Can Alcohol Cause Rectal Bleeding?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Can Alcoholism Cause Rectal Bleeding?

Alcoholism can lead to a number of serious health problems, including liver damage and gastrointestinal problems. Rectal bleeding is a potential symptom of alcoholism-related gastrointestinal problems.

Alcoholism can cause damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to bleeding. The blood may be visible in the stool or rectal bleeding may occur.

Alcoholism can also cause other gastrointestinal problems, such as gastritis, ulcers, and pancreatitis. These problems can also lead to rectal bleeding.

Rectal bleeding can be a sign of a serious health problem, so it is important to see a doctor if you experience any rectal bleeding.

Alcoholism can be a cause of rectal bleeding. When alcoholics are constantly drinking, they can develop internal bleeding in the digestive tract. This often leads to rectal bleeding.

Alcoholism can also cause other health problems that can lead to rectal bleeding. For example, alcoholism can cause liver damage. This can lead to portal hypertension, which is a condition where the blood pressure in the veins that connect the liver to the intestines is too high. Portal hypertension can cause blood vessels in the intestines to rupture, leading to rectal bleeding.

If you are an alcoholic, it is important to seek treatment for your alcoholism. If you are not an alcoholic, but you have rectal bleeding, it is important to see a doctor to rule out other causes of rectal bleeding.