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Binge Drinking and Liver Disease

Some of my patients say: “but I only drink on weekends – why is my liver so inflamed?”

It’s hard to understand that binge drinking can be just as dangerous as daily drinking. Some of my patients try to monitor their alcohol intake and think it is safe to splurge on week-ends.

Binge drinking is just as damaging to the liver as daily drinking and can cause the same problems with blood glucose (sugar) levels. Alcohol-dependent and non-alcohol dependent people process alcohol differently.

When alcohol reaches the liver, it is changed into acetaldehyde, a harmful by-product of alcohol metabolism that can damage liver cells. Addictions to food and alcohol can produce alternative highs and lows. The highs are feelings of well-being that occur when the body is supplied with the addictive substance; the lows are withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, motions, movement, vision and hearing. Even though you may think that drinking only at week-ends is safe, alcohol is still a poison if you have a predisposition to binge drinking.

Alcohol acts on the nerve cells of the brain and disrupts the communication between nerves cells and other cells of the body. Doesn’t matter if it’s 3 days a week or 7 days a week, alcohol is still eroding your healthy brain cells. It does this by altering the actions of two major neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messages which enable nerve cells to talk to each other and to other cells in the body.

Alcohol suppresses the activities of certain nerve pathways, eventually making a person appear sluggish, lethargic and slow-moving. Slurred speech with poor muscle control and judgement creeps up on the “social” drinker.

Confusion and slower reactions contribute to road accidents and fatalities with people getting behind the wheel of their car believing they are in control. While research tells us alcohol can damage the developing brain, it is not clear how much alcohol it takes to do this. Everyone is different.

If you are not alcohol-dependent, keep your alcohol intake to a sensible level and give your liver a rest with LivaTone Plus – a powerful formula to support liver function when there are more significant liver problems involving inflammation.

Don’t drink alcohol every day; try to go as least two days a week without alcohol. If you drink beer, choose a low strength or light beer. After a glass of alcohol have a glass of water to slow you down.

Use low joule mixers in your spirits. Don’t drink on an empty stomach and eat something like crackers or bread before you start drinking. Men should keep to less than two standard drinks a day and women should keep to less than one standard drink per day.

How much are you drinking per day? A standard drink is: 30 ml (nip) of spirits or 285 ml regular beer or 425 ml of low alcohol beer or 100 ml glass of wine. These are all standard drinks.

If you are alcohol-dependent, you may decide to keep drinking even though your liver tells you it’s time to stop. Your liver knows you are heading for a disaster! If you are vulnerable to alcohol you will most certainly become addicted in the future if you aren’t already.

True physical addiction cannot be managed or controlled into social drinking. Since alcoholism is progressive, your drinking habits won’t improve; they won’t even stay the same. They will get worse.

Your physical need for alcohol will gradually speak so loud that willpower cannot overcome it. Willpower is soluble in alcohol! Do you suffer with liver disease attributable to your alcohol intake?

In the meantime, I would suggest helping yourself cope with the rigours of living by supplementing your diet with an amino acid and a natural relaxant to help you sleep at night. Magnesium can be taken before bed to assist with a deep and restful sleep and helps to reduce stress. Tyrosine Mood Food is necessary for the manufacture of dopamine and noradrenaline, which are required for concentration, alertness, memory and a happy, stable mood.

Blues Free is designed to support a better mood. Hydroxytryptophan is needed by the brain to make Serotonin which is the natural happy chemical produced by brain cells and has a controlling effect upon mood and feelings, appetite, sleep, confidence and mental energy.

Sleep Eze is another useful sleep enhancer and I use it myself. Melatonin is best taken at night when the pineal gland is meant to secrete its own melatonin to promote a natural restful sleep and awake refreshed in the morning without that “sleeping tablet hangover”. I like it because it is not addictive.

Everyday Stress Lozenges. These Everyday Stress Lozenges contain all natural passion flower petals to help you relax under pressure. A natural herb with relaxing and calming effects upon the nervous system, to help you perform under pressure without slowing you down.

Adrenal Plus Support If you support the function of your adrenal glands, you have more chance coping with the everyday pressures of life. Many people suffer with morning fatigue and depression due to sluggish function of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are 2 small glands that are situated just above the kidneys and when they are working efficiently, they produce extra surges of energising hormones such as cortisol, adrenalin and DHEA to help you face the challenges of the new day. In other words, the adrenal gland hormones increase your resistance to stress and provide the drive and energy to succeed.

 

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASES.

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