The widespread belief that chronic pancreatitis is usually caused by alcohol abuse is harmful.
Because most doctors believe that drinking is the most common cause of chronic pancreatitis:
Patients don’t get the best care
- Children are accused of drinking
- Parents of young patients are accused of giving their children alcohol
- Light drinkers aren’t properly diagnosed after attacks because doctors rule out pancreatitis
- Patients who drink are blamed for their illness
- Patients who do not drink are accused of lying
A focus on alcohol slows the process of developing cures and treatments
- Physician focus is misguided
- Patients are misdiagnosed
Physicians and researchers have focused on the impact of alcohol in pancreatitis patients for far too long, which has led to worse patient outcomes. This must change.