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Alcohol - Fatigue

Prevalence of Fatigue

One in 4 Americans complain of fatigue lasting longer than 2 weeks.
{Reader’s Digest, Jan. 1996}

Half of all the patients visiting a general practitioner complain about fatigue.
{"Doctor, Why am I So Tired?" Richard Podell, 1998}

The passage of time is an energy thief. After age 40, most of us lose about 3% of our endurance a year unless we take steps to offset the loss.
{“Finding your energy high,” Alternative Medicine magazine, Mar. 2004}

Alcohol-related Fatigue

Avoid alcohol if you are trying to compensate for fatigue and imbalance, it produces no beneficial effect, and over time it worsens the symptoms that you are trying to correct.
{Deepak Chopra, MD, "Perfect Weight"}

Zero alcohol is the best choice if you are stressed or tired.
{"Reducing risk for alcohol problems . . . by the numbers,", Apr. 2001}

Alcohol can cause or contribute to pilot fatigue.
{Crew Resource Management, CMR Developer, Apr. 2001}

Mild dehydration is a common and often overlooked cause of fatigue. It can reduce blood flow to the organs, slowing down your brain, and you along with it.
{"Fighting fatigue with diet," medicine, Aug. 2004} Editor’s comment: the use of alcohol dehydrates the body.

Effect of Alcohol on Energy Metabolism

In the presence of alcohol, the pancreas secretes excessive doses of insulin. This can result in temporary low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and fatigue during exercise.
{U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1990}

Alcohol won't pick you up or enhance your energy. It depletes blood sugar levels by stimulating the insulin response, and lowering the blood sugar without replacing it with proper nutrients, so it becomes an energy depleter. If you want to double your energy it means eliminating alcohol, as it can devastate your energy.
{"Energy crisis? Double your energy," Dr. Arnold Pike, Let’s Live magazine, June 1982}

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which is the last thing you need if you are chronically tired, says Susan Lark, MD, author of "Chronic Fatigue and Tiredness."
{www.healthyideas .com, Apr. 2001}

A beer with lunch can sap afternoon energy reserves, and evening drinking can disrupt sleep, leave the body dehydrated the following day, and lower motivation to get moving in the morning.
{"Avoid energy drainers," Kathy Sena, Let’s Live magazine, Aug. 1995}

Minimize alcohol for it is an energy sapper, difficult to digest, adds to your acid load, and toxic in many other ways. Those who are suffering from exhaustion cannot spare the energy it takes to break down alcohol.
{"Fight fatigue with better nutrition," Women's Health Update from Susan Lark, MD, March 2002}

Alcohol, and virtually all artificial drugs, legal and otherwise, lower our body’s energy level and weaken you. Furthermore, they put you in a position to continue to attract more disemboweling energy into your life. Simply by consuming low-energy substances, you’ll find people with similar low energy showing up regularly in your life. They’ll want you to buy those substances for you, party with you as you get high, and urge you to do it again after your body recovers from the devastation of these low-energy substances.
{“Retreat from low-energy substances,” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in his book, "The Power of Intention," 2004}

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Avoid alcohol and maintain a healthful diet if you have chronic fatigue.
{"Chronic fatigue syndrome," The 1997-1998 Special Edition of the New Age Journal. Taken from ‘The Alternative Advisor: The Complete Guide to Natural Therapies and Alternative Treatments. Time-Life Books}

Getting the energy up to get over chronic fatigue syndrome means adopting a healthy lifestyle, which means getting good nutrition, exercise, quit using tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs, and take responsibility for your health.
{The Whitaker’s Wellness Program, Issue 6, Alternative Medicine Digest}

Alcohol worsens symptoms of energy and fatigue.
{Daniel Clauw, MD, Charlottesville, Va., at a lecture at Northside library to CFIDS group, fall 1995} Editor's comment: Dr. Clauw is an expert on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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