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Neuropathy (nerve damage) Caused by Alcohol Use

Treatment for Neuropathy caused by alcohol

There are many different problems created in the body with the use of alcohol, as it is toxic to the body.  

Most people have heard of it damaging your liver, but it also creates a lot of nutritional deficiencies and thus problems.  One of the problems created is damage to the body's nervous system. 

The buzz gotten from drinking comes from the alcohol burning vitamin B1 (thiamine). Drinking alcohol can thus cause a thiamine (B1) deficiency.  Alcohol also significantly impairs the body's ability to absorb more vitamin B1 and interferes with its necessary chemical reactions in the body. 

Thiamine deficiency can cause a painful neuropathy of the extremities, it is nerve damage. Some researchers believe that alcohol consumption may, in itself, contribute directly to nerve damage. Alcohol has a toxic effect on nerve tissue  

Alcohol is attracted to the membranes of the nerve cells. This membrane is called the myelin sheath.  The myelin sheath surrounds each nerve cell.  The alcohol thus affects their function.  

When a sensory nerve is damaged in this way, you get the tingling, pain and numbness.   When a motor nerve is damaged, it impairs the bodies motor functions.

This disorder is termed "alcohol induced neuropathy". 

What can you do about this nerve damage?

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