Overview

Alcoholism (alcohol dependence) and alcohol abuse are two different forms of problem drinking.

  • Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continue to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships.
  • Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.

Alcohol abuse is rising. Around 1 out of 6 people in the United States have a drinking problem.

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Symptoms

People who have alcoholism or alcohol abuse often:

  • Continue to drink, even when health, work, or family are being harmed
  • Drink alone
  • Become violent when drinking
  • Become hostile when asked about drinking
  • Are not able to control drinking – being unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake
  • Make excuses to drink
  • Miss work or school, or have a decrease in performance because of drinking
  • Stop taking part in activities because of alcohol
  • Need to use alcohol on most days to get through the day
  • Neglect to eat or eat poorly
  • Do not care about or ignore how they dress or whether they are clean
  • Try to hide alcohol use
  • Shake in the morning or after periods when they have not a drink

Symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

  • Memory lapses after heavy drinking
  • Needing more and more alcohol to feel “drunk”
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, when you haven’t had a drink for a while

 

Causes

There is no known cause of alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Research suggests that certain genes may increase the risk of alcoholism, but which genes and how they work are not known.

How much you drink can influence your chances of becoming dependent. Those at risk for developing alcoholism include:

  • Men who have 15 or more drinks a week
  • Women who have 12 or more drinks a week
  • Anyone who has five or more drinks per occasion at least once a week

One drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1 1/2-ounce shot of liquor.

You have an increased risk for alcohol abuse and dependence if you have a parent with alcoholism.

You may also be more likely to abuse alcohol or become dependent if you:

  • Are a young adult under peer pressure
  • Have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia
  • Have easy access to alcohol
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Have problems with relationships
  • Live a stressful lifestyle
  • Live in a culture alcohol use is more common and accepted

Alcohol abuse is rising. Around 1 out of 6 people in the United States have a drinking problem.

Diet:

The body converts alcohol, like other refined grains, directly to sugar, causing a spike in blood sugar levels and a commensurate insulin response to bring those levels back down. Following detox, a recovering alcoholic may find that he craves sweets and starchy foods more than he did before. This is the body’s response to its perceived insufficient blood sugar in the absence of alcohol. The acute sugar cravings should pass as other withdrawal symptoms fade, but the compulsion to eat sugary foods could remain well into an alcoholic’s recovery as a psychological replacement for alcohol. Sticking to your balanced diet plan and avoiding the early temptation to “medicate” against the loss of alcohol by binging on sugar should blunt the long-term effects of sugar craving as you progress through recovery.

There is no cure for cirrhosis of the liver or pancreatitis, two of the more common chronic conditions associated with alcoholism. There will be, however, a time when the other systemic, alcohol-related damage like inefficient nutrient absorption or low red blood-cell count will reverse itself. Diets rich in protein and low in simple sugars or saturated fats can speed this process. Build a diet plan in recovery that delivers no more than 20 to 35 percent of the daily calories from fat, with an even split between carbohydrates and protein for the rest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid recommends

The most common dietary deficiencies in alcoholics are vitamin B6, thiamine and folic acid. These vital nutrients aid in red blood-cell production and nutrient absorption. During detoxification, or the immediate period following alcohol withdrawal, a doctor should monitor these levels and decide if supplementation is necessary to preserve healthy bodily function. He will also screen for protein, iron and electrolytes to determine what, if any, lasting damage has been done to the liver.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.

Supplements:

B-complex vitamins, particularly B12, contribute to a healthy metabolism. You may wish to try taking B-complex supplements by mouth during your first few months of recovery. You may also need to supplement with vitamins A, C and E as well as minerals like magnesium, selenium and zinc in doses higher than the recommended daily allowance.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Aromatherapy

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Taking baths or having regular massages with formulas that include lemon oil is one of the best solutions. There is a need to look at the emotional issues surrounding alcohol use. Essential oils move emotion. Usually there is need to avoid pain and avoid suffering. Oils that help stop pain and suffering are Peppermint and Yarrow. Often alcoholics are depressed which masks high levels of anger and rage. Oils that clear anger are cinnamon and ajowan.

Any Eucalyptus oil and all the Cedarwoods help to heal the energy field from damaged caused by alcohol abuse. Including some of these oils in the bath or massage will help anyone heal from alcohol damage. Many children today born to alcoholic parents could be relieved of much distress by bathing the child in warm water with lemon oil, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, and apple cider vinegar. After the first bath, the infant or child will be able to sleep and relax perhaps for the first time.

Simple lemon oil can have a profound effect on those suffering from alcoholic abuse. Lemon heals the unstable energy patterns in the nervous system. Lemon also dissolves worry and resentment.

Along with lemon oil, Lemon Petitgrain can also be used in the bath and massage to help with addiction. Petitgrains are used to break habitual or addictive patterning.

 

Herbal Remedies for Alcoholism

Dandelion 

Dandelion For Alcoholism Dandelion is a wonder herb which can be easily found in yards. The plant has beautiful yellow flowers which looks really beautiful in gardens. The herb can help you curb alcohol cravings easily. The part of the plant which helps you in curbing alcohol cravings are the roots of Dandelion. It is bitter in taste but it helps in increasing product of bile which in turn helps in treating alcoholism. You can boil the roots in water and have it three times in a day to treat this problem.

Ginseng 

Ginseng For Alcoholism Ginseng is a popular herbal remedy for treating alcoholism. It has several beneficial properties which helps in energizing and revitalizing. It helps in detoxification of alcohol from the body which in turn treats alcoholism effectively. The root of Ginseng can help in treating alcohol but can only be obtainable in few countries. If you want to get rid of alcohol cravings then you should boil ginseng roots and have the filtered ginseng water daily.

Passion Flower 

Passion Flower For Alcoholism Passion flower is used as a herbal treatment for withdrawing alcohol completely. If you are an alcoholic, you should go for the passion flower treatment to get rid of alcohol from your body. You will feel the difference in no time and will stop craving for alcohol too.

Kudzu 

Kudzu For Alcoholism The roots of Kudzu are really popular in China. It is a really popular herbal treatment that reduces alcohol cravings. It has been used as a herbal remedy for about 200 years in China. It can also cure many health conditions effectively. People who are alcoholics should have kudzu roots in the form of kudzu drops in water. You should drink this daily as it does not have any harmful effects. The herb will fight alcoholism and will help you to get rid of alcohol cravings.

Milk Thistle 

Milk Thistle for alcoholism Milk Thistle is an effect herbal remedy which cures many health conditions such as gall bladder and liver disorders. Excess of alcohol can cause damage to your live and milk thistle is a herb which will cure your liver conditions. People who are addicted to alcohol will benefit from this herb in a lot of ways. If you want to treat alcoholism then you should definitely have milk thistle. It is a wonder herb!

Nothing in this world is impossible. Herbs can do magic when treating any ailment or disease. If you want to put an end to alcoholism then try the above mentioned herbal remedies because they are fantastic. Say No to alcohol and lead a healthy life.