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Alcohol Addiction Tips

Does Alcohol Really Help in Losing Weight?

Diet Clinic 91% (1575 ratings)
B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Does Alcohol Really Help in Losing Weight?

While it is common news that alcohol consumption leads to weight gain, recent studies have made a startling discovery, wherein long term moderate drinkers have shown symptoms of maintaining an optimal weight, even losing excess fat more than those who abstain from drinking at all. While harder alcoholic drinks are more likely to affect the liver and hence the level of fat in the body, weight gain because of alcohol is also dependent on a number of other factors like how often you drink or how much you drink in one session. This is compounded by each individual's capability to metabolize the alcohol, or work it off.

It is important to know how many calories your drink accounts for:

  1. Tequila, whiskey, rum and their other variations have more or less the same amount of calories.
  2. Beer constitutes a little more calorific value than those mentioned above, while wine and champagne have the least amount of calories among proper alcoholic drinks. This is why wine should be the preferred drink for those more susceptible to weight gain.
  3. Cocktails like margaritas or pina coladas have at least four times the number of calories than unmixed drinks. So, one must proceed with caution while ordering endless free cocktails at a party.
  4. If cocktails are your thing, opt for a Bloody Mary, it has lesser calories. People more prone to consume a high calorie diet on a regular basis, or are already overweight, tend to put on more weight even after moderate alcohol consumption.]
  5. Also remember that drinking small amounts frequently leads to weight loss rather than the misconception of drinking copious amounts at long intervals.
  6. Doctors even prescribe a daily glass of wine with and after dinner nowadays. Studies stipulated the optimal number of drinks per week to four, maximum five.
  7. One drink per day in case of women, and two for men is a good regimen to get you started with losing weight through alcohol consumption.
  8. You must also be careful about the food you accompany your drinks with; make sure their high calorie value does not unsettle the entire process.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

Hypoglycemia - Can It Be Prevented?

Dr. Deep Dutta 89% (518 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, DNB Endocrinology, MNAMS, Speciality Certificate (Endo. & Diab.) (MRCP, UK), Fellow of American College of Endocrinology (FACE)
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Hypoglycemia - Can It Be Prevented?

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the sugar level in the blood falls drastically due to some external factors. This is generally seen in people suffering from diabetes but may also be experienced by otherwise healthy individuals as well. Here is all that you need to know about the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment of hypoglycemia.

Causes of Hypoglycemia
There are many reasons that can lead to the drastic fall of blood sugar level. In people with diabetes, hypoglycemia may be caused due to excess insulin shots. This can reduce the blood sugar levels far below normal. The same can also occur due to an excessive restriction of glucose in diet and exercise.
Hypoglycemia may also be caused in individuals without diabetes. Excessive alcohol consumption, liver disorders and some medications can be the other reasons behind hypoglycemia among these people.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Symptoms of hypoglycemia may vary from one person to the other. Generally, heart palpitation, shakiness, sweating, excessive hunger, anxiety and irritability are the most common symptoms related to hypoglycemia. However, if the condition is not rectified immediately, the same may deteriorate and lead to severe conditions.
With the worsening of the condition, the symptoms may include seizure, blurred vision, loss of consciousness and general confusion. Sometimes, people with chronic hypoglycemia, act as if they are under the influence of alcohol; they tend to talk with slurring speech and move clumsily.

Prevention for Hypoglycemia
If you suffer from diabetes, ensure that you strictly follow the diet that the doctor has chalked up. This will ensure that the blood glucose levels are maintained. Diabetes patients are also advised to carry something sweet and edible with them at all times. If they feel the onset of hypoglycemia, they can quickly ingest this item to maintain the sugar level.
If you do not have diabetes and yet are suffering from hypoglycemia, make sure that your stomach is never completely empty. This means that you have to eat meals in smaller proportions more frequently.

Treatment for hypoglycemia
There is no separate treatment course that needs to be followed in order to treat hypoglycemia. The best way to treat the disorder is to maintain a diet with enough glucose, so that the body can maintain its regular sugar level and perform all the regular activities. Doctors may sometimes rectify the dosage of insulin if hypoglycemia tends to be a recurring condition in diabetic patients. The intake of any food item having a high concentration of glucose is effective during a hypoglycemic episode.

