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It has almost been a year since being hospitalized. At that point the doctor simply said "your drinking days are over". It was reading up on the disease that I found that my drinking days were over FOREVER. My question is, what are the risks if I were to have 3 or 4 beers in one sitting no more than one night a week? Or even night a month?? year??? anything? Before the attack I drank usually a twelve pack of beer with at least 4 to 5 shots of liquor a night. 10 or more shots and god knows how many beers on weekends.

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replied January 26th, 2009
Pancreas Disorders Answer A5520

Current medical status: Hospitalized 5 days for Acute Pancreatits related to alcohol consumption. March of 08

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can be acute or chronic. Both can be caused by excess drinking of alcohol. In chronic pancreatitis the pancreas is damaged all the time, but the signs are more visible only if it turns into acute pancreatitis or complications develop. When alcohol is consumed, the pancreatic enzymes and the bile from the gallbladder are released in the intestines. This can trigger the acute pancreatitis. There are no studies on humans that determine the quantity of alcohol which can be taken without consequences because acute pancreatitis is a life threatening condition. So the most advisable would be not to take a single drop of alcohol. The pancreas will recognize it.

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