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Why do alcoholics need vitamin B and thiamine?

Why do alcoholics need vitamin B and thiamine?

Heavy alcohol use causes inflammation of the stomach lining and digestive tract, which reduces the body's ability to absorb vitamins. Poor dietary choices and a lack of nutrition also rob the body of essential vitamins. Thiamine deficiency can cause: loss of appetite.

Is vitamin B12 good for alcoholics?

Alcoholics may not absorb vitamin B-12 efficiently, causing them to have a functional deficiency, with symptoms including tingling or numbness in the feet and hands, loss of appetite, constipation, weight loss, fatigue, memory loss, disorientation, mood changes and anemia.

Why are alcoholics given B12?

Vitamin B12 is an enzymatic cofactor for metabolism of homocysteine to methionine. The metabolism of homocysteine is affected by alcohol abuse.