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Suffering From PMT? Don't Suffer In Silence.

Dr. Parimalam Ramanathan 89% (45 ratings)
CCT, DMAS, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DNB, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Chennai
Suffering From PMT? Don't Suffer In Silence.

What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? In layman's language, it is that time of the month you don't really want to unnecessarily bother a woman or you might have to face the brunt of an emotional outburst. In medical terms, it is a combination of emotional, physical, psychological changes that occur in a woman after ovulation and culminates with the ending of her menstrual flow. The most common mood-related symptoms are irritability, depression, crying, oversensitivity, and mood swings. The most common physical symptoms are fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness, acne, and appetite changes with food cravings. In severe cases, anger, irritability, anxiety and tension leads to loss of the functioning ability of a woman. If you've been there or are suffering, you are not alone. There are scores of women around the world who experience these symptoms. Here are ways to minimize and get rid of PMS:

  1. Control PMS with diet changes: Certain food types in general are not a healthy choice but can cause more harm than good during PMS. Depending on what factor affects you the most, cut down on these types of food. As always, eating more fruits veggies and grains at the right time can keep you healthy and prepared for those dreaded days.
    • Salt: Excess salt can lead to bloating.
    • Caffeine: Can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness and irritability
    • Alcohol: The concoction for depression
    • Sugar: Can cause mood swings
  2. Exercise: Exercise is a mood lifter. It gets you into shape, adds to your stamina and slowly but steadily boosts your confidence to become slimmer, stronger, and fitter. The trick is to pick up on an exercise you love. Hit the road and run free with your thoughts or turn on the music and dance with aerobics.
  3. Stock up on the vitamins: Hormonal imbalances are the primary cause behind PMS. Though it is not proven, stocking up on some essential vitamins like calcium, potassium and minerals can give you more strength to fight the symptoms.
  4. Herbal remedies: They've been around for hundreds of years and you are likely to have an aunt or grandma swear by one of these cures. From ginger to primrose oil, these cures can balance your hormonal activity in a natural way. You will need to experiment to see what really suits your need.
  5. Take a break: No matter what physical or emotional manifestation you suffer, it can double up because of stress and lack of sleep. Knowing your 'off' days, its best you find a way to take some time off for yourself at a spa or try meditation and deep breathing. Do what you love to do to keep your mind calm and clear. Listen to music, take a walk with your dog or simply read a good book.

To start with, change your diet, take a few supplements and herbs, and start exercising, and you should see the change in the first few cycles itself. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Alcohol Addiction - Effective Ways To Overcome It Naturally!

Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari 86% (10 ratings)
DNB, Diploma In Psychological Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Alcohol Addiction - Effective Ways To Overcome It Naturally!

Addiction of any kind is bad; alcohol addiction is dangerous due to the adverse effects it can bring to a person. From an increased risk of cancer to lowered immunity levels, eye-linked disorders, neurological issues, diabetes, heart-linked troubles, and liver issues, the problems that may occur are manifold.

Thousands are affected by alcoholism. This addiction is not biased, it affects people from all walks of life. Alcohol is a highly addictive substance that can take control of your life, for some never letting go and causing them to suffer through the most intolerable effects and in time making them hit rock bottom, or worse, breaking down to its effects.

Normally, specialized treatments are required for overcoming the urges to drink in excess. Also, the patients need help from their family members and family as part of their recovery measures. Nevertheless, there are various some natural treatments that are known to be effective in controlling a person’s addiction to alcohol as seen in the following details.

