Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful for people with excessive alcohol intake (alcoholism)

Alcoholism
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - ALCOHOLISM

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal and homeopathic products recommended in alcoholism and excessive drinking.
General description of alcoholism and overview of excessive drinking
 

Excessive intake of alcohol or alcoholism is characterized by the frequent and excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks like spirits, Sherries, beer, and wine. Alcoholism is a state of both physical and psychological dependence. In plain words, alcoholism is an addictive illness. You may be obsessed with alcohol and unable to control how much you drink, even when you are aware that your drinking is causing serious problems with your relationships, health, work and finances.

The quantity of alcohol consumed is not necessarily a determining factor, as tolerance varies according to the individual. In essence, alcoholism is rather measured by the way a person uses alcohol to deal with life’s problems, and the effects it has on his physical wellbeing. Still, the threshold of alcoholism has been defined as a daily intake in excess of 1ml pure alcohol per kilo of body weight, or 750ml (one bottle) of wine with an alcohol content of 10% for a person weighing 75kg (165lb).

Alcoholism is a major chronic disease. It is also a major social problem which afflicts a large section of society, irrespective of economic status. It accounts for more than half of fatal car accidents. As the drinker gets abusive, violent and/or incapable, the effects of alcoholism on the family are devastating. The help of an outside agency such as Alcoholics Anonymous is sometimes needed to help rehabilitation. However, for such help to have success, the addict needs to admit that he has a problem and really wants to give up drinking.

Herbal & homeopathic products for alcoholics and heavy drinkers

Detox Drops™

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Liver Dr.™

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MindSoothe™

Promote balanced mood, emotional health and feelings of wellbeing.

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Calm Tonic™

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In the United States, 17.6 million people - about 1 in every 12 adults - abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. In general, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol problems.

While alcoholism may be very prevalent, treatment programs and the necessary help to quit drinking, including alternative methods like natural remedies, are readily available.

Kill the Beast

Did you know that alcohol abuse is the most common preventable cause of death in the United States, second only to smoking (excluding deaths of others such as victims of drunken drivers, or alcohol-related homicides).

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Symptoms of alcoholism and excessive drinking
 

Symptoms of alcoholism include: 

  • Trembling – sometimes known as DTs (delirium tremens) - until an alcoholic drink is consumed

  • Redness and enlarged capillaries in the face

  • Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking

  • Gradually needing more drinks to achieve the same previous effect or ‘lift’

  • Aggressive behavior and mood swings including excessive laughing or crying

  • Memory problems

  • Hallucinations and night sweats

  • Regular neglect of meals in favor of alcohol

  • Blackouts (not remembering conversations or commitments) and hangover

  • Sexual impotence – it reduces the capacity to achieve and sustain an erection. According to studies, 70-80 per cent of heavy-drinking males had reduced sexual drive or were altogether impotent.

  • Pain in the legs (Polyneuritis)

  • Drinking alone or in secret

  • Weight loss and loss of appetite

  • Unable to give up, even when warned by a doctor that drinking may prove fatal

Did you say, Macho?

Gulping drinks, ordering doubles, becoming intoxicated intentionally to feel good or drinking to feel "normal" are actually all symptoms of alcoholism.

Effects of alcoholism

Chronic alcoholism can damage all vital organs

  • As alcohol is broken down in the liver, this organ is most vulnerable to alcohol’s harsh effects. It can cause the liver to enlarge, become inflamed, and eventually develop the often fatal scaring called cirrhosis.

  • Can cause abnormalities in heart rhythms and may result later in cardiac failure

  • Attacks of gout or pancreatitis

  • Irritation and inflammation (gastritis) of the gastrointestinal tract

  • It weakens the immune system

  • Alcohol prevents the release of glucose from your liver and can increase the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This is dangerous if you have diabetes and are already taking insulin to lower your blood sugar level.

  • Pregnant women who drink run the risk of causing a variety of abnormalities to develop in their unborn children (fetal alcohol syndrome)

  • Bone loss - Alcohol may interfere with the production of new bone. This can lead to thinning bones and an increased risk of fractures (Osteoporosis).

  • Alcohol also destroys brain cells and impairs mental functions

  • All alcohol contribute to obesity

  • Excessive drinking can affect your nervous system, causing numbness of your hands and feet, disordered thinking and dementia.

  • Chronic alcohol abuse has been linked to a higher risk of numerous cancers, including cancer of the mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, larynx, liver and colon, rectum, and breast.

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Causes of alcoholism and excessive drinking
 

 The general cause attributed to heavy dependence on alcohol include:

  • Genetic – Experts believe that the tendency to alcohol abuse has a biochemical and physiological basis and thus may be inherited. Studies suggest that children of heavy-drinking parents are 3-5 times more likely to become alcoholics.

  • Due to emotional and psychological problems - High levels anxiety or emotional pain can lead some people to drink alcohol to block out the turmoil.

  • Over stress - Certain stress hormones may be associated with alcoholism.

