Alcohol can cause pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas and should be considered as a warning sign that heavy alcohol use has progressed too far and something needs to be done immediately before more serious, and tragic, consequences occur. Drinking alcohol to excess is a principal cause for pancreatitis which can have long-term consequences just as severe as cirrhosis and alcohol liver disease.
If you drink alcohol in large amounts, you are advised to STOP. This can assist in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis.
Treatments for alcohol-induced pancreatitis will vary based on which type you have. While there is no cure for it, the body will often heal damage on its own, or the symptoms will be treated and managed.
In acute alcohol-induced pancreatitis, the treatment will often consist of pain medication to manage the discomfort associated with it. The person with this disease may need to be monitored in a hospital setting to monitor their pancreatic functioning and overall well-being, such as an Ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI, which make images of your pancreas. Worst-case scenarios may include surgery to remove part of the scar tissue in the pancreas.
Chronic alcohol-related pancreatitis is most likely a lifelong illness to be managed at this point. What is known, however, is that a person who quits drinking alcohol will typically stop the spread, and they may even be able to gain more functioning back in their pancreas.
For those with chronic alcohol-induced pancreatitis, the treatment is different, although mainly focused on easing symptoms. Pain medication is still used for discomfort. There are more surgical options to help with removing scar tissue, improve insulin flow, unblock ducts, and relieve some of the pressure a person feels. Replacing pancreatic enzymes, taking insulin and following a strict diet is also part of the treatment protocols. Chronic alcohol-induced pancreatitis means that will be with the person for their life and needs to be managed carefully.
The treatment for alcoholic pancreatitis is to quit drinking alcohol immediately. Stopping drinking alcohol can reduce or ease symptoms, or in the case of acute alcohol-related pancreatitis, clear it up quickly and also help to make it less painful. It increases life-outcomes across the board, and with pancreatitis, no matter the type, it will reduce, remove, or ease symptoms. Individuals with alcohol-induced pancreatitis most likely have a moderate to a severe alcohol use disorder. Remaining sober is a vital part of the treatment plan of anyone with alcoholic pancreatitis.
Participation in support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or attending an alcohol treatment programme that includes an alcohol detox is recommended. Treatment at an alcohol rehabilitation centre will allow the individual to participate in intensive alcohol use group therapy and individual therapy to ensure continued alcohol abstinence.
While it’s not as well known as the heart or the stomach, the pancreas plays a significant role in digestion and controlling how the body uses energy, including regulating blood sugar levels.
The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It aids in the digestive process by secreting enzymes into the small intestine that help break down food that is in there. The small intestine does a great deal of digesting and breaking down food into absorbable nutrients. One-third of people with chronic alcoholic pancreatitis have diabetes. The reason for this is because the damaged pancreas cannot make insulin.for the bloodstream to control blood sugar levels. This is vital for overall health and dictates how the body uses and stores sugar for energy.
If a person develops alcoholic pancreatitis, the gland is damaged and inflamed. Becoming damaged and inflamed means that the enzymes secreted will not function properly and will be useless by the time they reach the small intestine. Instead, the digestive enzymes will try to break down the pancreas itself, as the body breaks down by attacking its own organs.
Diagnosing and treating the disease is very important. The sooner this is addressed, the sooner recovery can begin.
The significant causes of pancreatitis
Alcoholic pancreatitis may not always be the first thing someone thinks of when talking about pancreatitis, but it is one that can have a lasting impact on their lives. The sad truth is that it does not have to be this way. Alcoholic pancreatitis can be managed or simply cleared up with sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with chronic health issues due to alcohol abuse, get help now. The sooner a person enters recovery, the better their health will become.
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The National Pancreas Foundation