  1. Physical activities: There are various advantages of maintaining a daily exercise regime. It helps to reduce stress, enhance sleep patterns, uplift the mood, counter depression, and improve overall well-being. Alcohol addicts can benefit by performing exercises such as walking, cycling, running, aerobic workouts, and jogging.
  2. Acupuncture techniques: A type of Chinese medicine, acupuncture can effectively counter the two main reasons for alcohol addiction including depression and anxiety. You can visit an acupuncture professional; these experts will apply pressure on the ear joints and can help in controlling your urges to consume alcohol.
  3. Balanced diet: Consuming a nutritious diet is important to reduce your alcohol intake. You should consume foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals for strengthening the body and raising its ability to fight disorders. Adequate nutrition to the body also helps in overcoming the ill-effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Some nutrient-dense foods that should be added to your daily diet are fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fibre-rich food groups, foods coming under the category of complex carbohydrates, vitamin-C foods, foods containing amino acids, and vitamin-B12 sources.
  4. Eating grapes: Grapes serve as an effective home remedy for controlling the tendency to drink excessively because they contain natural alcohol-producing agents. Additionally, they contain potassium and can create a healthy fluid balance within the body. These fruits can also effectively flush the toxins from the liver and reduce your risk of cancer. Therefore, replace your alcoholic drinks with a cup of grape juice for exploiting its varied health benefits.
  5. Celery: Celery juice is also found to helps people to get rid of the addiction. You should mix the juice with water and consume the preparation on a daily basis for enjoying its goodness.
  6. Other remedies: There are several other natural cures for reducing your craving for alcoholic beverages. These include the use of licorice root, dandelion herb, coconut oil, fruit juices, skullcap, ginseng, milk thistle, almonds, evening primrose herbal remedies, and salami. Last but not least, you must have the desire to get rid of the habit. Never give in to the temptation of drinking excessively. Moreover, you should practice healthy lifestyle habits such as getting adequate sleep, consuming nutritious foods, and exercising on a regular basis.

You don’t need to find your calling overnight, but day by day – work on building a life that you want to live. Meaning can come from religion, spirituality, helping others, family, the pursuit of knowledge, or even just the pursuit of new experiences. Set goals and go out and make them a reality.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Alcohol And Nicotine De-Addiction - How Ayurveda Can Help?

Dr. Arun Desai 90% (316 ratings)
BAMS, M.D.Alternative Medicines
Ayurveda, Belgaum
Alcohol And Nicotine De-Addiction - How Ayurveda Can Help?

What happens when you are addicted to a chemical substance? You lose control of your life. It doesn’t matter what you are addicted to alcohol, nicotine or drugs the effects are the same. It is usually not easy to get rid of an alcohol and/or nicotine addiction. Most people find it difficult to give up these substances even after years in de-addiction therapy. Hence, it’s prudent to let Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing handhold us in getting rid of addictions. 

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Perhaps this list of ingredients that are found in cigarettes is enough to make you want to quit smoking for good! - Lowell Kleinman, M.D., and Deborah Messina-Kleinman, M.P.H?

Addiction - The Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda considers alcohol and nicotine consumed in large quantities as ‘Visha’ or toxic. According to Ayurveda, alcohol has the following properties-

  1. Light or Laghu
  2. Hot or Ushna
  3. Sharp or Tikshna
  4. Drying or Visada
  5. Rough or Ruksha
  6. Expensive or Vikaasa
  7. Swift or Aasuga
  8. Sour or Amla
  9. Subtle or Sookshma

These properties are all opposite to the qualities that ojas possesses. Ojas has all life-giving properties and alcohol and nicotine have life-negating qualities.

Why do humans get addicted to alcohol and nicotine?
Human brain produces Dopamine normally and what alcohol does is to activate the nervous system to promote dopamine formation. The brain thus remembers the taste of alcohol and nicotine by creating special cells called receptor cells. As a person increases the quantity of alcohol, these cells also increase in numbers. When the person wants to give up his addictions these receptor cells agitate and create withdrawal symptoms with unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.

