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Alcohol and Indigestion – Effects, Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

by | Stop Drinking Alcohol | 2 comments

What is Indigestion?

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, describes one or more symptoms including feeling full during a meal or being uncomfortably full after eating.
Almost every adult gets indigestion at least once in their life, usually as a result of over indulging in food or drink.
I know it’s not the most dangerous risk from drinking alcohol, but it can be painful and it can lead to more serious conditions. It’s one of the conditions that I just couldn’t get rid of when I was drinking. I used to buy the extra large packs of Rennies, just so I didn’t have to go to the chemist more than once a week. No matter what I eat, now that I don’t drink, I haven’t had any form of indigestion.

What are the Symptoms of Indigestion?

Symptoms usually include:

  • Pain in the stomach area above the belly button
  • Burping
  • Feeling bloated or sick
  • Swollen tummy

Treatment for Indigestion

Although symptoms are most often related to food or drink, indigestion can also occur on an empty stomach or after taking certain medications.
To relieve the symptoms you can try to:

  • Stop drinking
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Cut back or quit caffeine and carbonated drinks
  • Stop taking medications that irritate the stomach lining
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase relaxation
  • Get more sleep and general rest


Like I said at the beginning, I haven’t had any bad indigestion since I stopped drinking. The outlook is excellent if you stop drinking alcohol and eat well.



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Alcohol & Indigestion

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  1. Anne

    Your thoughts brings it home. It is my doing to my feeling so bad. Ive looked so many places…..many doctors, diagnoises, none helped.

  2. Mary Lynn

    I am not an alcoholic but, both my parents and their parents were. If I drink alcohol now that I am MUCH older I have tummy problems. It used to be fun every now and then to get a buzz drinking with friends or an occasion. Now, I think I should not indulge at all. Is this common for anyone else and is it related to my genes?


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