Alcohol detox | How to detox from alcohol
After prolonged regular drinking, your tolerance to negative emotions, brain power, sleep pattern and mood swings can be all over the place.
This is due to your levels of serotonin; while you’re drinking it's highly active — which is why you feel relaxed, optimistic and happy. It gets depleted by the next day, which is why you get irritable, mildly depressed and think ‘fuzzy’ thoughts.
If you’re used to curing this cycle of ups and downs, or even taking the edge off everyday stress with a well-bodied red, your brain will be confused as to why you’re not giving it what it wants, and try to convince you a drink is the only answer. In this case, your brain is not your friend. Tell it to shove off; you can find other ways to unwind that don't involve the booze.
Go for a run or a swim, have some down-time in the tub, or meet a friend for coffee and let the talk itself be the de-stressor.
To restore brain function, supplement your diet with amino acids. L-glutamine can help with clearer thinking and L-tryptophan can help you regulate mood and sleep. Your best option is an all-in-one tablet to boost brain performance — available at health food stores.