal pain, heartburn, loss of appetite, loss of weight, bloating, nausea and vomiting.
The good news is that, where the gastritis has been a consequence of heavy drinking, eliminating alcohol from the diet will likely resolve any problems, facilitating gradual healing. However, if you are suffering with acute or longer-term stomach pain, it is recommended to seek professional medical advice to rule out other conditions that may be causing these symptoms.
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