Alcoholism and the abuse of alcohol causes severe damage to the liver. The liver is the organ responsible for processing the toxins which come from alcohol consumption. When alcohol is abused, it is consumed in high quantities in short amounts of time, which damages the liver. Liver cells die, making it difficult for the liver to function in full form. Liver malfunction can lead to liver disease and liver failure, which is potentially fatal, especially for someone who remains chronic alcoholic ongoing.
According to Eastern medicine which believes that organ functions are connected throughout the body as well as the mind, a sick liver is especially problematic. Energy channels which are supposed to flow freely through the body are blocked, which creates stagnant energy as well as stuck emotions and stress. The more the body is backed up on emotional and energetic stress, the more deficient it becomes in regulating the liver.
Treatment and recovery for alcoholism includes a holistic approach, encompassing the mind, the body, and the spirit. Healing the liver requires mental therapy to abstain from drinking, spiritual development to build a meaningful life and reduce stress, in addition to physical health for healing the liver directly.
Watch what you eat: Alcohol is a toxin which wears the liver down. The liver is built to filter out toxins. Once the liver becomes weakened by alcohol it is also weakened in trying to filter out toxins from other sources, like the toxins in food. Eating food that is toxic is unhealthy for the liver. The term “food that is toxic” might be misleading. Food doesn’t come with the same regulatory messages that a tub of chemicals might have. Yet, foods can be toxic and unhealthy. Fried foods, foods high in unhealthy fat, and foods which contain mostly processed ingredients or refined sugars are not healthy for the liver. Drink abundant amounts of water, about half your body weight, and monitor unhealthy food intake.
Eat more produce: Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for any body with any distinct characteristics. Fruits and vegetables have a host of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients which are good for the body and act as a detox. A foundation of healthy eating for any particular reason, like promoting liver health, should include a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Use anti-inflammatory herbs: Turmeric, garlic, ginger, dandelion root, and other herbs have properties in them which reduce inflammation and detoxify the liver. Incorporating helpful herbs into your diet through food, tea, or supplement can support your liver in detoxifying and getting the support it needs.
The best way to support the liver is to abstain from alcohol long term. If you feel you are struggling to find recovery from alcoholism, you are not alone. Castle Craig Private Clinic has provided Scotland with excellence in clinical residential care of mental health disorders for over 25 years. Our proven model returns patients to optimum states of mind, body, and spirit. Call our 24 hour free confidential phone-line: 0808 149 6989. From outside the UK please call: +44 1721 788 006
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | August 30, 2017