De-addiction - Ayurveda Way
De-addiction treatments in Ayurveda comprise the following:

  1. Purification therapies or Panchkarma: These are used for getting rid of all toxins present in the patient’s body. These must always be done under the supervision of an ayurvedacharya as they are quite potent. After Panchakarma, the patient is given vomiting therapy or Vamana, followed by purgative therapy or Virechana, Basti or enema therapy and administration of Nasya or nasal drops therapy. All these help in detoxifying the body and mind and prepare the patient for further de-addiction ayurvedic treatments like Rasayana therapies which nourish and strengthen the body after Panchkarma. For treatment of addictions, Rasayana treatments include changes in diet and use of oral herbal medicines both.
  2. Herbal medicines used in de-addiction: A range of herbal medicines and their combinations are used in the treatment of addictive problems in Ayurveda and these are to be consumed orally. Ayurveda prescribes Chamomile and Ashwagandha in combination to heal the lungs. These help in cleansing lungs of smoke- related problems. Doctors also prescribe congestion relieving herbs like ginger and pepper mixed with honey or lemon. 

In addition, herbs to improve memory, concentration and to fight depression are also given. These are:

  1. Shankhpushpi
  2. Kanphool or dandelion
  3. Brahmi
  4. Ashwagandha

In addition, herbs to treat sleep disturbances like Jatamansi, Sarpgandha, Brahmi and Jaiphal are also prescribed. Since most addicts have impaired liver function, herbs that improve liver function like Aloe Vera, Punarnava, Long pepper, Kutki, Tulsi are given to revive the liver.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Alcohol Problem - How To Help When Someone Is Suffering From It?

Certified Course In Child Psychiatry, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Alcohol Problem - How To Help When Someone Is Suffering From It?

Do you worry about your friend or relative’s drinking habits? You are not alone. There are people who struggle for years with the same question - How can I tell if the person I love is an alcoholic or not?
Well, the good news is that you don’t need to be a medical professional to figure out the right answer to this vital question. Read on to find simple ways to know whether your loved one suffers from alcohol addiction.

First up is a short quiz about drinking habits, developed by Dr. John Ewing to identify alcohol addiction. Treat this as a pointer and take your loved one to an expert, if it points towards alcohol addiction. You can ask these questions directly to your loved one, or you can answer these questions on their behalf.

According to the developers, one "yes" to the four quiz questions signals a problem, and more than one “yes” means that it's time for you or your loved one to get professional help.

  1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?”

There are many signs of a serious drinking problem. These include certain behaviours such as:

  1. Drinking just for getting drunk
  2. Drinking alone
  3. Keeping alcohol consumption a secret
  4. Drinking to escape problems
  5. Hiding alcohol bottles
  6. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms like getting irritated or experiencing nervousness, nausea, getting shakes, breaking out into a cold sweat, and getting hallucinations when unable to source alcohol
  7. Having problems at work, school, or home, as a result of alcohol consumption
  8. Losing interest in activities you or your friend used to enjoy
  9. Having blackouts due to heavy drinking
  10. Anger and extreme irritation

Other extreme behaviors to watch out for are:

  1. Being able to drink an awful lot of alcohol
  2. Trouble stopping once your loved one starts drinking
  3. A powerful urge to drink

There is another scientific way to determine, if your loved one is an alcoholic. In the US, medical professionals commonly use a criteria, listed in the fourth edition of the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’. According to it, the signs and symptoms of alcoholism are clearly laid down and it states that alcohol dependent people:

  1. Will drink more to get their desired effect from alcohol
  2. Experience withdrawal symptoms when the effect of alcohol wears off
  3. Drink larger amounts of alcohol over a longer period of time
  4. Will be unable to consistently control their drinking
  5. Will leave important work for drinking
  6. Will spend a lot of time during the day getting alcohol, drinking it, and recovering from hangovers.
  7. Continue to use alcohol, despite knowing that their chronic physical or psychological problem is caused due to alcohol.
  8. To be declared alcohol-dependent, your loved one must experience at least three of these criteria during a year.

However, there is still no one definite test to diagnose alcohol-use disorders. Therefore, professionals diagnose them by making use of the patient’s comprehensive medical, family, and mental-health information.

