Vitamins and Supplements
For The Alcoholic
Vitamins and Supplements may be beneficial to a person suffering from Alcoholism.
Alcoholism can cause the body to deplete nutrients that are necessary for the normal and healthy functioning of
Often times, alcoholics will have a vitamin deficiency especially the vitamins in the B complex category.
A person with this illness might be eating some of the best balanced meals yet end up with a vitamin
There is also an indication that people with a deficiency of vitamin B might be more susceptible to becoming
dependent on alcohol.
Alcoholics might need additional concentrations of vitamins that their food is most likely not going to provide
enough of and the vitamins and supplements that might need further replenishment are: * thiamin or B1 * folic acid
* zinc * phosphorus * calcium * magnesium * potassium * Vitamin E Now, the group of vitamins known as B complex
will be the best route for most people as it tends to be reasonable. It just makes sense to take the whole vitamin
B complex together.
The need to take B vitamins is increased when a person consumes a lot of alcohol or sugar. Furthermore, an
alcoholic beverage, typically supplies a person with no nutrition yet it is a simple carbohydrate which provides
energy and therefore acts a lot like sugar. Metabolizing these components increases a persons needs for
Some problems that can develop if a person becomes vitamin B deficient are: * Anemia * Brain damage due to
alcohol induced Korsakoff's syndrome which is a memory disorder Some of the benefits of taking the B complex of
vitamins are: * Helps with low blood sugar * Helps to calm a persons body down * can help with depression * can
help with the D.T.s While I have seemingly focused on Vitamin B complex, other nutrients - when supplied as an
additional supplement - might provide enhanced results.
These supplements are: * high potency multivitamin and multimineral supplement * vitamin c helps to neutralize
toxins * Chromium * Lecithin * L-Glutamine this is important as it can help reduce cravings for alcoholic beverages
Now that we have had a glimpse at what vitamins are needed in increased quantities for a person living with
alcoholism and that are beneficial in helping to restore deficiencies, lets look at what might prevent
Is it even possible that a vitamin could help to prevent Alcoholism? Lets just touch on this briefly.
It is not commonly known that B vitamins might help to reduce the craving for alcohol. But put another way, if a
person is deficient in The Vitamin B complex this might cause a person to have an increased craving for
As such, based on some studies there is a suggestion that a deficiency of Vitamin B might make you susceptible
to an unhealthy habit of drinking alcoholic beverages.
Did You Know
There are four general rules that are used by diagnosticians to determine alcohol
1. Recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role
obligations at work, school, home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work performance related to
substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions, or expulsions from school; neglect of
children or household)
2. Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
such as driving a car or operating machinery.
3. Recurrent substance related legal problems
4. Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or
interpersonal problems that are caused or made worse by the substance abuse.
So, you might say that the lack of enough B1 can cause alcohol consumption; or vitamin B1 deficiency can be a
consequence of drinking too much alcohol.
Well, as you can probably gather from this information vitamins can be a very big asset and a much needed
component in the diet for those who suffer from alcohol dependency.
It might even help to prevent someone from becoming dependent on alcohol.
There are many alternatives to alcohol that can actually help a person to
feel more creative, less stressed, more confident and even warm.
Exercise is one activity that can help relieve stress and help a person
deal with his or her problems.
By applying good eating habits and a good vitamin regimen bad drinking might be avoided.
Keep in mind that vitamins and nutritional therapy are important in the maintenance of an alcoholics system in
a major way.
So, be sure to take consultation with a nutritional support physician to help you with the treatment of