An examination of the alcohol consumption and peptic ulcer association--results of a national survey

Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 1994 Feb;18(1):149-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.1994.tb00895.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptic Ulcer / epidemiology
  • Peptic Ulcer / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • United States / epidemiology