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Immune System Is The Body s Defense Mechanism

Dr. Unnikrishnan 89% (66 ratings)
BHMS, MPH(Public Health), CNCC
Homeopath, Pathanamthitta
Immune System Is The Body s Defense Mechanism

Ever wondered why some people fall ill more often than others? part of the reason is a poor immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against all types of infections. There are a number of ways to strengthen one’s immune system. Here are 10 tips that could help:

  • Eat probiotics: Contrary to popular belief, not all bacteria are bad. 80% of the immune system is in the gut. Keeping gut bacteria healthy can help boost the immune system. An easy way to do this is to have probiotics regularly. This could be in the form of probiotic supplements or probiotic food like curd.
  • Eat enough: Many people cut back on the food being eaten in an effort to lose weight. While a low calorific intake can help you lose weight, this is not good weight loss. Not eating enough can reduce your energy levels and keep antibodies from reaching all the parts of the body.
  • Sleep well: 8-10 hours of sleep every night is essential for a good immune system. This helps the body rejuvenate itself and improves the immune system’s ability to fight against infections.
  • Drink some soup: Stock or broth made from animal bones can act as great sources of glutamine. This amino acid powers the immune system. Glutamine is also available in the form of supplemental tablets and powders.
  • Get some sun: Exposing the body to sun light is the easiest way to replenish vitamin d levels. Another way to get your daily amount of vitamin d is through cod liver oil capsules.
  • Drink plenty of water: Water not only helps hydrate the body, it also flushes toxins form the body. Ideally, one should drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  • Quit sugar: Sugar increases the calorific intake but provides no nourishment. For this reason, these calories are also known as empty calories. Quitting sugar can help improve your overall health and boost the immune system.
  • Quit alcohol: Like sugar, alcohol does not provide any nourishment to the body. Instead, it impairs the immune system’s ability to function and increases the risk of infections. Hence, it is best to quit alcohol.
  • Use herbs and spices: Herbs and spices in your kitchen not only add flavour to your food but can also help strengthen the immune system. The most important herbs for the immune system include garlic, ginger, pepper and onions.
  • Exercise: Lastly, exercise regularly. Exercise has many benefits including weight management, improved blood circulation and better immunity. If you do not have the time for an extensive workout, try incorporating exercise into your daily routine. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
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Strategies To Help You Dealing With An Alcoholic Spouse!

Dr. Neeraj Raj B 85% (19 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Strategies To Help You Dealing With An Alcoholic Spouse!

Addiction can tear families apart, especially if it is someone whom you love with your whole heart. Further, the mere presence of alcohol addiction in a marriage can make things even worse. There are so many experiences that are a part of married life and spending your life besides an alcoholic can be traumatic.

However, all it needs is to be aware of coping mechanisms to deal with such a situation and helping your partner get rid of their addiction.

  1. Acknowledge the fact that alcoholism is a disease: You must understand that it becomes extremely difficult for a person to control his or her drinking habit after getting addicted to the same. It is basically like a person suffering from a disease that he/she doesn't even understand. Therefore, it is necessary for you to help him/her making a choice to recover from this disease and take a stand against alcoholism. And, to get over the situation, support from you is crucial.
  2. Maintain a sense of peaceIt is not surprising that the drinking habit of your partner may upset you. Even then, it is imperative for you to be patient and handle the situation calmly. You can speak to someone close to you or consult a therapist regarding the situation, this can help you manage the frustration rather than venting it out on your partner.
  3. Treat yourself better: There is nothing that you can do to change the lifestyle of your spouse when it involves drinking. It is a kind of attitude that actually needs to come from within him or her. But, what you can actually do is at least take care of yourself, which will help you in the longer run. Build and develop relationships with other people in your family, friends and colleagues. Focus on the things that you enjoy doing such as play some sports, go out for a movie, have lunch with friends, or engage in a hobby.
  4. Opting for professional help: Rehabilitation is necessary when your spouse is addicted to alcohol for a long time. It is important that you discuss the same with your partner when they are sober. If it is difficult for you to have this discussion, you can ask for help from people that your partner may listen to. Taking counselling session with them can give them support and courage they need to get deal with this phase of their life.

Living with an alcoholic partner is a path filled with full of difficulties. However, adhering to the points mentioned above can help you deal with the situation in a positive manner. Remember, your spouse needs you from time to time, and supporting them can help you get a life that you signed up for.

Alcohol - How Over Consumption Affects Your Mind & Body?

