Diet Hints To Assist With
There are quite a few adjustments that can be made with regard to alcoholism and the diet when it comes to
trying to work through the affects of alcohol withdrawal.
There are some simple steps that can help make some long term gains. Also, there are some things that a person
should understand about alcohol withdrawal.
Lets have a look at alcohol withdrawal.
Withdrawal as relates to alcohol abuse is marked with symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, trembling or shaking,
various physical reactions and mental disturbances. This occurs when a person suddenly removes the daily habitual
intake of large amounts of alcohol that has been practiced for a long period of time.
The result is some major changes the body will go through as alcoholic dependency causes great changes to
chemical levels that affect the brain.
For example, an alcoholic has basically exposed his or her brain to a constant bombardment of sedation with each
and every drink. With this extended exposure to alcohol, the brain chemistry is altered to make up for the
It starts pumping out chemical relatives to adrenaline in quantities the body isnt meant to be exposed to on a
The Result? Well what do we have? A turbocharged brain that is sedated too. What a contrast. Now, take away the
sedative from that racing brain and what do you think will happen as it continues to pump out jet fuel? You get a
very stimulated excited brain.
Alcohol suddenly removed under these conditions causes reactions involving major over stimulation that is
actually harmful to the body and mind. But there are dietary changes and additions we can make to help the body
deal with the changes involved with alcohol withdrawal.
First thing is to remove the junk foods and drinks as well as, coffee and dairy related products. Many
alcoholics can stay sober easier if they eat whole foods, you know wholesome stuff, and vegetables and fruit in
This works best when the practice is maintained for an extended time. The vegetables and fruits with their
wholesome nutrients help repair the damage wreaked by the excessive and prolonged alcohol consumption.
These components in the diet also help to reduce cravings for alcohol. It is also necessary to provide some much
needed vitamin and mineral supplements to the regimen.
The Alcoholics body needs them to recover, needs them to repair, needs them to help stay away from future
There might also be other injuries and damage to the internal organs as a result of excessive consumption of
alcohol. Those that have ulcers should eat many small meals. Not only would they be doing as advised to treat the
ulcer but would have something more to distract them and to interest them.
You know, cooking several meals a day can take time and shift the direction of someones thoughts.
Consequently, they might think about something other than booze. Eating healthy again due to other concerns
about blood pressure or cholesterol might cause a person to remain home more and away from places where alcoholic
drinks are served.
Did You Know
For the alcoholic, quitting drinking is extremely difficult and something that
takes time, patience, and dedication.
Recovery is not a task that can be entered into lightly or without reservation. If
you don't have access to an AA support group then you have 3 other options.
You can use self-help books where the alcoholic is taking responsibility for his
own health. This can work well because once the person knows of the problem it becomes easier to
By putting together
their own plan of action and choosing his own techniques, the alcoholic takes an active role
in the recovery process.
The more common techniques include examining the individual’s need for alcohol,
decide whether to quit drinking altogether, or just to cut back, identify the reasons for quitting
drinking and sharing the recovery plan with others. These are just a few steps that can be involved
Another thing that someone with alcoholism can do to recover from it is to use a combination of
This could involve working on self-help issues, going to AA meetings and involving
other people in the process for support.
The benefit of this approach is that you can work on the issues behind the drinking
while at the same time developing some kind of accountability to others.
Plus you would be able to rely on support from people around you when you go
through the tough times.
Why? Because they have a strict altered diet to help counteract the high blood pressure or cholesterol levels
and such a person most likely wont find good food at a bar setting.
By making alterations to the eating pattern an alcoholic person might be able to get an edge on their long term
goals of being alcohol free by achieving more immediate results from new healthier eating.
Don’t be ashamed, don’t place blame, don’t ignore the problem, don’t try to solve the
problem alone, don’t try to reason with a drunk person, and don’t get
into the car with a driver who has been drinking
Alcoholism really hurts in many ways. Take a stand and fight the battle with vitamins, good food, and good
Change to a more healthy style of eating, and from there attempt to overcome the disease known as alcoholism.