|Happy Hour May Not Be So Happy For Heartburn Sufferers|
- Some of the adverse affects alcohol creates for heartburn sufferers:
- Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid.
- Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.
- When the LES relaxes, it causes the contractions that occur with swallowing to become erratic
- Alcohol makes the esophagus more sensitive to stomach acid.
- Alcohol can lead to the development of peptic ulcers and interfere with the healing of ulcers already present.
- There are ways you can minimize alcohol's affect on your digestive system. If you would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, try the following tips:
- Dilute alcoholic beverages with water or club soda.
- Drink moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages -- the suggested amounts are 1-2 mixed drinks, 12-16 ounces of wine, or 2-3 beers.
- When having wine, drink white wine instead of red.
- Choose non-alcoholic beer or wine.
- Keep track of which alcoholic drinks aggravate your heartburn, and avoid them as much as possible.