Alcoholism is a state of intense physical and psychological dependence on alcohol, which may be considered as a chronic disease, like diabetes. Alcohol in moderation in fact appears to protect the heart, but drinking excessively over time damages the brain, liver, pancreas, intestine and other organs. Alcoholism could also cause malnutrition as the nourishing diet gets replaced by empty alcohol kilojoules.
- Drinking makes many people relaxed and talkative.
- More precisely the mystery lies in why some people pursue alcohol to greater extent.
- Psychological factors also play a major role in alcoholism, but in addition to that there also seems to be a strong genetic component as well.
- Children of alcoholics have high risk of developing the disease, even when they are born and brought up in nondrinking households.
- Seeking different ways to drink.
- Needing more and more alcohol to achieve the same effect.
- Abnormal reaction to criticism of drinking; adamantly denying the problem.
- Experiencing withdrawal signs (tremors, seizures and hallucinations) if drinking is stopped.
ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT SUPPLEMENTS:
- Vitamin C / Vitamin E – 1000mg vitamin C – 3 times a day; 500 IU vitamin E daily with food.
- Vitamin B complex – 1 pill, plus extra 100mg thiamine, each morning with food. Choose a B-complex with 150mcg vitamin B12 and biotin, 400mcg folic acid and 50mg all other B vitamins.
- Amino acids – Mixed amino acid complex (see label for dosage amount), plus L-glutamine (500mg twice a day). For best absorption, take on an empty stomach.
- Kudzu – 150mg 3 times a day. Standardised to contain at least 0.95% daidzen.
- Milk thistle – 250mg 3 times a day between meals. Standardised to contain at least 70% silymarin.
- Chromium – 200mcg twice a day. Take with food or a full glass of water.
- Evening primrose oil – 1000mg 3 times a day with food. Can substitute starflower oil.
- Kava – 250mg 3 times a day. Standardised to contain at least 3.5% kavapyrones.
- Quit drinking.
- Acupuncture treatment is advisable.
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Kudzu vine is also known as ‘nature’s antabuse’. In Australia it is known as Japanese arrowroot and is found in tropical New South Wales.