The term alcoholism is defined as chronic drinking that interferes with one’s personal, family, or professional life. While an occasional drink is not likely to be harmful
- Alcoholism can lead to malnutrition, not only because chronic drinkers tend to have poor diets, but also because alcohol alters digestion and metabolism of most nutrients.
- Severe thiamine deficiency is extremely common, as are deficiencies of folate, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and selenium.
- Because many alcoholics suffer a deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium, they are at risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
- Impaired liver and pancreatic function may result in faulty fat digestion.
- Since alcohol stimulates insulin production, glucose metabolism speeds up and can result in low blood sugar. And alcoholics are often overweight, due to calories in alcohol.
DIET AND SUPPLEMENTS HELP
- A diet addresses underlying problems; for example, an overweight person needs a diet that reverses nutritional deficiencies without additional weight gain.
- When alcohol gets processed in the liver, it produces highly toxic chemicals. These chemicals can injure the liver cells. This injury then leads to inflammation and alcoholic hepatitis.
- Alcohol detoxification involves taking a short course of a medicine which helps to prevent withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol.
VARIOUS FACTOR CAN FOSTER ALCOHOLISM
- Genetic predisposition learned behavior, and childhood experiences, including abuse, are all thought to foster alcoholism. Progression of these disease varies from one person to another.
- Some alcoholics are binge drinkers and can go for weeks or even months without alcohol.
- Chronic overuse of alcohol takes a heavy psychological and physical toll. Alcoholics do not intoxicated, but their ability to work and go about daily activities becomes increasingly impaired.