So why does excessive alcohol consumption cause or make hemorrhoids much worse?
Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body, has a diuretic action, which increases the flow of urine causing a loss of bodily fluids producing harder stools making any constipation much worse.
This will cause more straining when having a bowel movement. You should try not to strain too hard and instead spend more time to try to ease the motion. Straining will also make any itching and inflammation worse.
The most common cause of hemorrhoids is straining during a bowel movement because of hard stools which increases the blood pressure in the veins in the anus.
Postponing a bowel movement and holding faecal matter too long in the rectum causes pressure to build up in the rectum veins.
A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein in the anus, also called a varicose vein. In a healthy person, the tissue around the anus fills with blood to regulate bowel movements. However, when there is constant pressure or other factors restricting blood flow, the veins become inflamed. Poor blood flow may result in a painful, swollen, protruding hemorrhoid.
External Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable with itching. Blood may appear on toilet paper during bowel movements.Internal Hemorrhoids show rectal bleeding and intense pain.
You may well have to push the hemorrhoids back in with your fingers after, but some petroleum jelly or other lubricant will help this.
Internal hemorrhoids often protrude and clot. The presence of mucus and blood is also a sign.
Eating excessive processed foods, which are low in fiber and move slowly through your colon. Hemorrhoids were not as common 100 years ago when the Western diet was much higher in fiber.
The rates of Hemorrhoids increases in countries where the diet becomes more westernised, meaning lots of processed refined foods low in fiber.
Hemorrhoids were mainly seen in the over 50’s, but with the increase in drinking culture amongst young people the age is coming down.
Excessive drinking, even alcoholism in young people is producing hemorrhoid suffers in their early 20’s. They are getting even younger.
Also pregnant women experience increased pressure on these veins and this can cause and aggravate hemorrhoids.
Stress put on the liver will contribute to hemorrhoids. The connection between poor liver function and hemorrhoids is well known in medical circles.
If a strain is put on the liver from poor diet, excessive drinking or cirrhosis, blood flow to the liver will increase to help cope with this and this increases blood pressure to the veins in the anus, thus making the hemorrhoids worse. Admittedly this is a very simplistic explanation for it is too complicated to go into it here.
Alcoholics and very heavy drinkers have a high incidence of hemorrhoids.
General body weakness, poor muscle tone in the anal area from too much drink, lack of exercise and being overweight. Too much alcohol consumption weakens your muscle tone and the muscles cannot hold in the veins around the anal area so they protrude through.
Sitting about in chairs at home, work, or a car for long periods. Lounging about drinking instead of keeping active. Irregular eating patterns, not getting the right vitamins and minerals in your food. Lack of protein leads to weak muscle tissue in the anal area and slows the healing of wounds.
Having said all this – some people do have a predisposition to constipation or have inherited a weakness in the colon and rectum area, and are thus prone to hemorrhoids.