Friday, February 5, 2021




Alcoholics are almost always nutrient deficient. This may be a result of the poor diet associated with alcoholic lifestyle. In addition, they may be predisposed to alcoholism by pre-existing conditions and nutritional deficiencies. To do a truly comprehensive assessment of the alcoholic state, other physical and nutritional factors in addition to the traditional social and psychological evaluation must be considered. Those often overlooked factors include chronic intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth, food allergy, cortisol or adrenal gland insufficiency, hypothyroidism, functional hypoglycemia and nutritional status. Unfortunately, the usual case is that alcoholics are given excellent emotional support but their physical status goes wanting. Please read on for more information on this essential component of alcoholism.

Melvin R. Werbach, M.D. in his book Nutritional Influences on Illness states "There are many nutritional deficiencies which may be caused by excessive alcohol ingestion and the deficient nutrient intake often associated with alcoholism. By boosting the nutritional intake, not only may it be possible to reduce the toxic effects associated with alcoholism, but there is preliminary evidence that alcohol craving and the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may also be ameliorated”.

Laboratory Tests

Alcoholism is often associated with a problem in the metabolism of amino acids. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein. It would be valuable to have an amino acid test run. You can learn more from the web sites of the labs listed in the Laboratories page of this web site. Talk to your alternative medicine physician about an amino acid test. Other appropriate lab tests are discussed in the related pages of this web site referred to at the end of this section. You must read each page because they have important information to help your recovery from alcoholism.

Vitamins and Supplements

Nutrients which studies have shown to be helpful in addressing alcoholism include:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is effective in reducing both alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, C, and E.

Minerals, especially Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, and Selenium.

Amino Acids. We use the product "Seacure" which is a hydrolyzed, easily digested form from fish protein.

Essential Fatty Acids. Also found in "Seacure". Omega 3 Fatty Acids as well as Omega 6 Fatty Acids found in Evening Primrose oil are also good.

Food Supplement. "Juice Plus" is an excellent fruits and vegetables in a capsule supplement.


It is imperative that alcoholics adhere to a strict health food diet. All foods containing caffeine, high sugar, "Nutrasweet", highly processed, packaged foods, junk foods, fast foods, deep fried foods, soda and partially hydrogenated oils are to be strictly avoided. In other words, a good healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and some red meat are required.

Given the complexity of recovering from alcoholism, I strongly urge people to get under the guidance of a qualified physician/nutritionist who understands the subjects we have discussed here.


Seven Weeks to Sobriety , by Joan Matthews Larson This book is required reading.

Comprehensive Health Assessment is an online self-assessment of the potential for presence of various alcoholism-related health issues discussed herein. Visit for details.

Lab Tests Which May Be Helpful ( See the Laboratories page of this web site.)

  • Amino acid analysis
  • Adrenal Axis-stress
  • Five hour glucose tolerance
  • Food allergy panel
  • Candida Albicans IgG, IgA, IgM
  • Vitamin analysis from Spectracell Lab


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