Alcohol Addiction and Weight Problems

Alcohol Addiction and Weight ProblemsLike any addiction, alcohol addiction can cause dangerous side effects. Addicts may suffer from weight issues as a result of their addiction. Unlike other more severe side effects, most weight issues can be reversed. However, addicts may suffer from malnutrition, which can lead to further health consequences.

How Does Alcoholism Affect Weight?

Like any drug, alcohol can cause the user to ingest fewer nutritious calories. Because of this, the user can become extremely dehydrated and experience other severe health consequences.

Consistent alcohol use can result in an individual suffering from weight gain or weight loss. Alcohol is immediately metabolized because the body cannot store it. While an individual is drinking alcohol, the body is metabolizing the alcohol, making all other nutrients invaluable and unable to be absorbed. Alcohol consists of empty, non-nutritious calories that cause the body to work harder and absorb fewer nutrients. This can eventually lead to extreme malnutrition.

Can Weight Issues Be Reversed?

Not all side effects can be reversed; some are long term or permanent. Addicts may suffer from side effects for months or years after they have discontinued alcohol use.

By entering an alcohol addiction treatment program, addicts are given an opportunity to safely detox and receive medical attention for any side effects of withdrawal. Doctors can help address these side effects with medication management. Addicts may be suffering from malnutrition and need herbal supplements to help restore balance. After treatment is complete, recovering addicts may need to have yearly checkups to monitor their progress.

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