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12 Health Risks of Chronic Heavy Drinking

Health Risks of Alcohol: 12 Health Problems Associated with Chronic Heavy Drinking

Pancreatitis

In addition to causing stomach irritation (gastritis), drinking can inflame the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis interferes with the digestive process, causing severe abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea --and "it's not fixable," Saitz says. Some cases of chronic pancreatitis are triggered by gallstones, but up to 60% stem from alcohol consumption.

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Reviewed on September 15, 2011

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