2. Chronic Pancreatitis
Chronic pancreatitis is similar to acute, but in this case the inflammation is long-term and won’t get any better. In fact, over time it tends to get worse and lead to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis will often develop after an episode of acute pancreatitis has already occurred, and is likely due to heavy drinking, says WebMD. “Damage to the pancreas from heavy alcohol use may not cause symptoms for many years, but then the person may suddenly develop severe pancreatitis symptoms,” writes the source.