Ulcer From Drinking: Is It Ok to Drink Beer With an Ulcer?
Is it possible to get an ulcer from drinking? Is it okay to drink beer with an ulcer? What causes ulcers? These are all common questions, and along with an overview of what an ulcer is, they’re answered below.
There are a couple of different causes of stomach ulcers. One of the biggest ones is the result of a bacterial infection, but also using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen can be a culprit.
Some of the symptoms of a stomach ulcer include pain or burning in the middle of the abdomen between the chest and the belly button, losing weight, nausea, vomiting, bloating, burping, acid reflux and heartburn. There can also be pain that gets better when you drink, eat or take an antacid.
While ulcers aren’t life-threatening, complications can occur if they go untreated.
If your doctor suspects you could have an ulcer, they will use diagnostic methods including a breath test or stool test, having you swallow something called barium, or an endoscopy.
For the most part, ulcers can be treated with medications, such as an antibiotic if bacteria is the culprit, but in some cases, people may need surgery to treat ulcers or their complications.
There are myths that diet causes ulcers, and this isn’t necessarily true, but if you do follow a healthy diet it can help combat harmful bacteria and keep you healthier overall.
It’s difficult to say for sure the relationship between an ulcer and alcohol.
For light to moderate drinkers, there’s probably not much of a risk of developing an ulcer because of alcohol. There is even some research showing that reasonable, moderate amounts of alcohol can help protect against the bacteria that causes the majority of ulcers.
That’s not the case with heavy drinking, however. When someone drinks large amounts of alcohol, it can irritate and inflame the lining of the stomach, and that can cause bleeding there.
This is called gastritis, and if you are a heavy drinker, it may increase your risk of getting an ulcer.
There is no set number of drinks that indicates whether you’re at risk for getting an ulcer from drinking versus not. The moderate drinking level recommended for adults is no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman, and no more than two if you’re a man.
If you already have an ulcer, you should abstain from alcohol, because all types including beer can irritate stomach ulcers more and cause more pain. Drinking when you have an ulcer can mean it takes longer for it to heal.
If you have an ulcer and drink, the alcohol is having direct contact with the sore. This can mean that your stomach makes more of certain kinds of acid, causing more pain and more damage. You may experience not only pain if you drink while you have an ulcer, but you could also start vomiting.
With that being said, heavy drinking can increase your risk of developing stomach ulcers.
If you already have a stomach ulcer, alcohol can make it more difficult for it to heal, can cause you more pain, and can cause other side effects such as vomiting.
If you have an ulcer, the best thing you can do is abstain from alcohol and also eat a healthy diet that will help boost the health of your intestinal tract and the development of your body’s natural, healthy bacteria.
Diets that are good if you have an ulcer or at risk of developing one include leafy green vegetables, foods rich in probiotics, berries, and olive oil.
If you think you have an ulcer, not only abstain from alcohol but also speak with your doctor to avoid complications.
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