There is a connection between pancreatitis and alcohol. However, it is often misunderstood. Many people think that drinking alcohol causes chronic pancreatitis. This is wrong! New studies show that pancreatitis is not a disease of alcoholics. Alcohol alone does not directly cause chronic pancreatitis.
The True Connection
- Alcohol consumption does not directly cause
- Only very heavy drinking, or binge drinking, can lead to chronic pancreatitis. This means five drinks per day over a long time.
- Less than 5% of people who abuse alcohol will develop chronic “alcohol-induced” pancreatitis
- Tobacco is a greater risk factor than alcohol