Fasting & Alcohol Addiction
One beer on a long water fast and you are blasted. You get high fast and then come down quickly and feel like crap. The worst part of drinking during a fast is the intense hunger it creates. Alcohol is somewhat like an appetizer, when you drink even one glass it triggers the brain cells and gives a signal that you feel like eating or your getting hungry.
Science has proven that alcohol is a carcinogen and mutagen. Research studies have found that even one drink per day can double the risk of developing breast cancer. Alcohol kills brain cells, degenerates the heart muscle, damages the liver, and can deform an unborn child for pregnant women. There are also a other risks involved so think again.
BRAIN DAMAGE FROM DRINKING ALCOHOL
Heavy drinkers consuming large amounts of alcohol for long periods risk damaging the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, such as drinking beer instead of eating, disturbances in the sleep patterns, or liver disease reducing the absorption of nutrients. All of these factors affect the function of the brain.
Alcohol also reduces the absorption and utilization of various nutrients. Thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism, resulting from poor nutrition. Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is an essential nutrient required by all tissues, including the brain. Alcohol also dehydrates, that’s why after drinking you need to at least drink enough water to rejuvenize the body.
Alcohol Research Findings: Drinkers vs. Non-Drinkers
When adolescent drinkers were tested and compared to non-drinking adolescents they scored worse than non-users on general information, vocabulary, memory, memory retrieval and at least three other tests
It is bad enough listening to a drunk but even sober the verbal system of the brain is affected to the point of losing 10% of performance. Public speaking and alcohol drinking do not mix. Nonverbal information recall was also heavily affected, with a 10 percent performance decrease. Adolescent drinkers perform badly in school, commonly fall behind and have more social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence.
Have you noticed that when you drink a few beers, you wake up in the middle of the night? This is because alcohol affects the sleep cycle, resulting in impaired learning and memory and disrupts the release of hormones necessary for growth and maturation
Alcohol Research Findings: Alcohol Causes Brain Damage
Youth who drink are most susceptible to damaging two brain areas that are undergoing dramatic changes in adolescence:
Alcohol Causes Brain Damage in the Hippocampus
The Hippocampus which handles many types of memory and learning and suffers from the worst alcohol-related brain damage in teens. Those who had been drinking more and for longer had significantly smaller hippocampus (10 percent).
Alcohol Causes Brain Damage in the Prefrontal Area
The Prefrontal area, behind the forehead, undergoes the most change during adolescence. Researchers found that adolescent drinking could cause severe changes in this area and others, which play an important role in forming adult personality and behavior and is often called the CEO of the brain.
If you are a teenager getting drunk, you may as well enjoy it because when you are older your brain will be smaller, underdeveloped and less efficient but if you stay drunk all the time it will not matter.
A juice fast is the best program to rebuild the mind and the body. It helps by cleaning the cells and reestablishing normal homeostasis. Juice fasting also radically diminishes the time and discomfort of the alcohol detoxification period.
Arizona residents having problems with alcohol can check into Arizona detox centers for alcohol abuse.
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