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How long have you had the loose stools?
What joints are bothering you?
Depending on the length of time this has been a problem you should have further work up...
If short term say a week or two then you may have a gastroenteritis..infection of the GI tract. The infection can cause inflammatory chemicals to be more active in your systen and this can in turn may you have symptoms such as joint pain for example.
If this has been more a long term problem then you may need to consult a gastroenterologist.
Some tests for infections that can be longer lasting (C.diff, giardia, parasitic as examples) may be needed.
You can be tested for celiac disease with special blood antibody tests (although a biopsy is the gold standard)
Well that would not be my first suspect at all...
Alcohol is a common irritant of the GI tract....
You might benefit from a trial of Pepto Bismol >> one dose after each loose stool for five days...see if this benefits the trend of the loose stools. Then try using a probiotic for at leasst a week. This may help to reset the flora in the GI tract...
If this fails to lead to improvement then I would recommend that you seek further work up.