January 4, 2007 11:54pm CST
Chronic alcoholism leads to oesophagitis due to gastric reflux and decreased peristaltic contractions. Normally, salivary secretions flush the oesophagus but smoking, an associated habit, reduces salivary secretion. Pulmonary aspirations are a common risk found in chronic alcoholics. Oesophageal cancer is more common in tobacco users than in alcoholics.