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What causes abdominal pain after binge drinking?

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: After binge drinking next day I had pain in my abdominal area...I got all the test done...my lipid profile is normal...chest xray is clear...vitamin d and vitsmin b are marginally low...everything else was normal except that my ultrasound shows mild hepatomegaly...the pain was due to excessive bowel gas ( also mentioned in ultrasound)....can I continue with ocassional drinking like once a week??
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Answered by Dr. Sandip Kabra (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You should stop drinking further in my advice.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to health care magic,

I have read your whole query and will be answered by me.

Mild hepatomegaly on ultrasound is not a big problem.

Alcohol drinking might cause irritation of the linings of the stomach which becomes inflamed causing acute abdominal pain known as acute gastritis.

Generally,1 drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is considered as a safe drinking but in your case if even occasional drinking is causing gastritis then i would advice you to stop drinking further.

You can take antacids like proton pump inhibitors(pantoprazole and rabeprazole) or H2 antagonists(ranitidine) to reduce the production of acid inside stomach and will help to reduce the symptoms of gastritis.

Your low vitamins (Vit B specially) level might be because of this alcohol drinking which could reduce stomach absorption capacity.So,stop drinking further specially if it not suits you.

If you have any query then feel free to ask me.

Regards,

Dr.SandipKabra
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What causes abdominal pain after binge drinking?

Brief Answer: You should stop drinking further in my advice. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to health care magic, I have read your whole query and will be answered by me. Mild hepatomegaly on ultrasound is not a big problem. Alcohol drinking might cause irritation of the linings of the stomach which becomes inflamed causing acute abdominal pain known as acute gastritis. Generally,1 drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is considered as a safe drinking but in your case if even occasional drinking is causing gastritis then i would advice you to stop drinking further. You can take antacids like proton pump inhibitors(pantoprazole and rabeprazole) or H2 antagonists(ranitidine) to reduce the production of acid inside stomach and will help to reduce the symptoms of gastritis. Your low vitamins (Vit B specially) level might be because of this alcohol drinking which could reduce stomach absorption capacity.So,stop drinking further specially if it not suits you. If you have any query then feel free to ask me. Regards, Dr.SandipKabra