Can Alcohol Cause Ulcers?

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 Ulcers?

Can alcoholism cause ulcers? The short answer is yes, alcoholism can most certainly lead to the development of ulcers. However, it’s important to understand that not all cases of ulcers are caused by drinking. In fact, there are many different factors that can contribute to the formation of ulcers, including stress, certain medications, and infections.

That being said, alcohol abuse is a major risk factor for developing ulcers. When you drink excessively, it can damage the lining of your stomach and intestines. This damage makes it easier for harmful bacteria to penetrate the tissues and cause an infection. Additionally, alcohol can stimulate the production of stomach acid, which further increases the risk of developing ulcers.

If you suspect that you may have an ulcer, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Ulcers can be very painful and, if left untreated, can lead to serious health complications, including bleeding and perforation of the stomach or intestine. If you have ulcers, your doctor will likely recommend avoiding alcohol altogether. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat the ulcer.

If you have a drinking problem, seek help from a qualified treatment provider. With proper treatment and support, it is possible to recover from alcoholism and live a healthy, fulfilling life.