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can drinking wine make gastritis re-occur

By Anonymous April 28, 2009 - 11:02am
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Last year had gastitis and was cured, but now have discomfort

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As Alison already indicated, excessive consumption is the key.

empowHer Health Tip: Dangers of Excessive Drinking

However, there are also studies showing the (moderate) consumption of wine as beneficial for controlling bacteria in the stomach that can lead to gastrointestinal infections:

That wine, especially, and other alcohol-containing beverages help prevent gastro-intestinal infections has been known for a very long time. Wine and the Gastrointestinal Tract, Dr. Harvey Finkel

Most of us are more interested in the effects of moderate drinking on the risks of getting various diseases, and we have become aware that risks are often reduced thereby. It is surprising, however, to come across evidence that moderate consumption of wine may reduce the risks of upper gastrointestinal inflammation, ulceration, and even cancer, apparently by combating infection. GASTRITIS, ULCER, STOMACH CANCER – MIGHT DRINKING BE PROTECTIVE? Dr. Harvey Finkel

If the acidity of wine is contributing to your gastritis, then, by all means, avoid it - AND any other acidic fluid.

Keep in mind, though, that not all wine is that acidic. As the "resident Sommelier in training" on this team, I can say with confidence that white wines generally have a lower pH, therefore a higher acidity level (the higher the pH, the more alkaline). You may fare better on red wines.

April 28, 2009 - 5:07pm

From my understanding of gastritis, it is actually not one condition, but can be several different conditions that all have one thing in common: inflammation of the stomach lining. Do you know what type of gastritis you had, what it was caused from, and how severe it was?

Alcohol can definitely irritate and erode your stomach lining, and is actually a CAUSE of acute gastritis, so the answer to your question is: definitely yes, it can!

The amount and frequency of alcohol consumption is important, however. Excessive alcohol use is most notably the cause of acute gastritis.

Drinking one glass of alcohol on occasion...probably not as likely to cause gastritis. However, someone with a history of gastritis, I'm not sure "how much" and "how often" drinking alcohol would cause gastritis to re-occur, as it depends on your current health (are you eating well, exercising, managing stress, etc)?

Can you tell us: how much and how often you are drinking wine?

Other factors are important, too: your age, medical history (other conditions are risk factors for developing gastritis and/or in its re- occurrence), other medications, stress, etc.

Alcohol alone may/may not cause gastritis to re-occur, but if no other changes have happened in your life, then you may want to stop drinking wine and see if your symptoms improve. I am not sure how severe your gastritis was before, and what treatment(s) you chose, but you may want to call your doctor and let him/her know the symptoms have re-appeared.

April 28, 2009 - 12:00pm
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