Alcoholism and neuropathy can occur together in people with long standing drinking problems. Alcoholism is a very serious addiction that occurs when a person’s body develops a physical dependence to alcohol. It occurs as the result of long term and consistent alcohol consumption and can cause a wide array of physical complications, illnesses, and disease. One of the potential complications and side effects of long term alcohol use, includes the development of peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy can also result from excessive drinking, a condition known as alcoholic neuropathy. Excessive drinking for more than ten years, greatly increases the risk of developing neuropathy. Alcohol is believed to be directly toxic to the nerves, causing nerve damage. In addition, thiamine and other nutritional deficiencies are very common among alcoholics. Thiamine is essential for healthy nerve function, and when it is lacking, neuropathy can result.

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