Do you find yourself experiencing chest pains or a burning sensation around your chest area when you have had a couple of drinks too many? This condition is popularly known as alcohol chest pain.
As the name suggests, this discomfort can occur after excessive alcohol drinking. Although drinking alcohol has been found by studies to cause the heart to beat faster and harder, it may not be as fatal as the name would imply. Nevertheless, the pain occurs because the heart is not getting enough oxygen. To ease the discomfort or to stop the pain, one need only stop drinking alcohol. But, just because it does not seriously cause the heart to malfunction, the occurrence of chest pains due to drinking can indicate a serious health concern.
Some diseases caused by alcohol abuse have been found to mimic chest pains. Diseases such as esophagitis or the inflammation of the esophagus due to reflux of acid, can often cause a discomfort around the breastbone that can be mistaken for chest pains. Another cause could be ulcers or the wearing away of your stomach lining or the small intestine. Both of which can be caused by alcohol abuse.
It is always best to consult a physician or a specialist to be sure. An underlying heart condition may already be present but has escaped diagnosis because alcohol has been pointed to as the cause. Alcohol chest pains may seem to be minor but it should never be taken for granted and should always be checked out by a medical professional. The best way is to stop drinking alcohol of to drink in moderation. Help is always available for you, your friends and loved ones – so all one needs to do is reach out and ask.