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What to look for

The following symptoms are identify with abuse of alcohol:
Temporary blackouts or memory loss.
Repeated arguments or fights with family members or friends.
Using alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal".
Work, money & family problems can cause alcohol abuse.
Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when you stop drinking.
Loss of appetite & insomnia. (They don’t eat very often)
They tremble a lot & they keep on sweating
Hallucinating attacks.
Kidney trouble & peptic ulcers.
Broken veins on the face; a croaking voice; shaking hands; severe diarrhea; & drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret. These symptoms are specifically associated with chronic alcoholism.

Consumed in caution, alcohol can be of benefit as a relaxant, can Boost the appetite & produce a feeling of well-being. However, when consumed in excess, alcohol is poisonous to human systems & is believed to be a drug.
Chronic alcoholism is a progressive, potentially fatal disease, characterized by an constant craving, increasing the tolerance level, They get physical dependence upon it, & loss of control over drinking alcohol..
Alcoholism can cause physical problems such as hypoglycemia, kidney disease, brain & heart damage, enlarged blood vessels in the skin, chronic gastritis, & pancreatitis (see Pancreatic Problems).

Alcoholism can also lead to impotence in men, damage to the fetus in pregnant women, & an elevated risk of cancer of the larynx ,oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, & upper gastrointestinal tract.
Alcoholics rarely eat nutritionally adequate meals, they are likely to have nutritional deficiencies. Heavy drinkers typically have impaired liver function, & at least 1 in 5 develops cirrhosis

Causes

The causes of alcoholism is a combination of genetic, physical, psychological, environmental, & social factors that differs among people. Genetic factors are considered crucial. A given person's risk of becoming an alcoholic is four to five times higher if a parent are alcoholic’s as children grow up copying one parent. Some children of alcohol abusers, however, overcome the inherited pattern By becoming teetotalers. Drinking is socially acceptable & approved by cultural activity therefore some people, due to upbringing & conditioning are more inclined to become alcoholics than others. Certain professions are more favorable to alcoholism, extensive socializing & the open availability of drinking are causes in these cases.

Dietary Considerations

Develop a healthy diet of fresh fruit & vegetables (watching for certain fruits & vegetables which may be high in sugar) & consume foods high in B & C group vitamins such as whole meal bread, brown rice, oats, bananas, citrus fruit, broccoli & parsley. Bye eating right it will be much easier on Him or her Drink plenty of filtered water & be sure to visit a qualified dietician or medical practitioner to obtain a diet suitable for you .Don’t just go on any diet.

When to seek further professional advice

If you have any of the symptoms listed in the above section & are unable to stop drinking on your own. You need medical intervention to treat alcoholism you find your daily intake of alcohol increasing as you become more tolerant. you drink frequently & experience chronic or periodic depression. You may be at risk of suicide.(& that is no joke. They will try it)
You have tried to stop drinking & experienced withdrawal symptoms such as headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or delirium tremens. You need medical attention by a Doctor or a treatment centre .

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Once an alcoholic accepts his or her circumstance & stop using alcohol, a number of alternative therapies can assist the recovery process
Massage - can help relax & can aid the stress of withdrawal symptoms
Herbal Remedies & Nutritional supplements such as the B Complex, Vitamin C, & a multi-vitamin capsule, beta-carotene & Zinc, Magnesium & EPO. For withdrawal symptoms for Herbal mixtures. 

Various relaxation & meditation techniques

 

Nutrition & diet - eat plenty of salads & vegetables, drink fresh juices & avoid fatty foods.
Blood sugar levels may need to be stabilise - eliminating certain dietary sugars prove helpful in some cases.
Other ways to help with Alcoholism
To help in learning to live without the need for alcohol the alcoholic must…
Try to Avoid people & places that make drinking the norm, & find new, non-drinking friends.
Join a self-help group. Let then show you how to deal with it.
Ask the help of family & friends. Don’t keep it from them.
Replace your negative dependence on alcohol with positive dependencies such as a new hobby or volunteer work with church or civic groups.
Start exercising. Exercise releases a chemicals in the brain that provide a "natural high." Even a walk after dinner can be tranquillising

Traditional Treatment

Alcoholic’s main aim in therapy is to give up from any form of alcohol & this is often difficult & confused by denial
Once the alcoholic accepts that he or she has a problem & is willing to stop drinking, & admit that they have a problem then they can start with treatment .He or she must understand that alcoholism is curable & must be inspired to change. (This does not always work. He or she must have the will power to stop)

Treatment has two stages

1. Withdrawal sometimes called detoxification
2. Recovery.

Because withdrawal symptoms does not stop the craving for alcohol, recovery is often difficult to maintain. For a person in an early stage of alcoholism, withdrawal may bring anxiety & poor sleep
Withdrawal from long-term addiction may bring the compulsive shaking, spasms, panic, & hallucinations of delirium tremens (DT). If not treated professionally, people with DT have a mortality rate of more than 10 percent, so withdrawal from late-stage alcoholism should be attempted only at an in-patient Centre.
Treatment may involve one or more medications. They must be used with care & supervision, since they may be addictive & can have serious side effects. On those that uses it.
Because an alcoholic remains vulnerable to becoming dependent again, the key to recovery is total
Discipline. Recovery also involves education programs, group therapy, family involvement, & participation in self-help groups.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17