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[Gastroesophageal reflux disease in hazardous drinkers].

Authors
  • Boguradzka, Anna
  • Tarnowski, Wiesław
  • Mazurczak-Pluta, Teresa
Type
Published Article
Journal
Polski merkuriusz lekarski : organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2006
Volume
21
Issue
121
Pages
99–104
Identifiers
PMID: 17007304
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Excess alcohol consumption has been associated with multiple pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract. The consumption of large amounts of alcohol (hazardous drinking) facilitates acid regurgitation by reducing the pressure of the lower oesophageal sphincter and slowing both oesophageal motility and gastric emptying. Regardless of the type of alcoholic beverage involved lower alcohol doses also have been shown to induce decreased pressure in lower oesophageal, decrease in oesophageal motility and enhanced risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can be important risk factor for oesophageal adenocarcinoma. For identification of hazardous drinking patients we can use AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test). AUDIT has been created by World Health Organization experts as a simple screening test looking for hazardous drinking people.

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