Having nursed alcoholics I knew what a toll alcohol takes on the body physically so before I stopped I wanted to start addressing that.
B vitamins, especially B1, B2, B3 and B6, are destroyed by alcohol, which primarily affects the liver and nervous system. When we were detoxing patients on the ward they would all receive daily multivitamins, thiamine and folic acid, intravenously if they could not take it orally.
I started taking a daily multivitamin & multimineral and a 1000mg Vitamin C. Milk thistle is also good for liver detoxification.
If you read Patrick Holford Optimum Nutrition Bible he recommends for alcoholism:
Multivitamins and multiminerals
Vitamin C 1000mg
Adaptogenic herbs, plus tyosine – which helps to prevent emotional and physical lows after stopping.
Bone mineral complex (including calcium and magnesium)
Glutamine powder twice a day in water on an empty stomach – which helps the gut and reduces cravings.
He also says that a very alkaline diet reduces the cravings for alcohol and recommends a diet high in whole grains, beans and lentils and frequent meals containing protein such as nuts, seeds, fish,, chicken, eggs or milk produce. Soberistas are currently running a Love Your Liver 14 day Detox, Cleanse & Rejuvenate Programme put together by their Nutritional Therapist, Clare Shepherd which you can find here.
Oh and lots and lots of water.
He also warns that sugar addiction is often substituted for dependency on alcohol, as booze is just liquid sugar, so avoiding sugar and stimulants is recommended. I can attest for the sweet tooth but have personally decided to let it slide as I am less than 6 months without a drink and I would rather put not drinking before anything else at this point in time. The sugar issue will be addressed once being sober is a stable part of my life.
Edited to add 14th May 2016:
Chronic exposure to alcohol interferes with the pancreas’ ability to absorb vitamin C, potentially predisposing the body to pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases, a new study in the American Journal of Physiology — Cell Physiology reports.
So that 1 gram of Vitamin C is a really good idea 🙂