An Examination of the Alcohol Consumption and Peptic Ulcer Association—Results of a National Survey


  • S. Patricia Chou

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    1. Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Rockville, Maryland.
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Excessive alcohol consumption causes damages to the stomach or duodenum by impairing the integrity of the mucosal barrier. The aim of this study was to estimate the association between alcohol consumption and peptic ulcer, utilizing a large representative sample of the U.S. population, while controlling for cigarette smoking and major sociodemographic variables. Results indicated that alcohol consumption only minimally increased the odds of peptic ulcer. Thus, this study offers little support for the association between ethanol intake and peptic ulcer.