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Question: complications of chronic gastritis caused by Alcohol

 Eilis - Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:47 pm

I have a friend who was severely alcoholic, drinking two pints of spirits a day over some years. He no longer drinks but he has gastritis. Is it inevitable (as someone told him) that he will develop atrophic gastritis and eventually die from the degeneration of his stomach?
 Dr. A. Madia - Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:04 am

User avatar Hi,

Actually no. Alcohol causes gastritis. heavy chronic alcoholism may cause severe gastritis with even ulcers. On stopping alcohol altogether the gastritis resolves and with some treatment ulcers would heal.

However drinking a liter of hard liqor a day for several years can produce liver cirrhosis, which in turn will produce portal hypertension which in turn will produce Esophageal Varices or swollen blood vessels in food pipe which can and do bleed torrentially.

Your friend needs to see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible.


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