Those who suffer from alcohol addiction and who have made the decision to get help face a long road to recovery from this devastating illness. Alcohol detox is usually the first step on the path to recovery, and for those who have been abusing alcohol for a long time, detox can be quite complicated. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects almost every cell in the body. Withdrawing from it can take its toll and can result in a number of withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe.
However, those completing a programme of alcohol detox are on the right track for a new and healthy life free from the destructive effects of alcohol.
It should be noted that it is not just those with alcohol addictions who should consider giving up the booze for a while. While drinking in moderation is deemed to lower the risk of alcohol-related illnesses, experts agree that there really is no safe level of consumption when it comes to avoiding illnesses like cancer and dementia. For those who want to prevent the risk of these conditions, abstinence from alcohol is the only solution.
And there are many reasons why giving up alcohol is a good idea. Imagine never waking up with a hangover again, or never having to worry about something you said or did while under the influence of the dreaded demon that is alcohol.
Most people have sworn never to drink again while feeling the after-effects of a particularly heavy drinking session. The headaches, nausea and even vomiting are enough to make most swear they will never touch a drop of alcohol again. Nevertheless, after a day or two, the unpleasant feelings have passed, and those same people are ready for another night on the town.
Dr Niall Campbell, who is an alcohol addiction specialist at the Priory Hospital in London, has described what exactly happens to the body when people undergo their own alcohol detox.
A hangover is generally experienced by those who have been drinking moderate to large amounts of alcohol. As alcohol leaves the body, the individual begins to feel clear-headed and will start to have more energy.
After about a week, you will start to sleep better. Drinkers often find that they do not get a restful sleep after having alcohol. Although it tends to help people nod off, they often find they have to get up during the night to go to the toilet, or they simply do not sleep very well because of the pressure on their bladder. Nonetheless, within a week of giving up alcohol, sleep patterns will improve.
Many people do not comprehend the link between alcohol consumption and weight gain. Alcohol contains what are known as ‘empty calories’, meaning that there is no nutritional value to these calories. Those who stop drinking will instantly be cutting calories from their diet, which will result in weight loss within a couple of weeks. Those who adopt a healthy diet and exercise regimen will really see the difference.
Weight gain is often responsible for an increase in blood pressure, but alcohol is another cause. Giving up alcohol will help you to lose weight and will also reduce your blood pressure.
Another reason to quit alcohol is that it will improve your physical appearance. Heavy drinkers often look much older than their years as this toxic substance can cause premature ageing. So your skin will improve and look much better just one month after you have quit drinking.
An alcohol detox will make you feel better overall. Your general health will improve, and you will have more energy. Many drinkers are unaware of the damage that alcohol is causing to their bodies. Even those who do not have an addiction may already be suffering damage to internal organs, including the liver. There is no part of the body that remains unaffected by alcohol, and the substance has been linked to hundreds of different illnesses.
The trouble with liver disease, for example, is the fact that it is often referred to as a silent disease. Early stage liver disease produces very little symptoms and only when it gets to an advanced stage do individuals start to notice that something is not quite right. Unfortunately, it may be too late to do anything then.
Even moderate drinking can lead to an addiction if a person develops a tolerance to the effects of this chemical substance. Many people find that they need to drink more alcohol to get the same effects as before and do not realise that because they take longer to ‘get drunk’, that they are actually becoming tolerant. It is easy to cross the line from habitual or moderate drinking to something more serious without even realising.
An alcohol detox now will improve your health and will prevent the risk of addiction.
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