Alcohol and smoking aggravates acidity

Jan 07, 2014
Acidity is a common problem that many smokers and drinkers often complain about. It has been found cigarette smoking tends to stimulate the stomach to produce more acid and decrease the esophageal sphincter pressure on the stomach. It also causes one to cough often leading to increase in pressure on the stomach that forces the acid upwards. In the case of alcohol, consuming excessive alcohol will cause hormones to produce more gastric juices and relaxes the stomach muscles. This causes the acid to linger within the stomach for more time and take time to empty the excessive acid from the system. Thus, in both cases, one sees a rise in gastric reflux disease in people who smoke and drink regularly.

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