The lifespan of someone suffering from chronic pancreatitis is about 10 to 15 years less than the average person, states the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases. On average, people who die of alcoholic chronic pancreatitis are 50 years old.
Chronic pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas is continuously inflamed, states MedicineNet. Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of chronic pancreatitis, contributing to roughly 75 percent of all cases. Once chronic pancreatitis develops, it rarely subsides, causing lifelong complications and abdominal pain, asserts MedicineNet. Chronic pancreatitis also leads to pancreatic cancer in four out of 100 sufferers, states WebMD.