Dr. Bharat Sarode 88% (10 ratings)
Diploma In Psychological Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Pune
Alcohol - How Over Consumption Affects Your Mind & Body?

Alcohol addiction commonly known as alcoholism is a fairly common problem that has shown to affect people from every walk of life. Scientists have tried to pinpoint the absolute cause behind alcoholism, but to no success. Certain factors like sex, genetic, and socioeconomic factors have shown to have some effect on alcoholism. The cause of alcoholism is never singular. Alcohol addiction is indeed a disease, where a person may not have full control over his actions and is seen to change the neurochemistry of the brain.

The symptoms of alcohol addiction can be seen in many ways and the severity of the situation varies from person to person. Other factors such as the frequency of consumption may also be specific. While some people are heavy drinkers and drink throughout the day; others may drink occasionally and remain sober for a few days.

A person who is dependent on alcohol will prioritise drinking over other essential activities and will eventually cause disruption in his social life, work or other areas of his life. It can also create a negative effect in the victim’s life along with their families and their near and dear ones.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse?
The signs and symptoms of alcoholism or addiction are rather conspicuous. Since drinking alcohol is common in social events in most cultures around the world, it becomes difficult to recognise when someone is addicted to alcohol, unlike drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The physical signs of alcohol abuse include:

  1. Loss of control over the quantity of alcohol consumed.
  2. Lack of adequate sleep, followed by overcompensation for sleep.
  3. Expression of anger and other negative behaviours my increase in inappropriate places and situations.
  4. Lack of proper attention towards the priorities in life.

How does alcohol affect the body?
Chronic abuse of alcohol can have negative effects on almost every part of your body and plays havoc in your system. Alcohol is liable to cause irreversible damage to several organs of the body which is vital for sustenance:

  • Nervous system
  • Stomach or Intestines
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Brain

Alcoholism in itself can lead to several diseases like:

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Can Help With Alcohol Addiction?

MD - Panchakarma, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
How Ayurveda Can Help With Alcohol Addiction?

Ayurveda is a system of medicine that originated from the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the alternative therapies of medicine. It is also the world’s oldest form of medicine.

What is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction is defined as a chronic disease in which individuals drink alcohol in excessive amounts for longer periods, thereby creating a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol.

Statistics of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is banned in some parts of India, such as Manipur and Gujarat. Around 62.5 million people are believed to drink alcohol in India. Alcohol consumption is widespread in Western countries.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
The patient may experience the following symptoms:

  1. An inability to stop drinking (once drinking begins)
  2. Physical discomfort on withdrawal (when not drinking)
  3. Extreme agitation or anxiety
  4. “Blacking Out” Regularly
  5. Neglecting Your Responsibilities
  6. Persistent insomnia
  7. Nausea or vomiting
  8. Seizures
  9. Hallucinations

Role of Ayurveda in the Management of Alcohol Addiction
Ayurveda believes that people who are addicted to alcohol are trying to escape their problem and inner tension caused by emotional stress. The effects of these intoxicating substances alter the balance of the mental health, and patients start believing that they are being helped, but they are creating further imbalances in the body. Ayurveda aims to restore all the imbalances that have been created. It also improves the individual’s ability to deal better with stress.

If the patients can learn to manage their stress, they can stop resisting themselves from abusing it, and the need to abuse alcohol will cease. The regular practice of yoga postures can improve health and help people to deal better with stress.

In this system of medicine, the patient is asked for the details of the disease, a full picture of the patient’s lifestyle, diet, physical fitness, emotional level, and the current health situation. It also includes a complete examination of the patient and an examination of the pulse and patient’s vital parameters. Other factors, such as the appearance of the skin and eyes, will also be carefully recorded.

After completing this full assessment, the conclusion will be made. Depending upon the analysis and evaluation, the appropriate treatment will be given.

Meditation is the best way for the people who are trying to get out from an addiction. It not only helps them deal with emotional stress but also increases their ability to manage the stress factors that occur in life. Overcoming an addiction is very difficult. If an individual stops alcohol consumption abruptly, he/she may experience withdrawal symptoms, and these symptoms can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult the doctor before taking any such step.

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