Pyloris and Alcohol
Recent alcoholism research studies demonstrate that there is a relationship between the pyloris
and alcohol and the compulsion to drink.
Pyloris and Alcohol and Compulsive Drinking
Recent research into alcoholism has uncovered the chemical salt that is perhaps the primary factor that triggers
the compulsion to drink alcohol. This chemical salt is known as Tetrahydro-isoquiniline (THIQ).
The more quickly a person drinks, the more time it takes for the body to dispel the alcohol, and the greater the
alcohol affects the person.
It takes longer for the body to dispel the alcohol because quickly ingesting concentrated amounts of alcohol
results in gastric movement which causes the pyloris (the muscular valve between the stomach and the small
intestine) to spasm, frequently resulting in vomiting and preventing the break-down of the alcohol by the
Alcohol is usually broken down by the enzymes in the liver into acetaldehyde, and then into acetate, which, in
turn, is broken down into carbon dioxide (eliminated when a person exhales) and water (which is expelled as urine
by the bladder).
Heavy amounts of alcohol are transferred throughout the body by the blood.
If the alcohol elimination system is greatly overloaded, it cannot break down the alcohol correctly and THIQ
forms in the liquid that surrounds the cells in the blood.
Interestingly, THIQ is a salt that needs acetaldehyde much like table salt needs water.
What this means is that the THIQ craves acetaldehyde, which does not get broken down into acetate and then
expelled as carbon dioxide (through the breath) and water (via the urine).
This process then triggers the body's need for more alcohol to feed acetaldehyde to the THIQ.
The more acetaldehyde that the THIQ receives, the more it grows. The more the THIQ grows, the greater the demand
The result is the compulsion to drink that is characteristic of alcoholics.
Pyloris and Alcohol, Hydrochloric Acid, and Stomach Ulcers
When food enters the stomach, the stomach contracts and mixes the food to facilitate digestion.
Under normal conditions, the food then passes from the stomach into the small intestine.
At the end of the stomach leading into the small intestine is the pylorus.
The cells of the stomach lining produce a complex called mucopolysaccharide (CMPS) that protects the surface of
the stomach from hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid is made by the Chief cells in the stomach lining and helps digest the food.
Ulcers result from the wearing away of the stomach lining due to the breakdown of the CMPS and eventual growth
and spreading by Helicobacter pyloris, a spiral-shaped bacterium.
Helicobacter pyloris resists being covered over by the CMPS, thus allowing the hydrochloric acid to erode the
The relationship between alcohol, ulcers, and the Helicobacter pyloris bacteria is this: excessive drinking of
concentrated alcohol helps wear away the complex CMPS that covers the stomach lining.
Once this lining is unprotected, the Helicobacter pyloris bacteria can start forming and spreading, leading to
It is worth mentioning that there are two forms of stomach cancer that are also attributed to Helicobacter
Thus, excessive drinking seems to play an important part in the development of both stomach ulcers AND stomach
Conclusion: Pyloris and Alcohol
The above discussion analysis reveals two separate issues regarding the relationship between pyloris and
Both of these issues, unfortunately, may be interrelated.
More to the point, the more a person feels the need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol, the more likely he
or she will develop ulcers or stomach cancer or both.