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A 41-year-old male asked:

should alcoholics take zinc supplements? if so, how much?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
The wrong answer: I'm not aware of any reason to think they'll help either with the physical problems caused by alcohol, or the craving. It'll upset your stomach and can make you copper deficient. An alcoholic needs sobriety by whatever means, not one more non-evidence-based treatment or distraction. I've seen lives transformed by sobriety many years into the illness.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Are there any side effects to taking zinc supplements?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Take in moderation: Too much zinc can prevent absorption of other elements such as iron and magnesium.

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