Symptoms of Alcoholism

Alcohol passes through the digestive system after it is consumed, but unlike other beverages it is not digested. Ethyl alcohol, the intoxicating component of all alcoholic drinks, is absorbed into the bloodstream which enables it to reach other organs of the body. Ethyl alcohol suppresses the nervous system and inhibits its proper functioning. Therefore, symptoms of Alcoholism affect brain activities. Some initial signs of alcoholism and general signs that indicate that someone has consumed an excessive amount of alcohol are:

Red bloodshot eyes Inability to make adequate decisions    
Puffy or swollen face Tendency to hide things    
High pulse rate Confusion    
Irritable behavior        
Sleeplessness Stomach problems Convulsions
Mistrusting behavior Acute vitamin deficiency Weak feeling
Constant fatigue Loss of interest in daily activities Loss of sense of self
Vomiting Hallucinations Withdrawal from others
Weight gain Seizures    

Further complications that result from alcoholism are heart problems, memory loss, increased probability of cancer development, premature graying of hair, hair loss, trembling limbs and tongue, weakening of the eyesight, declining libido, and pancreatis, which is the inflammation of the pancreas that results in abdominal pain. The liver becomes the most damaged organ resulting from the excessive consumption of alcohol. The long-term use of alcohol causes cirrhosis, or irreversible scarring of the liver, which restricts its ability to function normally. Most alcoholics suffer from a premature death because of excessive liver damage

Natural Cures

Hindering the intake of alcohol is very difficult because alcoholism is an addiction. In addition to effective treatment it requires strong determination, perseverance, and a good family system to successfully become sober. Complete abstinence is often considered the best strategy while a healthy diet with considerate exercise, yoga, meditation and outdoor activities also works wonders.

There are some natural home remedies that aid in coping with alcoholism and they are:

Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd)

Bitter Melon is available in most Asian and Indian groceries and is considered to be an excellent source of relief for alcoholism and the functioning of the liver. To utilize this remedy, finely grate a bitter gourd and extract approximately three teaspoons of its juice. Mix the juice with one glass of buttermilk and consume this mixture every morning for roughly one month.


Celery functions as an antidote to alcohol. To utilize celery for this purpose, extract approximately one half of a glass of juice from raw celery. Dilute the juice by adding one half of a glass of water. Consume this mixture for at least one month to obtain desirable effects.

Fruit Juices

Fresh fruit juices have the ability to hinder alcohol desires and to activate the process of cleansing out toxins from the body. The frequent consumption of small portions of healthy meals is also beneficial because this results in the body feeling satiated and energetic while also contributing to a reduction in alcohol craving. If desired, juices may be diluted with water or with one tablespoon of honey.


Apples have a positive effect in fighting intoxication that results from alcohol.

Healthy Diet

Following a healthy diet is imperative for improving the quality of life. Avoid food that is difficult to digest and food that contains a high amount of calories such as white rice, pasta made from refined flour, carbonated drinks, sugar and fatty cuts of meats. Instead consume large amounts of fruit juices, fresh vegetables, lean meats, cereals, whole grains, seeds, sprouts, nuts, minimally cooked preparations, yogurt and salads. These foods are easily digestible and are ideal for the body, and particularly the body that has experienced alcohol abuse.

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