That's partially correct.
While it is best to avoid alcohol when you suffer from heartburn, you can occasionally enjoy an alcoholic beverage if you follow take a few precautions.
Alcohol consumption should be reduced or avoided because:
- 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.
If you'd still like the occasional alcoholic beverage, you can minimize alcohol's affect on your digestive system:
- 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.
"Heartburn Or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)." The American College of Gastroenterology, n.d. <http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/women/whatisgerd.asp>.
"The Word on GERD -- Straight Answers to Your Questions about Heartburn & GERD." The American College of Gastroenterology, n.d. <http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/gerd/straight.asp>.