I have a dear friend who is a recent (last 4 years of his 44 years) alcoholic, yet is also concerned with eating well. He has expressed a lot of interest in my primal diet and has joined a meat CSA to make sure he eats grass-fed organic meat. He also belongs to a regular CSA and eats organic pastured eggs.
He is a high-functioning alcoholic by which I mean that he drinks two bottles of wine a night, and sometimes vodka, usually starting with dinner, and his state is only noticable to the untrained eye by nine or ten at night. So it is not affecting his work life, but he ends up drunk every night. He is 6' tall, 170 pounds and after a lifetime of being lean and athletic (former pro- extreme sports athlete) , has only in the last year started to have a slight belly.
He admits his dependence on alcohol, but has been unable to quit and is very macho about not needing/wanting any outside help to do so. AA is out of the question as he views this (and the idea of needing therapy) as an unacceptable weakness. In general, as a male, he is very alpha. I am afraid he will not change his ways and if this turns out to be the case, I am wondering if I can at least get him to eat in such a way as to minimize the damage. Like I said, paradoxically, he cares about eating real food and will take the time to prepare it well.
He is a definite adrenaline junkie who is one of those people who seems to have nine lives...many close calls due to risky behavior, but always coming out on top. At least he does not drive drunk.
I am not sure exactly what I am asking....I care deeply about him and am wondering if there are any specific recommendations nutrition-wise beyond the obvious (and apparently unlikely) one of getting him off alcohol. It is probably too much to ask if anyone out there is a paleo active alcoholic, but maybe you know one, or have some ideas.
Thank you for any advice.