Addiction to Alcohol/Belly

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Hi
My husband is a wekend binge drinker. He recently started eating healthier and exercising week days, but like to have 'blow outs' about every second weekend, usually on hard liquor, as a 'reward'.
He is looking and feeling better, but his waistline has not shrunk. If anything it is firmer. In fact it is not like the flabby guts I see other men I see on the beach, he has only a bit of fat and even has a faint six pack. Almost looks like a pregnabt lady.
It is starting to bother him to the point where he may go back to his old ways.
Is this a sign of damage to his internal organs from the alcohol?
Although I think it is mostly genetic, he has males in his family no family to compare himself to, although his older sister says his Dad also had a 'beer gut'
If he could be assured it is only a matter of time for it to get flatter, he would have more resolve to continue.
Thanks for the advvice

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Hi Susy,

Addiction to alcohol is more of a physical disorder than a mental disorder, but alcoholism has mental symptoms. I suggest you read articles about addictionsuch as:
Why Alcoholics Drink
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/why-alcoholics-drink/

Alcoholism is a Treatable Disease
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/alcoholism-addiction-is-a-treatable-disease/

Obesity Controversy
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/silent-diseases-and-mood-disorders/#Obesity

What is Hypoglycemia?  
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/

The major disease contributing to addiction and obesity is hypoglycemia, hence the first step in treatment is going on Hypoglycemic Diet
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
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http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapy and psychotherapy

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

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Book: "Getting Off the Hook"freely available on the internet at Google Book Search.
Editor: Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

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BA(Psych), Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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