Alcohol May Be Giving You Heartburn
A recent study has linked the drinking of alcohol to increased rates of heartburn in people. Heartburn, or acid reflux, was also found to be triggered by coffee consumption. The cause of the heartburn is not the high acidity of the beverages, rather its because alcohol and coffee both can impact the functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the muscle that keeps the stomach closed off from the esophagus. When you drink coffee or alcohol, this muscle can open unexpectedly and let stomach acid to bubble up back into your esophagus.
If you drink a lot of alcohol, chances are your health is getting impacted in more ways than one. Most people probably don’t expect alcohol to be the cause of their acid reflux, but the new study has shown that they are related. If you abuse alcohol or suffer from alcoholism, you most likely aren’t even aware of how many health problems it’s causing you. Now heartburn is being added to the list of ways that alcohol can harm the human body.
If you think you have a problem with alcohol dependence or abuse, you should seek help now and begin improving your overall health today. Thankfully, there is good help available. Detoxification and behavioral therapy have proven to be effective in treating drug dependence. Addicts are often unable to complete treatment on their own or with family members, so it’s very important to seek the right treatment center. At Seabrook House, we customize our treatment plans to individual patient’s needs, so you know the help you’re getting is right for you or a loved one. Seabrook House has rehabilitation centers in New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), and an outpatient center in New York (NY). Contact Seabrook House today for any questions about alcohol, addiction, and treatment.