Throwing Up Blood After Drinking

images (5)At times, we may have vomited blood after drinking excessive alcohol and in legal, medical terms this is called hematemesis. Sometimes you may find that even though you didn’t consume that much alcohol, you may find blood in your vomit. This because alcohol is a weak acid that heightens other medical disorders and cause bleeding.

Whatever the cause may be, it is always harmful to throw up blood after drinking. At times this can also be life threatening and thus need to be treated as soon as possible.

Symptoms Associated With Throwing Up Blood In Your Vomit

There are many symptoms associated with throwing blood in your vomit after consuming alcohol, which depend on the cause and degree of the bleeding. If you have a burning sensation in your stomach as well as in your chest and throat and are also feeling nauseous, this could be due to the bleeding.

You may also face severe stomach pain, weakness, chest pain, abdominal cramps, dizziness, fainting, circulatory shock as well as the presence of large amounts of blood in your vomit. The latter symptoms are more severe and mean that you need to get a medical checkup done immediately.

When to get a medical checkup

It is absolutely necessary to get a medical checkup done if you continuously vomit blood every time you drink. Also, if you find blood in your stool and experience severe pain in your chest, abdomen and back, you need to go the doctor.

Other serious symptoms that require a diagnosis are dizziness, weakness, losing consciousness, fever and massive bleeding. If you are taking any blood thinners like Plavix, Pradaxa and Coumadin, you should also get a checkup done.

Causes and treatments

There may be many cause of blood in your vomit and they include the following:

Erosion of the gastrointestinal tract

When you consume too much alcohol at once or drink regularly, it may end up affecting your digestive system. Since alcohol is a weak acid, it destroys the inner linings of the blood vessels in your mouth, esophagus, stomach and small intestine. This can also cause ulcers in your gastrointestinal tract in the long run. Get a medical checkup done as soon as possible and try to limit or give up your drinking habits altogether

Ulcer

When ulcers develop along the gastrointestinal tract, it can cause bleeding not just in your vomit but in your stools as well. If the ulcer continues to grow, it can destroy the inner layering of the stomach and small intestine and lead to excessive blood when you vomit. It can also rupture a blood vessel and this causes severe internal bleeding.

When you feel a severe pain in your mid-abdomen or lower chest, it could be an ulcer. Your stool will also be dark or black and if it is maroon in color it means there is severe bleeding and thus you must go to the doctor immediately.

To treat ulcers, firstly stop drinking altogether and take some antacids. If the pain is too severe, you need to go to the doctor who will provide you medicines to reduce the acidic quality. These medications include H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors.

If the symptoms are excessive and continuous, the doctor may perform an endoscopy. This is done with an optic camera which is placed in the stomach. The doctor injects as well as burns the ruptured vessel, to ensure that there is no more bleeding.

You can also avoid ulcers by having less acidic foods, avoiding carbonated beverages and giving up drinking and smoking.

Cirrhosis

This condition can occur from excessive alcohol consumption, disease like hemochromatosis and autoimmune diseases. It damages the liver mainly and affects the circulation of blood in the body.

When this happens, there is a shortage of blood in the body and the blood vessels collate to form varices, so that they can ensure a proper supply to the heart. But these varices can rupture easily, thus causing excessive internal bleeding.

If you find any blood in your stool or if your stool is of a bright red color, it could be a sign of cirrhosis. You could also lose consciousness and bleed excessively due to this disorder.

When these symptoms occur, it is best to go for a checkup. You must not drink at all and avoid non-steroidal medication and aspirins when you have these symptoms. Also try consuming less salt and protein in your diet. The doctor will have to stop the excessive bleeding that occurs through surgery to stop the pressure on the blood vessels.

Gastritis

Excessive alcohol combined with a poor diet can cause inflammation in the stomach. This is called gastritis and it results in bleeding as well as development of ulcers. If you continue to consume alcohol when your stomach lining has become inflamed, it can cause excessive blood in the vomit.images (6)Gastritis can be treated with anti-biotic therapy and acid reducing medicines. You should also avoid drinking acidic substances like soda, give up smoking, stop drinking and eat a healthy diet to treat gastritis. The doctor may also use H2 blockers, antacids and proton pump inhibitors to treat this disorder.

