How You Can Detox from Alcohol at Home

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Has the time come to detox from alcohol at home?
The problems of alcohol over-consumption and alcohol abuse affect many, many people in the United States and throughout the world. It is an age-old phenomenon. Overindulgence in alcohol is an age-old problem, and it is addictive for many people. If you are a habitual consumer of alcohol, you may one day reach a point where you say to yourself, "Enough is enough. I need to clean up – detox." We all know that professional detox programs are available. But what if we want to detox from alcohol at home? I'll get to that, but let's review the problem first.

Alcohol is Poisonous

Alcohol is poison. If you drink alcohol, you undoubtedly don't think of alcohol as a poison. Yet it is. The National Capital Poison Center lists alcohol as one of the top seven poisons for adults [1] .

According to a U.K. site called, 'drinkaware', the human body can only safely process one unit of alcohol per hour [2] . A unit of alcohol is one third of an ounce, a little more than a third of a typical shot glass. Consumption in excess of one unit per hour can result in serious physiological and psychological consequences.

While it's true that binge drinking is usually the cause of alcohol poisoning, it's not always the case. It depends on your general health, age, gender, weight, how fast you've been drinking, how much food you've consumed, and other drugs that may be in your system [3] .

Thinking of alcohol as a poison is certainly a buzz-kill when joining friends for a fun, social evening, but perhaps you'd be better off not to be seeking that buzz in the first place. You would never dream of joining a group of friends after work to share a glass of battery acid, or bleach, diluted or not. Certainly it's possible to enjoy the company of friends just as much, if not more, without the alcohol buzz. If you want to walk the path toward optimal health and achieve a long healthspan, you can't take alcohol on that journey with you.

Alcohol's Price

The price we pay for alcohol consumption is far greater than what you pay at the store checkout. That greater price is paid both individually and socially. According to, alcohol consumption has many adverse physiological and psychological effects [4] .

  1. Long-term alcohol use can shrink the brain's frontal lobes. The frontal lobe controls important cognitive skills, such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, and judgment.
  2. Chronic and severe alcohol abuse interferes with body-brain communication and can lead to permanent brain damage.
  3. Alcohol can cause blackouts and interfere with memory formation.
  4. Alcohol use can affect typical behaviors, reduce mental clarity and decision-making ability.
  5. Habitual users are more likely to develop throat, mouth, esophagus, and breast cancer.
  6. Alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular-related diseases, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, stroke, heart disease, heart failure, and heart attack.
  7. Frequent alcohol users have a harder time fighting bacteria and viruses, and are more at risk for developing illnesses like TB and pneumonia.
  8. Chronic alcohol use can damage the liver and lead to cirrhosis.
  9. Excessive alcohol consumption is the leading cause of pancreatitis. Alcohol will also interfere with the processes involved in regulating blood glucose levels.
  10. Over-consumption can irritate the stomach, cause bloating and gas, and lead to ulcers.
  11. Alcohol abuse can damage the intestines, leading to bouts of diarrhea and abdominal pain.
  12. A pregnant woman's alcohol use can increase her baby's risk for fetal alcohol syndrome and retard mental development.
  13. Excessive drinking over a long period of time can cause infertility, in both males and females.
  14. Men who abuse alcohol are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
  15. Consumption of alcohol increases the risk for osteoporosis.
  16. Alcohol prevents your body from properly absorbing vitamins and minerals from your food. Even though you're eating regularly, you may experience malnutrition.
  17. People who drink excessively can experience muscle cramping, weakness, and loss of muscle tissue.

That just about covers it. Alcohol is a bad 'hombre'… it's definitely not your amigo.

Listen to your body. If it says, "detox", do it.

Even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous, especially if you combine alcohol use with other self-destructive habits, such as smoking, lack of exercise, and eating junk food or fast food. In a Japanese study, researchers determined that light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated risks for developing cancer. The study, published online by the American Cancer Society, concluded that the only level of acceptable cancer risk associated with alcohol consumption was zero alcohol consumption [5] .

Detox from Alcohol at Home or at a Clinic?

People who become habitual drinkers are at risk to develop a physical and emotional dependency on alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal can be difficult and even life-threatening. Sudden withdrawal can cause complications as serious as hallucinations. Detoxification can be managed on either an outpatient (at home) or inpatient basis, depending on the severity of symptoms.

Symptoms Of Alcohol Withdrawal Include:

- anxiety

- nervousness

- nausea

- tremors

- high blood pressure

- irregular heartbeat

- heavy sweating

Detoxing from alcohol naturally at home is no different than any other detox regimen. So, when we detox from alcohol, we're also detoxing from all the other toxic material that enters our bodies, knowingly or unknowingly, including herbicides, pesticides, packaging chemicals, pathogenic organisms, dormant viruses, artificial food ingredients, pharmaceutical drugs, street drugs, etc.

Withdrawal symptoms help determine if we should detox from alcohol at home or in a clinic.

Truly speaking, we're detoxing all the time. Our bodies are equipped with built-in organs of elimination including liver, bowels, and skin. However, we live in a toxic world and these toxins enter our bodies and build up over time. For those who lead an unhealthy lifestyle, with substance use and abuse, lack of exercise, and a build-up of body fat, these toxins can eventually overwhelm our body's innate capacity to detoxify them. At this point, it is time to help your detoxification system do its job.

In order for your detoxification system to work, a healthy, functioning liver is essential. The liver is the body's primary filtration system. Everything that enters into our bodies passes through the liver. Hopefully, your alcohol consumption hasn't caused your liver too much damage already.

DIY Detox Programs

When embarking on a new journey, it is always wise to have the counsel and guidance of an expert who has previously tread the path before you. Although you can detox from alcohol at home, do follow a program and/or the advice of someone who can provide you the information you need.

Be nice to your body with a healthy, life-giving natural detox program.

There are a number of very good, authoritative programs which have been designed by doctors and health professionals that can be utilized for a successful detox. Some of these programs have products specifically designed for various aspects of the detox process along with expert instructions. Others are more instruction-oriented, with guidance on how to procure the necessary materials.

Here are four programs to choose from:

1. The 'Chinese Cleanse'

      In this detoxifying cleanse, you drink a home-made brew of herbal tea that you drink in the morning and evening. In between, you eat fruit till noon, and vegetables till 8:00 PM. The duration is between three and ten days [6] .

      2. The 'Reboot Plan'

          The inventor of this program, Joe Cross, and his friend lost between them over 300 pounds on their Reboot Diet consisting of fresh vegetable and fruit juice [7] .

          3. The 'Three-Phase' Detoxification Plan

              This plan systematically details a step by step process, and the herbs and other compounds needed to support detoxification of the colon and heavy metals, the kidneys, and the liver and gallbladder [8] .

              4.  The Ultimate Heavy Metal Detox

                  This covers Dr. George Yu' Niacin Detox Protocol. It's a proven, effective way to detox the chemicals from your body, which on average holds more than 400 toxic chemicals [9] .

                  Alright, time to get it going. Your rewards will be tangible. You'll have less weight to carry, increased energy, increased mental clarity, bright clear eyes, and fresh, healthy looking skin. And don't, please don't break your detox program with a big celebration of pizza, beer, and mud pie. Break it gently. Reintroduce your normal diet gradually. You will most likely find that now, after you've cleansed yourself from within, you don't crave the same types of foods anyway, since it is often stored residues of unhealthy foods that trigger food cravings in the first place. Good luck!

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