  • Certain type of lifestyle and professions that encourage alcoholism

  • Social groups that drink habitually

  • Drinking to feel at ease, to increase confidence or to try and forget worries

  • Depression as well as low self-esteem and poor coping skills (including escapism) can all precipitate an individual to start drinking as a means of solving his or her problems which greatly increases the chances of alcohol dependence.

  • Status symbol or fashion ‘funda’ for youngsters - The glamorous way that drinking alcohol is portrayed in advertising and in the media may send the message that it's OK to drink excessively

  • Improper family environment

  • Undue criticism

It catches them young!!

Alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65 and older. Also, people who start drinking at an early age - for example, at age 14 or younger - are at much higher risk of developing alcohol problems at some point in their lives compared to someone who starts drinking at age 21 or after.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in alcoholism and excessive drinking
 

Conventional treatment

Three oral medications - disulfiram (Antabuse®), naltrexone (Depade®, ReVia®), and acamprosate (Campral®) - are currently approved to treat alcohol dependence. Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Beta-blockers such as Propranolol (Inderal) are sometimes administered to patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These medications have been shown to help people with dependence reduce their drinking, avoid relapse to heavy drinking, and achieve and maintain abstinence. Naltrexone acts in the brain to reduce craving for alcohol after someone has stopped drinking. Acamprosate is thought to work by reducing symptoms that follow lengthy abstinence, such as anxiety and insomnia. Disulfiram acts as a deterrent to drinking by making the person taking it feel sick after drinking alcohol.

While some of these medications may be beneficial during the initial process of alcohol abstinence, it is advisable to use them in combination with other treatments such as counseling. These Drugs may also have negative side effects that need to be explained to you in detail. Ask your doctor about adverse side effects or visit www.rx.com for more information on these drugs.

Natural Remedies

Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies can help – While there are no specific cures for Alcoholism, natural herbal and homeopathic remedies may be greatly beneficial in helping to soothe the mind and steady anxious nerves during the recovery process. Ingredients such as St. John Wort help ease feelings of depression and reduce anxiety, while homeopathic formulas containing ingredients such as Ferrum Phosphoricum, Kalium Phosphate and Magnesium Phosphate help to relieve anxiety and quiet jittery nerves.

In addition, certain remedies will also help to flush out and detox your body to help counteract some of the damage caused by excessive drinking. Herbs such as Milk Thistle and Dandelion which are renowned for effectively treating liver damage and promoting healthy liver functioning are commonly used in all natural remedies.

Herbal & homeopathic products for alcoholics and heavy drinkers

Detox drops for excessive alcohol intake (alcoholism)

Detox Drops™

Promotes natural cleansing function and ability to eliminate toxins.

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Liver Dr. for excessive alcohol intake (alcoholism)

Liver Dr.™

Improve liver health and functioning naturally.

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MindDSoothe for excessive alcohol intake (alcoholism)

MindSoothe™

Promote balanced mood, emotional health and feelings of wellbeing.

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CalmTonic for excessive alcohol intake (alcoholism)

Calm Tonic™

Promotes nervous system health, maintains balanced mood and worry free mind.

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Dietary recommendation for alcoholics and heavy drinkers

Consumption of excess alcohol decreases the brain’s sensitivity and a person gradually starts to need more drinks to achieve the same effect. Hence, heavy drinkers in pursuit of drinking more, tend to disregard their body’s daily food requirement resulting in a consumption of a poor diet.

A poor diet exacerbates the problems caused by alcohol. The resultant low levels of vitamin B12 and thiamin, among other micronutrients, cause nerve damage, while severe thiamin deficiency results in disorientation, poor memory and confabulation – inventions to fill the memory gaps.

An alcohol addict diet is low in protein and essential nutrients (particularly fatty acids, vitamins A, C and E, thiamin and zinc) which are needed to break down alcohol and transport fat out of the liver.

Include regular amounts of brightly-colored fruit and vegetables in your daily diet (eg. apricots, peaches, carrots, peppers), green leafy vegetables (eg. spinach), meat, fish (grilled/baked), skinless chicken or turkey, or very lean beef (max 5 percent fat) and low-fat cheese which are all good sources of protein and of zinc also. Lean steak, wheatgerm, brewer's yeast, pumpkin seeds and eggs are other very good sources of zinc

Chicken, lamb’s or calves’ liver eaten once a week can provide vitamin A, thiamin and some vitamin C. Vegetable oils, eggs and wholemeal bread help to replace vitamin E.

Fats are poorly tolerated when the liver is inflamed, so go for a low-fat diet that is high in carbohydrates.

The period of alcohol withdrawal is a good time for patients to replenish deficiencies and to establish adequate dietary habits. Although nausea and vomiting usually are controlled by medication during the first few days of alcohol withdrawal, patients' appetites often are still poor. Therapists can acknowledge this and can encourage patients to begin to establish new eating habits by providing nutrient dense snacks and well-balanced meals to help patients "load up" on the nutrients they require. Patients should be advised to avoid "empty calorie" beverages and other low-nutrient foods.

Did you know?

Apples when eaten regularly and liberally, help in removing intoxication and reduce craving for wines or any other kind of liquor.

