Health - Stomach pain from alcohol?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Paracelsus, May 7, 2007.

  1. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    First a short introduction:

    SWIM drinks rarely (maybe once in 2-3 months), only hard alcohol (usually vodka and rum, in the 40-60 %ABV range), usually not very large amounts (about the equivalent of ~150-200 ml pure ethanol at a time). He never got nausea nor hangovers from alcohol.

    Lately, SWIM noticed stomach pain (not nausea) from amounts as few as a good-sized shot of rum (~80-100ml). It started almost instantly (about 1 minute after starting drinking). The pain didn't seem serious but was far from pleasant. It goes away after 30-60 minutes. SWIM first thought that the strong alcohol was just hard on his stomach, but when he tried first eating and then drinking, the pain was exactly the same.

    I will probably stop alcohol use (because of this pain and because he can't really enjoy the effects anymore), but he was wondering if anyone else had this. Could this be a sign of a stomach ulcer or similar?

    PS: I haven't checked if this pain appears with beer/wine and isn't excited enough to try it.
     
  2. Nagognog2

    Nagognog2 Iridium Member

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    More commonly it could be alcoholic gastritis - which can lead to an ulcer or varicies. Neither of which one would want. Seeing a gastro-enterologist to find out what's going on would be the intelligent thing to do before continuing to drink any alcohol. One might have a very sensitive stomach that just can't "stomach" alcohol. Person I knew had such. After a night of rather casual drinking, he threw up his stomach-lining all over the side of a friend's car. It was refered to as fillinnamehere-Tripe and was a bitch to scrape off!
     
  3. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    I don't think it's an alcoholic gastritis. I amn't a heavy drinker. He consumed about 100-200ml pure ethanol each time, about 15 times in his lifetime, with breaks of at least 2 months. He will probably go to a doc though, doesn't feel good about this. I don't think I will drink anymore.
     
  4. Alicia

    Alicia Gold Member

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    IS Swip eating before drinking? It may ease it perhaps swia finds shes less sick now that she eats before drinking. or the the excessive amounts could be having a go at swip pancreas if its damaged say to goodbye pancreases and hello insulin syringes. Swia knows people who have managed to screw up there pancreases as a result from excessive drinking and some are now diabetic.
     
  5. IntrepidTraveler

    IntrepidTraveler Silver Member

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    Is You referring to the unpleasant burning pain that usually happens after pounding some hard liquor? I think that's rather common, perhaps even more so in more casual drinkers.
     
  6. Jatelka

    Jatelka Psychedelic Shepherdess Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Even relatively small amounts of strong alcohol can cause gastric irritation. For some reason Ouzo seems to be particularly problematic for SWIJ
     
  7. Nagognog2

    Nagognog2 Iridium Member

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    Think Ouzo is fun? Try Grappa.
     
  8. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Alicia:
    IntrepidTraveler: I wasn't referring to the burning. SWIm got used to it.

    Might be just a simple case of gastric irritation. I don't think I will drink anymore from now on.