Upset Stomach from Drinking
Alcoholism is one of the major factors that causes stomach upsets. Stomach upsets are the body’s way in reacting to irritants and foreign invaders in the stomach. That is why patients who drink too much alcohol and those who are not used to it will feel nauseated and force stomach contents out of the mouth through the esophagus.
In addition to stomach upsets, nausea, and vomiting that are experienced after drinking alcohol there is also a big chance that patients will show symptoms of dehydration and experience bloating, belching, abdominal distention, flatulence, and hypoglycemia.
Excessive drinking of alcohol also interferes with the normal pH balance of the stomach which does not only bring about stomach upsets but also causes severe damage to the stomach lining which can lead to the development of peptic ulcers and gastritis.
How to Cure and Settle an Upset Stomach from Drinking
- Patients should stop consuming alcoholic beverages right away when stomach upset symptoms are observed.
- Hot ginger ale, peppermint, or chamomile tea can be taken since these can help soothe the stomach.
- There are some patients who find comfort in drinking colas when having a stomach upset caused by alcohol. This step, however, is not recommended for all patients.
- Take antacids that are used to treat heartburn. This can help neutralize the pH levels in the stomach. Though it is considered an effective cure, it can cause diarrhea or constipation when overused.
- Avoid aspirin, pain killers, other prescription drugs and cigarettes since these can enhance feelings of nausea. Prescription drugs have been proven to be very harmful when combined with alcohol even those that are recommended for stomach upsets.
- Eat milk chocolate or ice cream. This may be a bad idea for stomach upsets that are caused by other factors but this helps in managing stomach upsets caused by alcohol. It also rehydrates the body.
- Unbuttered toast, eggs and bacon is a good meal that can also help. These foods contain cysteine which does not only help with stomach upsets but can also cure hangovers and raise blood sugar levels.
- It is best for patients to rehydrate using fluids with balanced electrolyte contents. Patients who prefer to use water need to add salt. Intake of these fluids should be done gradually.