There’s no doubt that alcoholism takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit – the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that alcoholism can disrupt the brain’s pathways, can cause heart problems such as cardiomyopathy and arrhythmias, can cause liver inflammations, pancreatitis, cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast, and much more. Some of these damages can’t be undone, and will require medication and/or treatment for an extended period. Others may rebound after consistent therapy, close attention and a healthy lifestyle. If you’re considering seeking treatment for alcoholism or if you’ve just entered, there are several tasks that you can do each day to help minimize the damage of past drinking:
- Exercise. Research has shown that exercise can make huge strides towards kicking your body into gear – it can reduce your risk for heart disease and can even reverse your mortality rate as compared to someone who doesn’t drink. Aim to exercise at least 15-30 minutes a day.
- Maintain sobriety. The NIAAA states that cognitive impairment from alcoholism can be reversed through abstinence. As stated on the site, if you remain abstinent, you can restore your brain function over a period of “several months to one year with improvements in working memory, visuospatial functioning, and attention-accompanied by significant increases in brain volume.” Make a daily decision to not drink.
- Drink water. Drinking water nourishes and hydrates your body, helping it to function properly. By doing this, you are giving your body the energy it needs to rebuild new cells and memory.
- Eat healthy. Proper daily nutrition will allow for your body to function at its best. This includes proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Alcohol can cause the body to become deficient in these areas and so eating nutritiously can help you regain what you have lost.
- Engage in brain stimulation activities. According to a study published by the NIAAA, alcoholism can cause cognitive impairment, which means that a person’s learning and planning abilities could be negatively affected. Alcoholism diminishes brain size and can cause a person to have trouble with memory, decision making, attentiveness, planning, and more. Exercise these functions by reading, playing games, watching educational movies, taking quizzes, and learning new activities to help stimulate your brain.
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