Drugs and medications

At times even medicines like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen can lead to blood in your vomit. This is because these medicines reduce the protective mucus in the stomach’s lining and cause inflammation. Aspirin also affects the blood platelets and thus prevents the blood from clotting.

Rupturing of Gastrointestinal tract

When you vomit out blood after drinking, you could end up rupturing the gastrointestinal tract. This mostly occurs in the esophagus and the vomitus contents are released into the chest. Once this has happened, it causes severe infection of your body, inflammation and can be fatal if not treated in time.

If you experience severe abdominal pain and are unable to breathe properly, it could be a sign that your gastrointestinal tract has ruptured. Other signs may include sweating profusely and severe chest and back pain.

If it is a case of rupture, then immediate surgical repair will be required and the doctor will have to remove all the vomitus contents from the chest to avoid further infection. The doctor will be able to assess whether it is this condition, based on a chest ray and you will be placed in an intensive care unit and given antibiotics.

24 COMMENTS

  1. so the other night I drank a little to much and the next morning while throwing up I noticed a lot of blood in my vomit its been 2 days since I drank any alcohol and my tummy feels like its in knots and I have had pretty bad diarrhea I just ate a subway sandwich about 2 hours ago and I feel like I’m going to throw up but am trying my hardest to keep everything down I’m scared that if I throw up its going to be very painful and also bloody any advise would be appreciated

    • You have thrown up blood. You should speak with a medical professional, so make an appointment at this time. If you still feel unwell, then visit an emergency medical professional. Abstain from consuming alcohol in the future, as this likely influenced these symptoms. It is possible that you have consumed something that caused you to be poisoned. Best of luck, Morgan!

  2. I have a drink almost every night just to relax and go to bed but no more than that i have acid reflux disease but tonight it was out of control i threw up blood and it ran out my nose I’m through off a lot and I know it’s some erosion going on I’m 36 now I hit the endoscope 30 and they said everything looks fine don’t feel that way

    • It is possible that your symptoms are related to your previous behavior. You are no longer drinking, and this will be beneficial as you maintain your health. Continue to monitor your experiences at this time. If you feel as though you need to speak with a medical professional, then visit an emergency room. Perhaps make an appointment at this time. Best of luck, Marcas!

  3. I drank alcohol for the first time in my life, I had vomiting two times with blood in it. After that I didn’t got blood in next one vomit. And now after 16-18 hours I’m feeling lower chest pain(feels like a severe heartburn). What should I do?

    • It would be best for you to abstain from consuming alcohol in the future. Continue to monitor your experiences for additional symptoms. If you determine that you want to speak with a medical professional, then make an appointment. Have a great day, Jerry!

  4. So I’m very concerned.
    I’ve been drinking a half of a bottle of roughly 80 proof everyday since 2014. Sometimes more or less with higher proof. I did have a 6 months of 151.Recently I tried to quit to be on testosterone as I am trying to change genders. However immediately I had a seizure. I was told I was too far in and need medical detox. Unfortunately where I live there is none that accepts my insurance and my doctor said this is probably going to kill me as this same situation has been a common occurrence in my area. I’ve been trying to quit at home on my own but the seizures become more frequent when I do (the lowest I’ve gotten was 4 shots in one day). I get so scared especially since my doctor told me not to detox at home as it could mess me up and potentially kill me; that and after pushing through the passing out, itchy bumps, waking up not able to speak that I binge drink again to make it stop.
    Last night I decided to keep it relatively slow. Three of us shared a pint of fire ball (though we didn’t even make it down to the half way point as we weren’t looking to get drunk.) and a beer. I went home and everything was fine. Out of nowhere I had a bloating stabbing pain in my stomach. My liver was shooting pain. I tried to ride it out but I just couldn’t. I puked, at first it was normal. Then it was nothing but blood. I have puked up blood in the past but not like this. I couldn’t stop shaking. I felt cold. I still haven’t gone to sleep. I drank some water. And the shakes have stopped.
    People want me to contact my doctor but my last appointment made it pretty clear there was nothing they could do for me.

