Listed as one of the deadliest killer diseases of 20th century by WHO, Alcoholism has serious health implications. Severe cases of Alcoholism are also associated with social issues such as poverty, depression, crime and marital discord.
Alcohol is not found in nature but is prepared through process of controlled decomposition. Upon consumption, alcohol neither changes its form nor gets digested. It gets absorbed by the bloodstream directly and circulates in the entire body. It adversely affects liver and brain.
Symptoms of Alcoholism
- As per the definition of WHO, Alcoholics are excessive drinkers of alcohol such that they become dependent on it and show signs of mental disturbance and disturbance of their interpersonal relations.
- Delirium, Bloodshot eyes, Puffy Face, increased pulse rate, irritability, overly emotional self, disturbed sleep, impaired judgment, and vomiting are other symptoms.
Alcohol consumption interferes with vitamin absorption since vitamins get drained out of body during burning of alcohol in the body. Delirium, eye disorders, convulsions, neuritis and impaired memory are caused by vitamin deficiency arising out of alcohol consumption. Chronic alcoholism is also associated with mineral deficiency. Deficiency of minerals such as Magnesium causes perspiration, mental louding, tremors.
Excessive consumption of alcohol strains liver and destroys its functions. This often causes liver cirrhosis. It also impacts brain and heart.
Causes of Alcoholism
Excessive consumption of alcohol causes Alcoholism. While one person may become alcoholic rapidly, other may take years to become alcoholic. Some people use alcohol/ drugs to console themselves. People also drink in order to get accepted socially or for overcoming stress or inducing sleep. Such reasons make one dependant on alcohol. Everyone experiences stress during their lifetimes, but how one deal with it differentiates one from the other. Resorting to alcohol for dealing with life situations is the worst one could do to oneself.
Alcoholism Natural Treatment
- Most important step in quitting is your resolution to quit. Only person in between you and a good life without alcohol is you. Quitting alcohol is not a gradual process, one must quit in one go.
- An effective natural treatment of Alcoholism begins with preventing craving for alcohol by developing a nutritional adequacy in body. The patient must be put on a juice fast for ten days. While on juice fast, the patient may consume orange juice from morning 8 am to evening 8pm, every two hours. Warm water may be added to juice, if desired. Alternatively, vegetable juices may be consumed. Cleansing of bowels every day must be ensured through warm water enema, if needed. Usually patients on juice fast do not crave for alcohol for first ten days. After completion of ten day long fast, the patient must consume nutritious diet consisting of cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts and nuts. The patient must also be given a substitute drink for alcohol such as fresh juice with honey or a candy to counter craving for alcohol.
- During the treatment for alcoholism, the patient must avoid consuming food preparations made of refined items such as white flour, sugar, white rice etc. Patient must also avoid smoking as it may increase craving for alcohol. Raw Celery juice and apple are considered good during the treatment as former is an antidote to alcohol and latter reduces craving for alcohol.
- Certain asanas of Yoga are also helpful improving general health and are also effective during treatment for alcoholism:
- Anulom- Vilom
According to Dr. William B Terhune, Commandments are advisable for preventing alcoholism:
- Do not drink when you feel that you ‘need one’
- Take slow sips
- Pace your drinks such that there must be a 30 minute gap between first and second drink, and one hour gap between second and third drink.
- Maintain a record of drinks taken
- Never drink assuming that it would cure hangover
- Never drink for escaping a situation
- Do not drink on an empty stomach.