Sometimes, we experience stomach pain after consuming alcoholic beverages, but why? Alcohol has an irritating effect on the stomach lining and promotes acid secretion, which can lead to nausea, stomach discomfort, or even diarrhea. Symptoms very similar to gastroenteritis!
Similarities Between Gastroenteritis and Hangover
Alcohol consumption leads to its movement into the stomach. In the presence of food in your stomach, alcohol will be absorbed with the nutrients from your meal by the cells of the stomach wall. This phenomenon slows down alcohol digestion.
In case you haven't eaten, alcohol will continue to travel to your small intestine, where it will also cross the cells of the intestinal wall but much more rapidly. This explains why you feel more excited, and faster, when you drink on an empty stomach.
Scientists have found that consuming small amounts of alcohol speeds up the digestion process, leading to the following symptoms similar to gastroenteritis:
- Abdominal cramps;
Gastroenteritis is primarily the result of an infection but can also result from the ingestion of toxins.
As you can understand, stomachaches can simply result from a hangover, and other times, it might be gastroenteritis.
How to Avoid Diarrhea Caused by Alcohol?
- If you suffer from diarrhea during or after alcohol consumption, the first thing to do is to stop drinking until your digestion returns to normal. If you drink again, be aware that diarrhea may return.
- Consume easily digestible foods to soothe your stomach.
- Drink a large quantity of clear liquids, such as water, broth, and juice, to compensate for the fluid loss due to diarrhea.
- Avoid consuming the following foods:
- High-fiber foods
- Dairy products
- High-fat foods
- Very spicy or seasoned foods
And finally, try the HANG-OVER solution!
Often recommended in pharmacies to effectively remedy the most common hangover symptoms with its unique and natural formula, HANG-OVER also acts on reducing nausea and vomiting and digestive discomfort through the combination of vitamin B6 and ginger.
For optimal effectiveness, here are the different dosages based on symptoms:
- Preventive: 1 to 2 tablets before bedtime and 1 to 2 upon waking, to be adjusted based on symptom severity and consumption level.
- Curative: 2 tablets immediately and 2 more 12 hours later.
Dissolve in a large glass of water (50cl).
For more details, consult your pharmacist.