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Important Help For Drinkers

One glass, even two glasses, of wine or beer are often portrayed as not only safe, but possibly healthy and that there is only danger when the use of alcohol is excessive or abusive. However, it is more likely that there is no level of drinking that is without risk, and these risks begin to rise at relatively low levels of alcohol consumption.

The recommendation of no more than one alcoholic drink a day for a woman and two for men was originally intended to encourage those who drank more to cut back.

Unfortunately, this has tended to set up a norm and may also act as an encouragement to increase consumption for those who drink less or none at all. If alcohol is affecting you, your relationships or someone you care about, there is a hotline for problem drinkers where help may be found.

What are alcohol's effects on the body?

Alcohol has a major effect on the brain

Alcohol also has a major effect on vitamins and minerals

Alcohol:

What you can do to help

The most important thing that you can do is to avoid the use of alcoholic beverages. (see ...for tips on cutting out alcohol).

The following supplements will assist in restoring your body's nutrients:

These can be taken as a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.

The ranges given below are for one tablet and dosages could vary from one to six tablets per day.

The supplement should be free from yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, corn, soy, artificial colorants and preservatives.

Contents per tablet

Contents Per Tablet or Capsule
Nutrient Amount
Vitamin A 500-1200 IUs
Vitamin D3 20-100 IUs
Vitamin B1 2-10 mg
Vitamin B2 2-10 mg
Vitamin B6 2-15 mg
Vitamin B12 10-25 mcg
Vitamin C 25-150mg
Vitamin E d-Alpha 10-50 IUs
Biotin 20-50mcg
Calcium Pantothenate (B5) 30-60mg
Choline 5-15mg
Bioflavonoids 5-25mg
Folic acid 50-100mcg
Nicotinic acid 5-10mg
Nicotinamide 10-20mg
P.A.B.A 5-10mg
Beta-carotene 2-5mg
Iodine from kelp 10-25mcg
Calcium (element) 50-150mg
Chromium 20-30mcg
Iron (element) 2-3mg
Magnesium (element) 20-60mg
Selenium (element) 10-25mcg
Zinc (element) 2-4mg

In addition:

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References

Airola, P. 1984, How to get well. Health plus publishers.

Bland, J. 1996, Contemporary Nutrition. J & B Associates.

Cromie, C. 2005 Smoking and Drinking. Good medicine.

Davies, S. and A. Stewart., 1997, Nutritional Medicine. Pan.

Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1990, Report to Congress.

Kamen.B, 2000, Alcohol and Nutrient Interaction - Nutrition Hints. Annual Review of Nutrition.

Russell, J. 2004, Alcohol- Vitamins and Minerals, Health Facts, http://www.jrussellshealth.com/alcvits.html

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Who do they care about exactly?

Some health professionals, even when aware of the health risks from alcohol use, hesitate to tell their patients to eliminate alcohol in their diets because they may choose not to return for another appointment. Those who want to continue using wine, beer, or liquor, can easily find another health professional who will give them permission to 'drink moderately'.