The Doctors: Do Vodka & Alcohol Destroy Your Stomach Lining?


Is It Bad For You To Lick Your Wounds?

If you have ever cut your hand, your instinct might be to suck on the wound to stop the bleeding. This isn’t a Twilight vampire situation, but an audience survey suggested that this is a relatively common practice. “Everybody’s done it,” Dr. Lisa Masterson said.

But your mouth contains bacteria that could infect your wound, according to Dr. Travis Stork. Animals, however, have Nerve Growth Factor, which means licking their wounds helps them heal twice as fast.


However, you also don’t want your pet to lick your open cuts or sores. Here’s what you should do instead. First, Dr. Travis recommends irrigation. Run water over it, then apply ointment and bandages to begin the healing process.

The Drs: Alcohol & Stomach Lining

Is alcohol destroying your stomach lining? Learn how the body absorbs it.

Does Vodka Destroy Stomach Lining?

A man told The Doctors that he recently had a mixed vodka drink served in a paper cup. Classy. He noticed while he was drinking it that the paper started to melt away, right in his hand.


The man asked if vodka has the same effect on internal organs as it does on disposable paper cups. To get to the bottom of this, Dr. Andrew Ordon did a demonstration on the set.

How The Body Absorbs Alcohol

“Thank goodness that the lining of our stomach is much more resilient than a paper cup,” he said. Red wine and vodka slowly began to seep through his paper cups.

“Fortunately we have a lining to our stomach. It’s called your Gastric Mucosa. It’s full of crimps, it’s full of glands, produces mucus,” he said. “So it does form a pretty good barrier for alcohol.”

Your stomach will absorb about 20% of the alcohol, and the rest will enter your bloodstream through the small intestine. Heavy drinking can irritate your stomach lining, causing Reflux or Alcoholic Gastritis. Alcohol can make Ulcer Pain worse as well.

Maybe you shouldn’t drink out of paper cups, also.

How To Safely Rub Your Eyes

Facebook fan Stephanie asked The Doctors about the safe and healthy way to rub your eyes. Is there such a thing? She wondered if tissue particles could rub off in her eyes. “Little fibers from the tissue can rub off into your eye,” Dr. Jim Sears said, “and that would really hurt.”

He said that rubbing your eyes is unsafe no matter how you do it. It creates the risk of scratching the cornea or causing Keratoconis. Read more about Keratoconus.

Make sure your hands are clean before getting them in your eyes, to prevent the risk of infection or illness. Also, be gentle about rubbing your eyes. Dr. Jim suggested rubbing next to your eye, to “let the eyelid do all the work.”

The Doctors: Belly Button Smelly Discharge

Jennifer from Dallas emailed The Doctors, saying she has a smelly discharge in her belly button and wants to know what it is.

Here’s the thing, Doctors viewers. First of all, that is disgusting. Second, this type of pressing medical issue is not something you should address either via email or through the snail’s pace response time of this type of medical show. Go see a doctor if you have anything suspicious coming out of any part of your body.

To Jennifer’s point, Dr. Lisa said this is a common complaint. She said the cause could be a Yeast Infection or Bacterial Infection, as well as a Urachal Cyst. In a shocking twist, Dr. Lisa said Jennifer needs to go see a doctor.

The Drs TV: What Causes Thick Toenails

The Doctors’ next question came from a badly done parody of those talking baby commercials, in which a young person wondered what’s up with his grandfather’s funky toenails, and whether he will suffer the same fate as he ages.

“What you’re talking about here is a fungal infection of the toes,” Dr. Andrew explained. It’s called Onychomycosis, and it is overwhelmingly more common in adults. This can progress through the years, causing severe thickening and even damaging your toes if it’s untreated.

Onychomycosis Treatments

You can use anti-fungal creams to try treating it yourself. More serious cases could require long cycles of antibiotics to clear things up. Laser treatment is another option for eradicating the fungus.


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