vomiting blood and alcohol

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    Do you find many patients vomiting blood from drinking too much alcohol?
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    Yes, especially if they are chronic drinkers, gastritis is a problem. Sometimes if they have progressed in their alcoholism, esophageal varices will result and when they blow - look out!
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    My hospital treats psych patients only, and we have an ER. I float there occasionally--we get a lot of alcoholics and addicts, maybe 1-2 vomiting-bleeds a month.

    They are considered medically unstable and we ship them next door to the ER at the medical hospital, via ambulance.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    Yes, especially if they are chronic drinkers, gastritis is a problem. Sometimes if they have progressed in their alcoholism, esophageal varices will result and when they blow - look out!
    It is my son, and he is not a chronic drinker. He mostly binge drinks when he and his friends go out.But last night, he had 7 beers and one hard alcohol drink.He is in the hospital emergency room now. I was just wondering if this coud occur from this sort of binge drinking ? He is only 25.
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    Quote from krisssy
    It is my son, and he is not a chronic drinker. He mostly binge drinks when he and his friends go out.But last night, he had 7 beers and one hard alcohol drink.He is in the hospital emergency room now. I was just wondering if this coud occur from this sort of binge drinking ? He is only 25.
    Your son is a chronic drinker. A lot say they are not because they only binge drink. Bringing drinking is chronic drinking. And he could be suffering from gastritis and that is most likely why he is bleeding. He needs help.

    Grannynurse
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    Quote from krisssy
    Do you find many patients vomiting blood from drinking too much alcohol?
    I would make sure they check LFT's and do hepatitis panels.
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    He told me that he had 8 beers and one glass of hard alcohol last night. Is that considered a binge? Could that cause gastritis? He has been in the ED of a large city hospital in NY . He has been there for about 2 hours. I spoke to him about 45 minutes ago, and he said they had taken blood, and he was on IV-no tests yet. I want to speak to someone there. How long should I wait? Is it proper to ask for his nurse or his doctor? Thanks so much. Krisssy
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    Quote from gr8rnpjt
    I would make sure they check LFT's and do hepatitis panels.
    What are LFT's?
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    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    Your son is a chronic drinker. A lot say they are not because they only binge drink. Bringing drinking is chronic drinking. And he could be suffering from gastritis and that is most likely why he is bleeding. He needs help.

    Grannynurse
    Hi Granny nurse. Do you mean that he needs help for excessive drinking like an alcoholism counselor? There is alcoholism and addiction problems in the last 3 generations of my family, and my husband and I were divorced recently being very traumatic on all of us. You know, these kids think it is normal to drink this way. I hope this is a wakup call for him, but I want to see a diagnosis first. I am so worried.
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    I had a similar problem a few years ago.
    Just about every time I would drink anything hard, I would vomit blood. I also went to the hospital at one point. (That whole bloody vomit thing gets kinda scary after a while).

    Basically, the deal with me was that my stomach didn't like the Jack Daniels as much as I did. I could drink liquor just fine for a number of years until, all of a sudden, my stomach couldn't handle it anymore. I had to stop drinking liquor.

    I'm perfectly fine and healthy, I just can't drink liquor. I can drink beer without any problems, so I just stick with that. (In moderation, of course).:angel2:




    I wish you and your son well.


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