Alcoholism is also found to be called as "alcohol dependence syndrome," a disease that causes loss of control, frequent inability to stop drinking once a person has begun, physical dependence, the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking. These symptoms are usually relieved by drinking alcohol or by taking another sedative drug.
The chronic alcoholic, who would rather drink than eat, fails to get enough vitamins. The few vitamins acquired by the alcoholic are drained out of his body in the process of burning the alcohol. Vitamin deficiency can lead to delirium tremors, convulsions, neuritis, disorders of the eyes and impaired memory. Excessive drinking often causes premature greying of hair due to vitamin deficiency. Chronic alcoholism results in a depletion of minerals in the body, particularly magnesium. Its lack produces symptoms like tremor of the hands, feet and tongue, convulsions, mental clouding and perspiration.
Alcoholics have a puffy face with bloodshot eyes, a hoarse voice and a rapid pulse. They are
- Suspicious temperament;
- Being irritable and overemotional;
- Impaired judgement;
- Disturbed sleep.
Excessive drinking imposes a strain on the liver. It gradually destroys its functions and often causes cirrhosis of the liver. It also leads to disorders of the stomach and bowels. It can cause brain damage as brain cells are often affected by it. Alcohol also affects the heart, which becomes weak and flabby.
Popular treatments and recommendations
- Grapes - The most important home remedy for alcoholism is an exclusive diet, for a month or so, of grapes. Since this fruit contains the purest form of alcohol, it is an ideal yet healthy substitute for alcohol. Alcoholics should take three meals a day of fresh grapes at five-hourly intervals. The success of this treatment depends on the determination of the alcoholic to stop drinking.
- Apples - Apples are another effective remedy for alcoholism. A generous intake of apples helps remove intoxication and reduces the craving for wines and other intoxicating liquors.
- Dates - Dates are considered beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism. The patient should drink half a glass of water in which four or five dates have been rubbed together. This remedy should be taken twice daily for a month.
- Bitter Gourd - The juice of the leaves of bitter gourd is an antidote for alcohol intoxication. It is also useful for a liver damaged due to alcoholism. Three teaspoons of this juice, mixed with a glass of butter milk, should be taken every morning for a month.
- Celery - The juice of raw celery has also been found useful in alcoholism. It exercises a sobering effect on the patient and is an antidote to alcohol. Half a glass of celery juice mixed with an equal quantity of water should be taken once daily for a month.
Better not to take alcohol at all, if you can. However, know limit for your body while taking it.
Insert date: 2011.08.14 Last update: 2011.09.29