First Draft © Dennis Rocke & DrJ. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated © Dennis Rocke 2022


There’s every chance you know someone with a drinking problem, it could even be you. In the United States and now in most of Europe, problems with alcohol is quite a common occurrence. According to the eminent Charles H. Halsted, M.D., chief of clinical nutrition and metabolism University California, ‘Two thirds of all Americans drink’ and ‘Sixty percent are light to moderate, but up to ten percent drink excessively’.

What we are concerned with here are the excessive drinkers in all countries including the USA.

The most common attributes you will find in sufferers of alcoholism in the Western countries is that a vast majority of them suffer from malnutrition and other nutritional deficiencies, which lead to other alcoholism conditions such as hypoglycaemia, chronic fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, and cravings for other things such as sweets, drinks and other types of snacks.

Alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories i.e. they could be getting the right amount of daily calories from the drink, but as to them being any good – they are not. There is no nutritional value to empty calories whatsoever. Not only that alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the gastrointestinal tract.

To make matters worse, alcoholism also causes other more complex deficiencies by depriving the body of the essential vitamins and minerals that are much needed, more so because of the alcoholism.

Severe deficiencies of B-complex, B1 and B6 can occur. Other minerals that this complaint can deplete are Zinc and Magnesium

The most effective cure for alcoholism is to build up the integrity of nutrition, so much so that the cravings will stop.

Important Dietary Facts

The health diet that comes later on in the book health diet with stress being made on raw foods such as fish, fruit, vegetables, (only fresh) and sprouted seeds such as alfalfa seeds and whole grain cereals such as brown rice and millet (these can be obtained from your local health store) – the only exception for fresh fruit and vegetables is if your favourites are not in season, but then only once in 2 weeks. You must make use of the fruit and vegetables that are obtainable in the stores.

Foods to avoid

  • Avoid all processed foods such as white sugar and white flour.
  • Meat should also be avoided. It is preferable that the patient eats several small meals rather than 2 or 3 large ones.
  • Milk and all other animal proteins
  • Excess fats, especially animal fats.
  • Chocolate and all other sorts of sweets and candies.

In fact all processed and refined foods must be eliminated from the diet. Anything made with white flour and sugar such as soft drinks and ice cream.

Beneficial Treatments

The very first thing that the patient should be put on is a Juice Fast that has a duration of between 10 and 14 days. The fast is essential because whilst a person is fasting, there are no cravings for alcohol even with the most severe sufferers of the problem. So fasting in effect gives the patient a full 2 week head start into the process of recovery and breaking the drinking habit. Fasting also in its own way removes the physical dependency that the patient feels towards alcohol and also removes the psychogenic (mental) symptoms.

As soon as the fast finishes then the health diet should be followed.

  • Before entering the patient into any treatment a substitute for the drink should be given in order to help relieve the cravings if there are any. The best substitute I know for alcohol is a glass of honey sweetened fresh fruit juice. If this is not easily available, i.e. when the patient is out of the home environment then eating something wholesome candy like foods such as Halva or other such snacks that can be purchased at your local health shop. Ask the assistant what snacks they do in the vain of Halva. It is advisable to arrange that the patient always has a good supply of something like Halva in his/her pockets in order to eat between meals when a craving comes on.
  • Exercise both indoor and out is most important as it will help the patient to improve his/her general health, circulation and of course instigate a much better appetite for food. As we all know the more exercise taken the greater the feeling of hunger.
  • The patient must have plenty of rest as well as plenty of exercise.
  • Detoxify yourself for one week with a juice fast (Juice Fast)Use only mild soaps or no soap at all, only clean water to wash your face morning and evening.
  • During the day expose your face to the sun and fresh air as much as possible, taking into account the dangers of over-exposure to the sun.
  • Never wash your hair in shampoo, only use a mild soap, it works just as good and it doesn’t have any of the toxicity of shampoo.
  • If you are suffering from constipation this will be taken care of during the juice fast (Juice Fast)
  • Rest, relaxation and sleep are highly important during your treatment.
  • The same as with shampoo, you should try to avoid cosmetics, lotions and creams bought commercially. It is a well known fact that some of these are the cause of Acne Cosmetica.
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe Vitamin A acid or if you can purchase Retin A from your local pharmacist, do so.
  • Peace of mind is essential for acne sufferers as STRESS can be the cause in some acne cases.
Daily Supplements Recommended
Betaine Hydrochloride  

2 tablets after the main meal


Vitamin A  

Under doctor’s supervision take 25,000 on daily basis


Vitamin B (complex)  

Take the dosage prescribed by the manufacturer; make sure it is of a natural high potency.


Vitamin B3  

In the form of Niacinamide – 100 gm

Vitamin B6 100 mg


Vitamin C  

3,000 mg or more daily


Vitamin E  

1200 iu (international units) daily


Vitamin F  

Take one tablespoonful of one of the following on a daily basis. Sesame Seed Oil, Flax Seed Oil, or Cold Pressed Soy Bean Oil.


Magnesium Supplement  

1000 mg


Natural Multi Vitamins  

Take as prescribed by the manufacturer.



60 mg