Alcohol-associated pancreatitis

Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;36(2):219-38, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2007.03.005.


Only a small proportion of heavy drinking individuals develop pancreatitis. The environmental and host cofactors shown to have an association with alcoholic pancreatitis are smoking and race. The known genetic variations and polymorphisms do not seem to play an important role in alcoholic pancreatitis. Newer developments in the understanding of complex disorders allow clinicians to understand better the role of cofactors and interactions between known and yet unknown environmental and genetic factors in causing alcoholic pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Animals
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Pancreatitis, Alcoholic* / epidemiology
  • Pancreatitis, Alcoholic* / etiology
  • Pancreatitis, Alcoholic* / psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors