Alcoholism is used to describe a condition that is caused due to the ill effects of alcohol consumption. It is also known as Alcohol Abuse Disorder. It comprises of a list of physical as well as mental symptoms resulting from excessive alcohol intake.
Excessive alcohol intake is capable of affecting every part of your body. However, it primarily causes hazardous effects in your liver, heart, brain and even your immune system. It is a common disorder seen in both the sexes, but it is believed that females are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol as compared to men.
Alcohol tolerance increase each time you consume alcohol. People who indulge in social- drinking occasionally may not experience any symptoms related to Alcohol abuse, however certain individuals cannot limit their alcohol intake once they start to drink. People also indulge in what is called as ‘binge drinking’. These people are at risk of developing Alcohol addiction and Alcohol abuse disorder in the long run.
Alcohol leads to certain short-term effects like a blurring of speech, altered gait or walk, inability to balance, blurring of vision, increased heart rate as well as stupor. All of these short-term effects are responsible for leading to the maximum number of accidents and injuries.
Long-term effects of Alcohol intake include damage to the liver cells known as Cirrhosis of liver, alcoholic dementia or loss of memory, various nervous system disorders, increased risk of heart diseases and stroke. It also leads to muscle wasting and weak bones thus leading to an increased risk of fractures and dislocations. People suffer from continuous tremors, thus reducing their ability to perform day-to-day activities. Alcohol intake also predisposes a person to a certain type of cancers. It increases the risk of anxiety as well as depressive disorders in a person.
It is said that Alcohol is capable of reducing a person’s life expectancy by ten years! People who suffer from Alcohol addiction may experience symptoms of Alcohol withdrawal once they discontinue alcohol. The approach for the treatment of Alcoholism involves counseling, adequate measures for de-addiction and appropriate medications.
Homeopathic medicines provide promising results in cases of both Alcohol addiction as well as Alcohol withdrawal. Homeopathy ensures that the person is relieved from his or her sufferings completely with minimal chances of recurrence. More than 50 Homoeopathic remedies can be used in the treatment of Alcoholism. Here is a list of a few of them:
This remedy is useful in cases of delirium resulting due to alcohol withdrawal. There is marked sexual desire and extreme fear of objects and animals. Patient constantly picks objects in the air. Patient has terrifying visions and constantly wants to escape. It is also a good remedy for treating insomnia associated with Alcoholism.
- Nux Vomica:
It is an excellent remedy for the bad effects of alcohol. It covers the nervous tremors, indigestion, and headache due to alcohol. This remedy is useful for both short-terms as well as long-term effects of alcohol. Patient suffers from delirium, has extreme irritability and episodes of extreme rage or anger.
This remedy is suitable for cases having a long-standing history of alcohol abuse. Old people suffering from weak stomach, weakness of memory, tremors and altered gait due to years of alcohol addiction. They have various delusions of ghosts, animals, and episodes of terror.
Homeopathic medicines are extremely useful in treating the psychiatric troubles created due to alcohol abuse. They are also helpful in treating as well as preventing complications associated with long-term alcohol intake.
Remedies mentioned in Murphy’s repertory for the rubric: Alcoholism, Dipsomania & withdrawal symptoms.
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