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Acid reflux, hiatus hernia. On omeprazole. Alcohol safe to drink?

Hi, following a 2-year history of acid reflux (which was managed by 20mg omeprazole once daily), I had an OGD today and the doctor diagnosed a 3cm rolling hiatus hernia . The nurse who talked to me after the endoscopy told me I would be able to drink alcohol moderately provided I ate something with the alcohol. She said I could drink 4-6 beers in a night and not cause harm but this seems excessive to me? I do not want to go out and drink every night but I m a 23 year-old student and would like to have a couple of beers with my friends maybe once a fortnight. How much alcohol is safe to drink with my condition? Thank you.
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Hello! Thanks for putting your query in HCM. I am a Gastroenterologist (DM).

Beer lead to increase acid production and even inflammation in oesophagus and stomach that is Oesophagitis and Gastritis respectively. So don't take too much, once in a fortnight is ok. But before beer take omeprazole along with a prokinetic agent like domperidone 1/2 hour before drinks.

I hope I have answered your query and this will help you. Remain in touch and get-well soon.
Answered: Sun, 28 Jul 2013
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