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''Alcoholism''
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
  
 
Alcoholism is a dependence on or addiction to alcohol.  Signs of this condition are habitual intoxication and prolonged or excessive alcohol consumption leading to a breakdown in health.  Those with this addiction will often show symptoms of withdrawal when deprived of alcoholic beverages.
 
Alcoholism is a dependence on or addiction to alcohol.  Signs of this condition are habitual intoxication and prolonged or excessive alcohol consumption leading to a breakdown in health.  Those with this addiction will often show symptoms of withdrawal when deprived of alcoholic beverages.
 
  
  
 
== Effects ==
 
== Effects ==
  
 
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Alcohol is considered a drug, and prolonged dependence on it may result in severe problems with the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract as well as mental and emotional disorders.  Deficiencies of many nutrients occur in alcoholics because the alcohol itself satisfies the body's caloric needs.
Alcohol is considered a drug, and prolonged dependence on it may result in severe problems with the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract as well as mental and emotional disorders.  Deficiencies of many nutrients occur in alcoholics bacause the alcohol itself satisfies the body's caloric needs.
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As the alcohol enters the bloodstream directly through the walls of the stomach, it begins to act upon the central nervous system.  This drug destroys brain cells by depleting the necessary water to sustain and hydrate these delicate tissues and cells.   
 
As the alcohol enters the bloodstream directly through the walls of the stomach, it begins to act upon the central nervous system.  This drug destroys brain cells by depleting the necessary water to sustain and hydrate these delicate tissues and cells.   
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Heavy drinking also has a negative effect on the health of the kidneys.  It can cause [[vitamin]] deficiencies, memory problems, liver disease, heart failure, stomach and esophageal ulcers, skin problems and sexual dysfunction.
 
Heavy drinking also has a negative effect on the health of the kidneys.  It can cause [[vitamin]] deficiencies, memory problems, liver disease, heart failure, stomach and esophageal ulcers, skin problems and sexual dysfunction.
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== Beneficial Nutrients ==
 
== Beneficial Nutrients ==
 
  
 
There are many vitamins and nutrients in the body that are destroyed when alcohol intake is excessive.  Below is a listing of supplements that help the body and brain recover from alcoholism.
 
There are many vitamins and nutrients in the body that are destroyed when alcohol intake is excessive.  Below is a listing of supplements that help the body and brain recover from alcoholism.
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* Probiotics
 
* Probiotics
 
* L-Glutamine (amino acid for cravings)
 
* L-Glutamine (amino acid for cravings)
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== Helpful Herbs ==
 
== Helpful Herbs ==
  
 
Here is a listing of herbs that are useful in the treatment of alcoholism.
 
Here is a listing of herbs that are useful in the treatment of alcoholism.
 
  
 
* Alfalfa
 
* Alfalfa
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* [[Skullcap]]
 
* [[Skullcap]]
 
* [[Milk Thistle]]
 
* [[Milk Thistle]]
 
  
  
 
== Related Discussions ==
 
== Related Discussions ==
 
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/other-diseases/2944-probiotics-may-benefit-alcoholic-liver.html Probiotics May Benefit Alcoholic Liver]
 
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/other-diseases/2517-magensium-may-benefit-livers-alcoholics.html Magensium May Benefit Livers of Alcoholics]
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/diet-exercise/19577-herbal-suggestions-appetite-issues.html Herbal Suggestions for Appetite Issues]
  
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
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* [http://www.healthyfellow.com/597/addiction-alternatives/ Addiction Alternatives]
 
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* [http://www.healthyfellow.com/691/best-of-natural-liver-protection/ Best Of Natural Liver Protection]
  
 
[[Category: Conditions and Diseases]]
 
[[Category: Conditions and Diseases]]

Revision as of 04:43, 11 December 2010

Alcoholism


Description

Alcoholism is a dependence on or addiction to alcohol. Signs of this condition are habitual intoxication and prolonged or excessive alcohol consumption leading to a breakdown in health. Those with this addiction will often show symptoms of withdrawal when deprived of alcoholic beverages.


Effects

Alcohol is considered a drug, and prolonged dependence on it may result in severe problems with the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract as well as mental and emotional disorders. Deficiencies of many nutrients occur in alcoholics because the alcohol itself satisfies the body's caloric needs.

As the alcohol enters the bloodstream directly through the walls of the stomach, it begins to act upon the central nervous system. This drug destroys brain cells by depleting the necessary water to sustain and hydrate these delicate tissues and cells.

The liver works to neutralize and break down the alcohol, and is often times overworked, and is not able to perform its function when alcohol abuse is practiced. This organ itself becomes fatty, the cells die-off and are replaced with scar tissue, creating a condition known as cirrhosis of the liver.

Heavy drinking also has a negative effect on the health of the kidneys. It can cause vitamin deficiencies, memory problems, liver disease, heart failure, stomach and esophageal ulcers, skin problems and sexual dysfunction.


Beneficial Nutrients

There are many vitamins and nutrients in the body that are destroyed when alcohol intake is excessive. Below is a listing of supplements that help the body and brain recover from alcoholism.


Helpful Herbs

Here is a listing of herbs that are useful in the treatment of alcoholism.


Related Discussions


External Links