Can Alcoholism Cause Diarrhea?

Can Alcoholism Cause Diarrhea?

Alcoholism can cause a number of gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea. Alcohol affects the lining of the intestine and can cause inflammation, which can lead to diarrhea. Alcohol also inhibits the absorption of water and other nutrients, which can contribute to diarrhea. If you have chronic diarrhea, it’s important to see your doctor to rule out other potential causes.

Can Alcoholism Cause Diarrhea?

It’s no secret that drinking too much alcohol can cause all sorts of problems, including liver damage and pancreatitis. But did you know that it can also cause diarrhea?

Alcohol can irritate the lining of your intestine and cause inflammation. This can lead to diarrhea. Alcohol can also increase the amount of acid in your stomach, which can also lead to diarrhea.

If you drink alcohol regularly, or if you have a history of alcoholism, you are at a higher risk for developing diarrhea. If you are concerned about this, talk to your doctor.

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