Alcohol & Health

How can alcohol affect my stomach?

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  • APatricia Raymond, MD, Gastroenterology, answered
    Alcohol may cause irritation of the stomach, called alcoholic gastritis. However, population studies suggest that moderate alcohol intake is associated with a reduced likelihood of H pylori infection, the causal organism in duodenal ulcers and gastric cancer. Although alcohol is not recommended as treatment for H pylori infection (you need a standard course of antibiotics), the Society of Wine Educators does suggest validity in I Timothy 5:23: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”
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