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Question: alcoholism and hair quality

 Curtis24 - Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:07 am

I was a serious alcoholic for almost two years. I'm sober now, and have been sober for six months. Yet, my hair has become dry, brittle, matted down. I'm almost certain the alcoholism is to blame. Yet, even though I've been sober 6 months, its still growing in the same way. Is this permanent, or will it get better in time?

I'm 24 years old, in case that's important. Also, I'm not losing hair, I've had 2 haircuts since I've been sober, its just growing in poor quality.

thanks a lot
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:31 pm

User avatar Hello,
Yes, this could be related, but changes in hair take a very long time to show up. If you continue to take good care of your health and eat a good diet, you may see improvement over the year or so. Some people feel that a B-complex vitamin can be helpful and some supplements cater to hair and nails. These aren't instant cures but they may help.

You might also benefit from consulting with a stylist for topical products that may help.

Best wishes.

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