Many people enjoy a nice cold beer once in a while, but no one enjoys acid reflux. Acid reflux most commonly involves a painful, burning sensation in the area of your breastbone. It can also cause other symptoms such as a sour, acid taste in the throat or back of your mouth. When acid reflux occurs frequently, it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. While you may experience acid reflux more often after you have had a beer or two, the medical evidence on the relationship between alcohol consumption and reflux is unclear.

Beer might aggravate your acid reflux because the swallowed air from the beer’s carbonation can cause bloating and belching. Bloating results in increased abdominal pressure — which can push stomach contents back up into the esophagus, making you more likely to experience acid reflux. After consuming carbonated beverages, you might accidentally or purposely belch to relieve some of the pressure.

This may not only aggravate heartburn symptoms, but if the stomach contents travel up far enough, you may also experience that sour, acidic taste in your mouth.

Certain beverages are the worst offenders when it comes to triggering acid reflux.

Certain beverages are the worst offenders when it comes to triggering acid reflux.

Alcohol. Alcohol further relaxes the valve between the stomach and the food pipe, and it stimulates the stomach to produce more acid.

Carbonated beverages. …

Caffeinated beverages. …

Chocolate. …

Citrus juices. …

Ginger tea. …

Yogurt. …

Milk..

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Acid Reflux.

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