The ways alcohol can affect your stomach ranges from mild discomfort through to the potential development of diseases.
Alcohol also produces gases in your stomach, causing bloating and cramping.
When you drink alcohol, it increases the acid in your stomach. This can irritate your stomach lining, which may cause pain, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Drinking can interfere with your body’s ability to digest food and absorb vital nutrients. For chronic drinkers, this can contribute to malnutrition and the development of some alcohol-related diseases.
Long-term use of alcohol is associated with higher rates of peptic ulcers in the lining of your stomach. It can also lead to gastritis, causing loss of appetite, nausea and stomach pain.
Even a single episode of heavy drinking can cause the lining of your stomach to become inflamed and bleed.
For more information about the effects of alcohol on your body, check out our interactive tool.