Most people have heard of alcohol damaging your liver, but it also creates a lot of nutritional deficiencies and thus problems. One of the problems created is damage to the 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 motor functions as motor nerves tell the muscles what to do.
This disorder is termed “alcohol induced neuropathy”.
What can you do about this nerve damage?
Read about Neuropathy
What can be done for relief?
We always recommend you take the approach of building health – and nerves are no different.
Find out how to build healthy nerves
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