What is Alcoholic Gastritis?

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Alcoholic gastritis refers to the inflammation of the stomach lining, which is primarily triggered by prolonged and heavy alcohol consumption but can also occur following a single episode of excessive drinking.

This guide to alcohol-induced gastritis outlines how this condition manifests and shows you how to connect with treatment for gastritis and alcohol addiction.

Alcoholic Gastritis Symptoms

Alcoholic gastritis can manifest with a range of symptoms, which can vary in severity. The symptoms of alcoholic gastritis often occur as a result of the inflammation and irritation of the stomach lining due to excessive alcohol consumption. Common symptoms of alcohol gastritis may include:

Abdominal pain

Individuals with gastritis from alcohol frequently experience abdominal discomfort or pain, which can range from mild to severe. The pain is often described as a burning or gnawing sensation in the upper abdomen.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is a common symptom of gastritis, and it may be accompanied by episodes of vomiting, which can provide temporary relief but do not address the underlying issue.


Alcohol and gastritis can lead to indigestion, causing feelings of fullness, bloating, and discomfort after eating, even with small meals.

Loss of appetite

Many individuals with gastritis, including the alcoholic variant, experience a reduced appetite and may eat less than usual.

Bloating, gas, and belching

Gastritis can lead to increased gas production and abdominal bloating. Frequent belching or burping may occur due to the buildup of gas in the stomach.


Some individuals with alcoholic gastritis may experience heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, including a burning sensation in the chest or throat.

Black or tarry stools

Severe alcohol gastritis symptoms may include gastrointestinal bleeding, resulting in the passage of black or tarry stools, which is a medical emergency.

Vomiting blood

In rare and severe instances, bleeding from the stomach lining can lead to the vomiting of blood, a condition known as hematemesis, which requires immediate medical attention.


Acute alcoholic gastritis can contribute to fatigue and a general sense of malaise.

Seek medical evaluation if you experience persistent or severe symptoms of alcoholic gastritis, especially if they are accompanied by signs of bleeding. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment can prevent complications and support the healing of the stomach lining. Consulting with a healthcare provider will inform a proper assessment and management plan.

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How to Treat Alcoholic Gastritis

Treating gastritis alcoholism involves a combination of measures aimed at alleviating symptoms, promoting healing of the stomach lining, and addressing the underlying cause, which is excessive alcohol consumption. Here are steps often taken in the treatment of alcoholic gastritis:

  • Abstinence from alcohol: The most crucial step is complete abstinence from alcohol. Ceasing alcohol consumption is essential to prevent further damage to the stomach lining and promote healing.
  • Medication: In some cases, healthcare providers may prescribe medications to manage symptoms and support the healing process. These medications may include antacids to reduce stomach acid, PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to decrease acid production, and medications to protect the stomach lining.
  • Dietary modifications: Dietary changes can play a significant role in managing alcoholic gastritis. Patients may be advised to avoid spicy, acidic, or irritating foods and beverages. A bland and easily digestible diet can be beneficial during the recovery period.
  • Hydration: Staying well-hydrated will prevent dehydration, which can exacerbate gastritis symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and clear fluids is recommended.
  • Nutritional support: In cases of severe gastritis that leads to malnutrition, nutritional support may be necessary. This can include dietary counseling or, in extreme cases, the use of a feeding tube to ensure adequate nutrition.
  • Lifestyle changes: People are often encouraged to make positive lifestyle changes to promote healing and prevent gastritis recurrence. This may include quitting smoking, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Regular follow-up: Continued monitoring by a healthcare provider will help assess the progress of healing and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
  • Integrated treatment: If alcohol dependence or addiction present simultaneously with gastritis, integrated care that addresses both alcohol use disorder and gastritis can be more effective than treating either condition in isolation.

Recovery from alcoholic gastritis can vary widely from person to person, and the treatment approach should be tailored to each person’s specific needs and circumstances. Consulting with a healthcare provider is essential to develop a personalized treatment plan and ensure a safe and effective recovery process.


Does alcohol cause gastritis?

Yes, alcohol consumption can lead to gastritis, as it irritates the stomach lining and can cause inflammation.

How to heal alcohol gastritis?

Effective alcoholic gastritis treatment involves abstaining from alcohol, following a bland diet, and taking prescribed medications like proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid and allow the stomach lining to heal. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

Does alcohol gastritis go away?

Alcohol gastritis can improve and potentially resolve when alcohol consumption is ceased or significantly reduced. The degree and speed of recovery can vary among individuals, and some cases may require medical intervention and dietary changes for full healing.

Can alcoholic gastritis kill you?

While alcohol gastritis itself is not typically fatal, it can lead to more severe complications if left untreated or if alcohol abuse continues. These complications may include bleeding, ulcers, or a heightened risk of other serious health issues, which, if not addressed promptly, could be life-threatening.

What is the alcohol gastritis healing time?

The healing time for alcohol gastritis varies depending on several factors, including the extent of stomach lining damage, the individual’s overall health, and their commitment to abstaining from alcohol. Mild cases may show improvement in a matter of weeks, while more severe cases could take several months or longer to heal fully. It is essential to consult with a healthcare provider for a personalized assessment and guidance on the healing process.

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