Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Alcoholism and Vitamins and Milk Thistle

Of course vitamins don't stop you being or becoming an alcoholic. Rather alcoholism and vitamins go together in a negative way. You don't get enough vitamins when you're an alcoholic and that is why Jane, my partner, has a stack of vitamins that she is taking on a daily basis; before the next 7 day binge :-)

When she is not drinking she'll eat OK but too little (in my opinion). When I wasn't living with her she would tend to lose weight and become very thin (below 8 stones for a 5 foot 6 inch tall women). When she goes on a binge she eats very badly indeed, normally eating biscuits, nuts and drinking lots of high carbohydrate drinks as the neat Vodka makes her thirsty as hell (dehydrating her badly).

Her main source of food when she is on a binge drink is the calories in the alcohol (empty calories). On some occasions in the past, less so now, she would become skeletal after a binge and it would take months to get the weight back as she eats so little.

She takes multivitamins, Antabuse, Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum (Evidence exists that milk thistle may be hepatoprotective), omega type oils (for joints) and various other drugs such as Amytripyline and Prozac.

The Amytripyline helps with anxiety and helps her to sleep. The Prozac of course is meant to help with depression, but she says it doesn't help but still takes it as a kind of crutch it seems to me.

So, it pays to take vitamins as a supplement to your diet as an alcoholic as your normal diet will not be good particularly if you are drinking daily as opposed to Jane who binge drinks.

Alcohol is a poison to the body and damages it. Add to that the lack of nutrition that an alcoholic will suffer from and the combination is noticeable in ill health.

Jane is in hospital about half a dozen times per year or more for ill health directly related to alcoholism. This could be for example pancreatitis, stomach complaints or other unspecified illnesses.

Research indicates that alcohol interferes with the use of vitamin C and E and Selenium in the body. These antioxidants protect the body's healthy molecules against damage from unstable molecules.

I think alcohol gradually breaks down the body until it kills you. Look at George Best. He finally got ill one more time and the body couldn't be repaired. Bona Fide alcoholics loook frail and broken down. Maybe the unstable molecules have damaged the healthy cells to such an extent that there is no repairing them.

Photo of Milk Thistle courtesy Wikipedia (creative commons)
Source: MotherNature.com and mainly my personal experience.

4 comments:

  1. I found your website by googling Milk Thistle. I found it in the medicine cabinet this morning. My husband is an alcoholic and I was just wondering what it was used for.
    As for publishing your website - I say go for it. Our significant others handle their problems their way - with the bottle. Who is to say that you can't handle your issues annonymously over the web?

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  3. Hi. nice blog.Hopefully, this does not come across as spam, but rather a heartfelt reach out to the thousands of addicts/alcoholics who struggle every year with relapse and depression, which has become all too common within the recovery movement. With some hard work and self-discipline, using the program mentioned above, I feel no one ever has to relapse again.please advice them to take a drug treament program.

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  4. Milk thistle and other supplements like
    Liv 52 help liver function
    along with a large intake of water.

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I'd like to hear the experiences of both alcoholics and the victims of alcoholics, please.