Changes to lifestyle habits can help some people. These may be:

Not Smoking

Smoking causes inflammation and increases stomach acid. It also slows healing. Not smoking may ease symptoms.

Limiting Alcohol

Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining. This can worsen symptoms. Alcohol should be limited to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.

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Peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/peptic-ulcers-stomach-ulcers/all-content. Updated November 2014. Accessed February 3, 2020.

Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 2/9/2021