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Alcohol consumption and pancreatitis

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my boyfriend is 26 and has acute pancreatitis. He has been in hospital 3 times over the past 4 years for a few days each time. He finds it hard to socialise without drinking and so drinks beer, he thinks this is not doing him any harm but has regular back pain. Is he doing harm to his pancreas??

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replied July 6th, 2010
Pancreas Disorders Answer A13938
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know whether alcohol can worsen the symptoms of pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces pancreatic juice that is rich with enzymes like amylaze and lipaze, and hormones such as insulin and glycagon. Pancreatitis can be of acute and chronic onset. In most cases it is caused by excessive intake of alcohol.

According to the data that you described, it is likely that your boyfriend experiences the symptoms due to drinking alcohol. He should avoid consumption of alcohol before the acute pancreatitis becomes chronic.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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