Alcoholism and it’s Problems –  Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru 

As a pro-oxidant, alcohol causes oxidative damage to the cells and tissues in the gastrointestinal tract. Alcohol misuse accounted for 1.5% of all premature deaths, these result from continued use of excessive amounts of alcohol. Binge drinking and chronic drinking of alcohol are more likely to cause harm. 

Alcoholism is known to cause many personal and social problems. This form of substance abuse is also responsible for a lot of physical damage within the body. Those individuals who fail to escape their addiction are likely to die from a health problem that is related to their alcohol use. The problem is not just the consumption of alcohol but the fact that it is usually coupled with nutritional deficiencies. One potentially dangerous condition that an alcoholic and develop is esophageal varices. This leads to uncontrolled bleeding into the esophagus. Burst esophageal varices are treated as a medical emergency because they can cause death unless treatment is commenced quickly. Many individuals with end stage alcoholic liver disease will die because of this type of event. The most worrying aspect of esophageal varices is that it can be asymptomatic until the vein bursts. This is why it is usual to consider anyone with cirrhosis of the liver to be at risk of esophageal bleeding.

Stomach pain after drinking alcohol is a common symptom experienced after binging drinking. Alcoholic drinks affect the gastrointestinal tract first, before the rest of the body. Chronic intake of alcohol can alter the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract, leading to abdominal discomfort, stomachaches, heartburn, and acid reflux.

Avoid drinking alcohol, especially if it causes health problems like stomach pains. For most people, abstaining from this substance can prevent symptoms from recurring. However, in people who have a long history of alcohol drinking, damage to the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, may be irreversible. Medical consultation is needed to treat the underlying condition causing the stomach pains and other related symptoms. 

Some people become addicted or dependent on alcohol, especially when they are depressed or stressed. This problem must be recognized and given proper attention, because treating symptoms of hangovers can only give temporary remedy, but the habit may persist. Chronic alcoholism can lead to serious complications which may be irreversible.
The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.

Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.

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