Gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD). If left untreated can lead to severe conditions like erosion of esophagus
, constriction or stricture of esophagus & esophageal cancer. Long standing cough is definetly an important symptom of GERD & is due to the regurgitation of acid/ food from stomach in to the esophagus. Other symptoms are heart burn, hoarseness
of voice, repeated infection of ear & sinuses. You should immediately consult a Gastroenterologist
& undergo endoscopic procedure to find out the extent of the condition. Also you should make a sincere effort & stop taking alcohol as it will worsen the condition. Smoking will aggravate the condition. Treatment modality includes life style modification, proper diet, antacids & ulcer healing drug like Lansoprazole
(30mg two times a day). GERD requires long term treatment.