The study of 372 patients at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, linked the rate of progression of disease to the extent of alcohol drinking.
Doctors studied pain severity, calcification, endocrine and exocrine insufficiency, together with details of complications, surgery, and survival.
Researchers led by Dr Eugene DiMagno expected to find that moderate alcohol drinking did not contribute to the development of disease.
But after the age of 35, patients who drank even small quantities of alcohol suffered from increased illness, they report in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
|Pain frequency in pancreatitis was correlated with increasing alcohol intake.
|Mayo Clinic Proceedings|
Writing in the same journal, Dr Phillip Toskes, of the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, said, "The frequency of pain was significantly associated with an increasing intake of alcohol.
"This has implications for clinicians, because many clinicians advise patients with idiopathic non-alcoholic chronic pancreatitis that moderate amounts of alcohol will not exacerbate their disease."
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