If gallstones cause pancreatitis, stomach pain generally increases after eating a big meal or drinking a large amount of alcohol. In the latter case, the upsurge in pain tends to begin six to 12 hours later. In recent years, the incidence of alcohol-related pancreatitis has increased dramatically, and it now accounts for about one-third of the most acute cases. Statistics show pancreatitis caused by overindulgence in alcohol is most common in men in their 30s.
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