    With this info, it may sound grim but do you think I have a high chance of dying soon?

    • You should make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. You may also want to speak with an emergency medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences to ensure that any changes are known. Abstain from consuming alcohol. Develop a plant based diet and abstain from consuming processed foods and added sugar. Best of luck, Ashton!

  5. So I’m very concerned.
    I’ve been drinking a half of a bottle of roughly 80 proof everyday since 2014. Sometimes more or less with higher proof. I did have a 6 months of 151.Recently I tried to quit to be on testosterone as I am trying to change genders. However immediately I had a seizure. I was told I was too far in and need medical detox. Unfortunately where I live there is none that accepts my insurance and my doctor said this is probably going to kill me as this same situation has been a common occurrence in my area. I’ve been trying to quit at home on my own but the seizures become more frequent when I do (the lowest I’ve gotten was 4 shots in one day). I get so scared especially since my doctor told me not to detox at home as it could mess me up and potentially kill me; that and after pushing through the passing out, itchy bumps, waking up not able to speak that I binge drink again to make it stop.
    Last night I decided to keep it relatively slow. Three of us shared a pint of fire ball (though we didn’t even make it down to the half way point as we weren’t looking to get drunk.) and a beer. I went home and everything was fine. Out of nowhere I had a bloating stabbing pain in my stomach. My liver was shooting pain. I tried to ride it out but I just couldn’t. I puked, at first it was normal. Then it was nothing but blood. I have puked up blood in the past but not like this. I couldn’t stop shaking. I felt cold. I still haven’t gone to sleep. I drank some water. And the shakes have stopped.
    People want me to contact my doctor but my last appointment made it pretty clear there was nothing they could do for me.

    With this info, it may sound grim but do you think I have a high chance of dying soon?

    • You should make an appointment with a medical professional at this time. You may also want to speak with an emergency medical professional. Continue to monitor your experiences to ensure that any changes are known. Abstain from consuming alcohol. Develop a plant based diet and abstain from consuming processed foods and added sugar. Best of luck, Ashton!

  6. My boyfriend started drinking heavely in the last 3 years . He takes about est. 16 small shots of the 99 banana. I started noticing he has not really beening eating but i started noticing blood in his vomit. Been trying yo take him yo see a doctor but he is stubborn!

    • It is clear that your partner is not caring for himself. You may want to speak with his family and friends about his alcohol abuse. If you find that his behavior is unacceptable, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Do not support his alcohol abuse. He should respect your feelings. Best of luck, Rochell!

  7. Sir, last night I had screwdriver and I throw up morning and then last vomit was a little blood. May but after that I’m OK. Why is that?

    • You should abstain from consuming alcohol at this time. Continue to monitor your symptoms. Your best option would be to speak with a medical professional. Drink plenty of water and relax. This will help you heal. You may find great benefit in no longer consuming alcohol. Best of luck, Abhilash!

  8. Thnx for the update::today morning I wake up with hangover after hvng too much alcohol last night I vomit blood and had strong headache I was so afraid I thought I’m going to die coz it never happened to me so now atleast i understand the reasons

    • The reason why you are experiencing these sensations is because alcohol is a poison. You are reacting to the alcohol in your system. It is best to abstain from alcohol consumption. It will help if you drink water. If you decide to drink in the future, then drink a glass of water for every serving of alcohol that you drink. This will ensure that you remain healthy. Have a great day, Dorah!

  9. I can drink and type of alcohol type drink with no problem but when I drink even one beer I get sick and throw up blood, why?

    • If you throw up blood after drinking beer, then you need to make an appointment with a medical professional. Abstain from drinking beer and alcohol. These are not beneficial to your health and will harm your body. Monitor any additional symptoms that you may have at this time before you make your appointment. Best of luck, Ed!

  10. This is resourceful.
    I now got an idea of my condition..
    This is the second time in a span of two years, i think i should quit the drinking habit

    • That would be a good idea. Drinking can also damage your liver, cause you to gain weight and causes a lower mood for days afterward. It would be good to drink in moderation or avoid drinking all together.

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