http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1119846/ Alcohol is biggest cause of chronic pancreatitis. If your panc is damaged to the point you become diabetic then you have chronic panc. Removal of gallbladder usually sorts out pancreatitis caused by gallstone (though a very tiny % may still produce stones without having gallbladder! student doc guess was 5% consultant said is was more .5 % you can drink alcohol after 6 months or so. If your panc is damaged by alcohol you shouldn't drink alcohol again. If the doctors don't know what has caused pancreatitis it is also advised not to drink alcohol. It is also noted the drink of alcohol might not cause problems on day it was drunk but could be months later. Repeated acute attacks are usually caused by alcohol or they don't know cause, repeated attacks usually lead to chronic. I am in pain every day, every single day, from the day of 1st attack 2012 still now, no let up no stopping, reason Unknown, but the more you know about the disease the better you can deal with other issues it causes.