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Alcoholism Alcoholism

Alcoholism

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.

Symptoms

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 

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

Prevention

Better not to take alcohol at all, if you can. However, know limit for your body while taking it.

 

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Insert date: 2011.08.14 Last update: 2011.09.29

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