tips for helping you quit drinking alcohol naturally

A new review of the research suggests that alcohol can be harmful to your health at much lower amounts than previously thought. Here are some tips for helping you cut back or quit.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has proposed new guidelines on drinking alcohol after reviewing more than 5,000 studies, according to media reports.

The results suggest that 3-6 drinks per week increases the risk of cancer and more than 7 increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Small amounts of alcohol neither harm nor benefit the heart, but more increases the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attacks, heart failure, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and stroke.

Alcohol was found to have a negative impact for most of the diseases reviewed, including several kinds of cancer, heart disease and liver cirrhosis. For men, the dangers go off the cliff at 6 or more drinks; for women at 3 or more. Two drinks a week or less may have a lower, more negligible effect.

7 Tips for Cutting Back
1. Alkalinize your body by focussing on vegetarian foods. And drink lots of water and herbal teas.

2. Stabilize your blood sugar by reducing sugar and refined carbs while increasing complex carbs. Following that menu and eliminating caffeine reduces cravings for alcohol and increases chances of success at quitting (J Am Diet Assoc 1991;91:463-66). Huge success has also been achieved by a similar program that also eliminated dairy (Int J Biosoc Res 1983;4:5-18). Chromium may help too.

3. Exercise more (J Stud Alcohol 1982;43:380- 66).

4. Supplementing L-glutamine shows promise in decreasing the desire to drink (Q J Stud Alcohol 1957;18:581-87).

5. B vitamins are often deficient in alcoholics. Supplementing B vitamins, especially B1 and B3, may help alcoholics reduce their drinking.

6. Perhaps the most exciting supplement for cutting back on drinking is the herb kudzu. Heavy drinkers who supplement kudzu drink significantly less (Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2005;29:756- 62; Psychopharmacol 2013;226:65-73). The kudzu is sometimes standardized for isoflavones, and it may be the isoflavone puerarin that is doing a lot of the work (Drug Alcohol Depend 2012;126(1-2):251-6).

7. The herb skullcap can help with alcohol withdrawal.

Acupuncture and counselling can also help.

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