What Foods Help Alcohol Withdrawal?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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What Foods Help Alcohol Withdrawal?

If you’re one of the millions of people struggling with alcohol addiction, you may be wondering what foods can help you during withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal can be a difficult and dangerous process, so it’s important to know what foods can help ease your symptoms and keep you healthy. Here are a few of the best foods to eat during alcohol withdrawal:

Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are an important food for alcoholics in withdrawal because they help stabilize blood sugar levels. When you drink alcohol, your blood sugar levels drop sharply, which can cause fatigue, anxiety, and irritability. Complex carbs like whole grains and legumes help to keep your blood sugar levels steady, which can minimize these symptoms.

Lean Proteins

Lean proteins are also important for alcoholics in withdrawal because they help repair the damage that alcohol has done to your body. Alcohol consumption can cause damage to your liver, pancreas, and other organs, and lean proteins help to repair this damage. Good sources of lean protein include chicken, fish, tofu, and beans.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are vital for helping your body repair itself after alcohol abuse. Alcohol damages your cell membranes, and healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids help to repair this damage. Good sources of healthy fats include olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds.


It’s no surprise that water is an important food for alcoholics in withdrawal – dehydration is one of the main causes of withdrawal symptoms like headaches and nausea. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and ease your symptoms.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential for helping your body function properly, and they’re especially important when you’re in withdrawal. Alcohol depletes your body of essential nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, so it’s important to replenish these nutrients through diet or supplements. Good sources of vitamins and minerals include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, these foods can help you through withdrawal and on the road to recovery. Eating a healthy diet is an important part of recovery, so make sure to include these foods in your meal plan. And always remember – if you’re struggling with addiction, there’s no shame in seeking help from a professional.