While treatment of alcoholism using Kudzu is not recommended without approval from a qualified physician, ingesting Kudzu root has been shown to reduce the number of drinks people had in a session. More than five drinks in a row are considered binge drinking and have severe effects on the liver, arteries, and heart. It also produces unpleasant side effects, like a hangover! The presence of Kudzu in the bloodstream actually raises the level of alcohol in the blood, thus making the drinker "feel" the effects of alcohol without consuming the corresponding amount of drinks. According to the BBC, participants in the study drank an average of 20 percent less when taking Kudzu root supplements than those who did not. In addition, the Kudzu extract decreased the number of days that participants drank alcohol.
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