During this period, it is important for patients to consume proteins, minerals, and vitamins at about 125 percent of their estimated caloric needs to replenish their chronic nutritional losses and to compensate for inefficient absorption resulting from disease. Avoidance of caffeine continues to be important during this time.

Alcoholics with cirrhosis and other liver diseases should consume a diet consisting of at least 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight, and they should restrict their salt intake to prevent edema and ascites.

As far as bone health is concerned, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is critical. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products; dark green, leafy vegetables; and calcium-fortified foods and beverages. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption and bone health. It is synthesized in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Food sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, saltwater fish, and liver. Many people obtain enough vitamin D by getting about 15 minutes of sunlight each day.

Increase your intake of antioxidants like vitamin C rich foods (eg. oranges, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, tomatoes), and vitamin E foods (eg. 1 tsp wheatgerm oil daily). Five servings (treat one medium fruit, fresh, chopped or cooked, or equivalent, as one serving) of these antioxidant rich fruits and veggies is a minimum requirement.
Increase your intake of essential fatty acids like 2-3oz of oily fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon) in your weekly diet. Also switch to flaxseed oil for cooking or salads.

Eat whole grains rather than refined or white flour carbohydrates. Eat brown rice (a good source of thiamin, especially beneficial for heavy drinkers), oats, whole wheat pasta and dense chewy breads. As well as providing various essential micronutrients, whole grains improve blood glucose management which reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

 
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dos and don'ts and general precautons for alcoholics and heavy drinkers

Detoxification and withdrawal - Treatment for alcoholism may begin with a program of detoxification, usually taking about four to seven days. You may need to take sedating medications to prevent delirium tremens or other withdrawal seizures.

Psychological Therapy – There are many forms of therapy that can help you change your habitual drinking behaviors as well as you mental perceptions of alcohol as a “life-support”. These may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy or a support group with a reputable recovery plan. Therapy can also help you with underlying problems such as stress, depression or anxiety and assist you in developing healthier coping methods.

Replace a bad habit with a good habit - By adding positive habits such as meditation (especially Yoga), exercise and drinking water, you will be less likely to replace your drinking habit with another vice. You will also find these positive life-style changes make you feel healthier and give you the mental energy to confront your problems.

Acupuncture, the insertion of hair-thin needles under the skin, may relieve cravings for alcohol and alleviate some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as tremors and fatigue. Acupuncture may also reduce anxiety and depression, which lead some people to drink alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was formed in 1935. As a self-help group of people recovering from alcoholism, AA offers a sober peer group as an effective model for achieving total abstinence.

Alcohol Anonymous offers 12 steps to help an alcoholic stay sober. Members are asked to remain anonymous (last names are not use), and through spiritual guidance, self-examination and mutual support the members work to recover from alcoholism. They stress the necessity for honesty about the past and present.

Don’t cut down – Cut out

Alcoholics who try to cut down on drinking rarely succeed. Cutting out alcohol - that is, abstaining - is usually the best course for recovery.

For family members

This can be a challenge. An alcoholic can't be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as a traffic violation or arrest that results in court-ordered treatment. But you don't have to wait for someone to "hit rock bottom" to act. Many alcoholism treatment specialists suggest the following steps to help an alcoholic get treatment:

Stop all "cover ups." - Family members often make excuses to others or try to protect the alcoholic from the results of his or her drinking. It is important to stop covering for the alcoholic so that he or she experiences the full consequences of drinking. Let them take some of the responsibility for their actions by not continuously bailing them out of the messy situations they get stuck in. Stop calling in sick on their behalf, or making excuses for them.

Time your intervention. The best time to talk to the drinker is shortly after an alcohol-related problem has occurred - like a serious family argument or an accident. Choose a time when he or she is sober, both of you are fairly calm, and you have a chance to talk in private. Tell them how their drinking affects you and honestly discuss all your concerns. Do not attempt to do this when they have been drinking as they probably won’t be reasonable and will more than likely forget the conversation.

State the results - Explain to the drinker what you will do if he or she doesn't go for help - not to punish the drinker, but to protect yourself from his or her problems. What you say may range from refusing to go with the person to any social activity where alcohol will be served, to moving out of the house. Do not make any threats you are not prepared to carry out.

Get support - It is important to remember that you are not alone. Support groups offered in most communities include Al-Anon, which holds regular meetings for spouses and other significant adults in an alcoholic's life, and Alateen, which is geared to children of alcoholics. These groups help family members understand that they are not responsible for an alcoholic's drinking and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the alcoholic family member chooses to get help.

Take care of yourself and live your life - Many people get so caught up in their family member’s drinking problem that they begin to lose their identity and feel like their sole purpose is to “fix it”. You need to set aside genuine “me-time” where you pursue your own interests and develop your own independent sense of self. Consider taking a short course in something you enjoy, or joining the gym.

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Herbal & homeopathic products for alcoholics and heavy drinkers

Detox Drops™

Promotes natural cleansing function and ability to eliminate toxins.

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Liver Dr.™

Improve liver health and functioning naturally.

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MindSoothe™

Promote balanced mood, emotional health and feelings of wellbeing.

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Calm Tonic™

Promotes nervous system health, maintains balanced mood and worry free mind.

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