Alcoholic neuropathy

Nerve damage is the common term for a medical condition called neuropathy. Alcohol  damages normal nerve function when it accumulates inside your body, and anyone who sustains heavy alcohol intake for extended periods of time can develop especially serious forms of nerve damage.

Nerve damage is the common term for the medical condition of neuropathy. Anyone who maintains a high alcohol intake over long periods can develop serious forms of nerve damage, as alcohol affects normal nerve function when it accumulates inside the body. Nerve damage that results from excessive alcohol intake is called alcoholic neuropathy.

Usually, people who develop alcoholic neuropathy have consumed high levels of alcohol for at least 10 years. However, in some cases, the disorder affects people who drink heavily over shorter periods.

Symptoms can include muscle cramps, muscle pain, muscle twitching, partial or complete loss of normal muscle control, and the development of certain movement-related problem. These symptoms typically appear in the arms, legs, hands or feet.  

Treatment include Vitamin B-12 injections, oral medications, ointments, magnetic therapy, and galvanic stimulation (therapeutic use of electric current). Early diagnosis and treatment of is important, because the peripheral nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate, and treatment may not reverse any damage that has been done.