Alcoholic pancreatitis—it's the alcohol, stupid

The management of alcoholic pancreatitis is mostly reactive; little is done to prevent disease progression. It is time for physicians to pay attention to the root cause of the condition—that is, alcohol—rather than just responding to its effects. This article discusses an important paper that describes the first prospective, randomized, controlled, clinical trial to investigate the effect of brief interventions for alcohol abuse on the progression of alcoholic pancreatitis.

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Apte, M., Pirola, R. & Wilson, J. Alcoholic pancreatitis—it's the alcohol, stupid. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 6, 321–322 (2009).

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