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Compulsive Drinking And Allergies

posted 18 Feb 2013, 14:12 by Mpelembe   [ updated 18 Feb 2013, 14:12 ]
Many people need a drink to get through the day because they
are addicted to the ingredients from which their favorite
alcoholic beverage is made. Consequently it seems that
alcoholism and food addiction are closely related, if not

Researchers at the Deaconess Hospital in St Louis, Missouri,

have recently conducted an intensive enquiry into alcoholism and
its possible causes. They found evidence to substantiate the
belief that alcoholism is, in fact, a food allergy. Their
research showed that alcoholics are twice as susceptible to food
allergies as are nondrinkers. Different alcoholics were found to
be addicted to the different elements within the drink, rather
than alcohol itself.

Alcoholic beverages are made by fermenting sugars derived from
the starches of various grains and vegetables. For example, beer
contains barley and hops; whisky, malted barley; vodka,
potatoes, rye or barley; wine, grapes; and so on. All alcoholic
drinks contain yeast, another common allergen.

The presence of alcohol in the system acts as a catalyst to the
absorption of materials from the intestinal tract. As the
alcohol is absorbed, it takes along with it particles of the
food from which the particular alcoholic drink was made. In
addition, because of the catalytic effect of the alcohol,
accelerated absorption of any drugs or foods ingested with the
alcohol, also occurs.

The ingredients which make up an alcoholic beverage can produce
an addictive form of food allergy which, because of the effects
of the alcohol, is even more acute than food allergies without
alcohol. As a result a person with this problem becomes a
compulsive drinker, or to use that grossly inaccurate term -

The chemical effect of the alcohol causes compulsive drinkers
to have withdrawal symptoms that are even more intense than
other food allergies. The addicted drinker, in desperation,
reaches for another drink to seek relief and so perpetuates an
endless cycle of ingestion and withdrawal. Dr Mandell writes
about the addiction to alcohol as a food allergy.

"Alcoholics may think they are drinking to combat an anxious or
depressed state of mind due to some emotional problem - and a
drink certainly makes them feel better fast - but, in reality,
they are suffering from the addictive form of food allergy, and
their anxiety and depression are nervous system allergic
reactions to the food residues of the source materials in the
alcoholic beverage."

As in most food-related allergies, there is an addictive
process which requires larger doses more frequently, to control
withdrawal symptoms and to briefly regain the feeling of
well-being. This is particularly so with the compulsive drinker,
who is locked into a cycle of withdrawal symptoms and relief,
followed by recurring symptoms, which are only relieved by
further alcohol. It is only when this endless cycle is
permanently broken that the sufferer can regain good health.
After this, abstinence is usually the only answer, although if
the allergy is to grains and the person has been a beer drinker,
then a change to a non grain-based drink, such as wine, may
solve the problem. However, this should only be done after a
period of total abstinence for at least six months, to allow the
overloaded immune system to recover its full function.

People who are reliant on alcohol have often had a severe
masked allergy problem from infancy. Throughout their childhood
years and into their late teens, they were never well -
suffering various recurring ailments, tiredness and the awful
fits of depression which go with such an insidious condition.
Then with their first drink of beer, or spirits, they feel much
better. Others may have an initial negative reaction, followed
by a beneficial feeling. The result in either case is that the
individual forms a firm attachment to the alcoholic beverage and
thereafter incorporates it in his every-day life. A downward
spiral commences, which may last many years, before that person
reaches a stage where the alcohol will no longer relieve the
symptoms no matter how much is consumed.

Most alcoholic drinks other than wine are grain based, with
wheat being a major ingredient. Therefore a close link would
appear to exist between an individual's liking for foods such as
bread, pies and biscuits, and a need to drink beer in excessive

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