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Nutritional Deficiencies Caused by Alcoholism
It is common for those seeking treatment for an alcohol use disorder to arrive at rehab with serious health issues. These are the result of the harm to body systems due to the chronic misuse of alcohol. It is also due to ignoring one’s dietary needs.
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The body uses a certain amount of nutrients just to break down the alcohol. If the body’s supply of these nutrients is not replaced through diet, the body cells become deprived of needed nutrients.
Also, alcohol blocks the breakdown of nutrients as the pancreas becomes less efficient. As a result of these issues, body functions and health suffer.
Heavy drinking is associated with many deficiencies, such as:
- Vitamin A, D, and E deficiency. This can happen because alcohol doesn’t allow the body to absorb these vitamins.
- B vitamins
- Thiamine. Thiamine deficiency can lead to a brain disorder called Wernick-Korsakoff.
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Signs of an Alcohol Use Disorder
While there are three levels of severity for alcohol use disorder, many of these warning signs are fundamental across all levels:
Getting Help for Alcoholism
Treatment for alcohol abuse is centered on making real changes in the way you respond to stressors or triggers. To achieve these changes, there are some treatment elements that are designed to work to this end. These include:
Restoring Health in Recovery
Restoring health and wellness is essential for recovery to be a success. The malnourished brain and body need to be cared for through a healthy diet, regular workouts, and getting good sleep.