Alcohol = burny burny heartburn. Why? How can I fix it?
February 4, 2013 4:58 PM Subscribe
I understand you are not my gastroenterologist. I'll settle for input from a personally knowledgeable fellow MeFi'er. Has anyone suddenly become unable to drink alcohol, maybe after a GI illness? Does this condition go away?
posted by fingersandtoes to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So a few weeks ago I became unable to drink alcohol. I've never been a big drinker, but I like a glass of wine with dinner or out with friends. But in the past few weeks, alcohol in any drink burns me terribly. Wine; sweet stuff; weak stuff; strong stuff -- it all feels like fire when it hits my stomach.
I read something about alcohol loosening the pyloric sphincter so that stomach juices extrude and burn the esophagus. That's what this feels like, but it's instantaneous -- not like after a few minutes, once the booze had been working for a while, but as soon as it hits my stomach.
Timeline wise, I don't know if this is a red herring, but I think the dividing event came when I got a GI bug (just regular travelers' diarrhea) in Mexico over the Christmas break. I think I was doing fine with the drinks at the resort before I got sick. A few days later, on NYE, I remember I was unable to drink the bourbon I'd been served; and I haven't been able to drink any alcohol since. Not even like creamy weak girly drinks.
Spicy/acidic/greasy foods are fine, no problem. Alcohol is the only burny thing.
My question: has anyone out there experienced this? Specifically, has anyone experienced this and gotten over it? What can I do about it? As I said, I'm not a big drinker, but I'm dismayed at the prospect of never enjoying a cocktail with friends or a glass of wine with dinner ever again.