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Alcoholism – What is it? Learn about an Alcohol
Alcohol is a compound featuring carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, which is produced when glucose is fermented by yeast. The alcohol content of a specific drink is controlled by the amount of yeast and the time of fermentation. Fruits are said to make wines and ciders, while cereals such as barley and rye form the basis of beers and spirits.
Alcohol is a drug that, it is reported, has the immediate effect of changing the mood. Although drinking makes people feel relaxed, happier and even euphoric, alcohol is a depressant. As such, it is reported that it switches off the section of the brain that controls judgment, resulting in loss of inhibitions. As most people are aware, alcohol also affects physical coordination.
The more alcohol drank the higher the likely effect. Speech frequently becomes slurred, vision becomes blurred, balance is lost and movements are clumsy. Apart from cases of extreme intoxication, however, these effects are short-term. The liver breaks down and gets rid of the alcohol from the body, it is said to take it around an hour to deal with one unit.
Alcohol may result in a wide range of illnesses, such as the higher risks of mouth, pharyngeal and oesophageal cancers (this risk being highly increased if combined with smoking).
It has been said that conditions like a rise in blood pressure, gastrointestinal complications such as gastritis, ulcers, and liver disease, along with the depletion of specific vitamins and minerals may all be triggered by alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption may sometimes have detrimental social and psychological consequences.
Alcohol has often been commented as a source of ’empty calories’, meaning it has no nutritive value other than providing energy. However, some alcoholic drinks feature sugars and traces of vitamins and minerals, although not commonly in amounts that make any significant contribution to the diet.
Supplements that are considered useful for alcoholism
– Vitamin C supplements are viewed as useful as they are thought to help in clearing alcohol from the tissues and decrease mild withdrawal symptoms.
– The herb MILK THISTLE is reported to be useful as it may help in boosting the liver, which is believed to help the body get rid of toxins.
– Taking extracts from the KUDUZ vine has been related to reduced cravings for alcohol.
– Evening Primrose Oil is thought useful as it provides gamma-linolenic acid which stimulates the production of the brain chemical named prostaglandin E, which is reported to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as depression, and may protect the liver and nervous system.