Keto diet can help alcoholics who want to quit by easing symptoms of booze withdrawal, study finds

The ketogenic diet, which is high-fat and low-carbohydrate, may not just help with weight lost, but can also ease symptoms of alcohol withdrawal among alcoholics, a new study suggests.

In alcoholics, their bodies use less glucose energy and tap into acetate, which results the types of cravings associated with alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

A team of international scientists note that when a person shifts a keto diet, the liver produces more ketone bodies from fatty acids that could take the place of an energy source – thus letting acetate do its job to break down alcohol.

The findings suggests that individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) adhere to a keto diet could manage symptoms that come with withdrawal and may even lead to reducing consumption altogether.

Scientists and medical specialists have long studied ways for reducing the effects of alcohol withdrawal, as a way to help those who are dependent on it.

And the ketogenic diet has become a more popular topic in this field.

This diet includes eating foods that are high in fat, but low in carbohydrates.

The goal is to replace carbohydrates with a fat intake which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.

When this occurs, the body burns fat for energy at high rates and uses this extra energy to fuel the brain and immune system.

What is the Keto diet and how does it work?

The Keto diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat plan, and is quite similar to the Atkins diet.

Those on it are required to cut the amount of calories they consume by a significant amount, while eating plenty of fatty foods like fish, meat and eggs.

Some people on the diet also drink ‘bulletproof coffee’ – black coffee with ghee (clarified butter), which helps to stop them from getting hungry during the day.

The diet works by effectively starving the body of carbohydrates – the main source of stored energy.

When this happens, the body burns fat for energy instead. 

It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.

Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels – helping to reverse Type 2 diabetes.