Mitigating harmful effects of binge drinking on paleodiet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM


Sometimes I've been exposed to binge drinking for a couple of days, but I follow general paleodiet and low carb diet as well, and would like to know what else can I do to support my liver, pancreas, and gut during the alcohol assault. Typically I consume up to 3 liter red dry wine once a week, during weekends. I know that human brain runs quite well on acetate (latest research here: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348839/description/Heavy_drinkers_get_extra_brain_fuel_from_alcohol) and the alcohol itself is not so damaging as in combination with PUFAs. I also follow this guide for binge drinking: http://highbrowpaleo.com/2011/12/26/the-highbrow-paleo-guide-to-binge-drinking-mitigating-the-deleterious-effects-of-ethanol-on-health-or-how-to-get-shitfaced-with-impunity/ Please also share your own knowledge and experience for this matter. Thank you!


on July 12, 2013
at 12:57 AM

I second Stabby's binge drinking protocol on HBP, also be sure to read part II. Since aiding glutathione is so central I wonder if there is a place for liposomal glutathione since it is difficult to supplement it directly.

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Stabby's protocol is good. There is now s-acetyl glutathione out there, which can help too.

But the big bad huge piece of trouble you are going to get into is dehydration. Red wine is especially bad on this score, in that I notice it in a big way with red wine, but not so much with tequila or any of the hard alcohols. You need good water- i.e. spring water or reverse osmosis water plus some sort of iodine supplement. You also need salt. Now, I am talking about everyday stuff here. You've got to stay hydrated all the time, because you proposed to do something that will likely take a few pounds worth of water off of you at least once a week.

If your joints start hurting, take a long break and make sure you get rehydrated.

Other issues: alcohol messes up sleep and gut health. More than two drinks and I am very likely going to wake up sometimes during the night. As to gut health, well, alcohol can irritate the gut all by itself, and if the gut is sufficiently irritated, other molecules can get through. These are really big issues, so be aware your performance will likely suffer if you don't curtail these activities.

The upside is that paleo can turn you into a really cheap date. We just don't need as much.



on July 12, 2013
at 05:07 PM

The paleo/anti-inflam tips I've picked up:

  • take egg yolks before drinking

  • no PUFAs (even a small fish dish)

  • no fructose (cider, alcopops etc)

  • plenty of water

  • spirits are better than wine is better than beer

Get a copy of The Drinking Man's Diet from the 1960s - surprisingly paleo, but the author got clobbered by the medical profession after his initial success.


on July 12, 2013
at 06:35 AM

How about this: take all that money you would normally put into liquor and just buy one high quality bottle? You enjoy yourself more and don`t overdo it so much.



on July 12, 2013
at 04:03 AM

How about just quitting cold turkey? Seems better to throw the monkey off your back then let him hang around.


on July 11, 2013
at 11:44 PM


Basically, eat all the protein you want and limit fat and carbs on the day you drink.

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