NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR ALCOHOLISM

Alcoholism is known to be a chronic condition in which is associated with an uncontrollable desire to consume alcohol, regardless of the negative effects that it can have on the body. In this condition, the individual consumes high amounts of alcohol even if he is aware of the negative impact it has on his finances, relationships and career. Those who suffer from alcoholism are also known as alcoholics. If this condition is not treated on time, it can result in the occurrence of several conditions such as peptic ulcers, epilepsy, alcoholic dementia, cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease.





Causes of Alcoholism


The actual reason behind alcohol abuse is not known; however, scientists have stated that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is considered to be responsible for this condition. Several research studies have been conducted on adopted children whose biological parents were alcoholics. The research studies indicated that these adopted children were at a greater risk of suffering from alcoholism as well. According to a recent research study conducted to determine the role of genetics in this condition, it was discovered that a gene named D2 dopamine, when passed down from parent to child makes the child prone to suffering from alcoholism in the future. It is also important to note that there are several other factors, which are responsible for alcoholism. Social factors such as influence of peers, family members and accessibility to alcohol are known to increase the risk of alcoholism. Psychological factors such as high levels of stress and the inability to cope with it effectively can increase the risk of alcoholism as well.


Symptoms of Alcoholism

Several symptoms might indicate if an individual is suffering from alcoholism. One of the initial symptoms of this condition is that the individual will not be able to control the amount of alcohol that he consumes. The individual may also begin to suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as trembling, sweating as well as nausea if he is kept away from alcohol for some time.


Home Remedies for Alcoholism

Kudzu

Kudzu is an effective herb that is found mostly in Japan and the root of this herb is widely used in order to treat several health conditions for centuries. Kudzu is a remedy that helps in treating alcoholism as it reduces the urge to consume alcohol. In the book ‘Prescription for Herbal Healing’, nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch has stated that kudzu is known to have a similar effect on the body as the drug disulfiram, as it causes nausea and discomfort when the person tries to consume alcohol.


Igoba

Igoba is a popular herb that is native to central Africa and is used in the treatment of addictions to substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol. The effectiveness of this herb is due to the presence of a psychoactive alkaloid named ibogaine, which is known to act on the opoid, dopamine as well as serotonin receptors. This helps to decrease the cravings for the particular substance such as alcohol or cocaine. It is important that you consult your doctor regarding the side effects of this herb as it can interact with certain medications.




Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are considered effective in the treatment of alcoholism due to the fact that they are good sources of vitamin C. The University of Maryland Medical Centre states as the brain levels of dopamine are altered, a person may begin to crave for alcohol. Vitamin C is known to be an antioxidant that is helpful in preventing the oxidation of dopamine, thereby proving to be effective in the treatment of alcoholism. The Daily Green states that a half-cup serving of this vegetable provides you with around 142 mg of vitamin C. When cooked, it contains around 116 mg of vitamin C.


Broccoli

Broccoli is considered an effective home remedy for treating alcoholism. It is also beneficial in reducing the risk of suffering from conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Broccoli is considered an excellent source of vitamin C, which is helpful in treating alcoholism. Half cup of broccoli provides you with around 89.2 mg of vitamin C.


Grapes

Grapes are known to provide you with the purest kind of alcohol. Therefore, regular consumption of grapes will prove to be helpful in reducing the desire to consume alcohol. Health experts highly recommended consuming at least two servings of grapes at intervals of five hours during the day for about 30 days.


Oranges

Oranges are considered one of the best sources of vitamin C, thereby proving to be helpful in the treatment of alcoholism. The Vitamin C Foundation states that a medium-sized orange provides you with around 70 mg of vitamin C. If you want to consume orange juice, it is highly recommended that you make the juice at home, as the packaged varieties may not contain enough vitamin C.


St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort is an effective herb that is native to Europe and has been used extensively due to its antidepressant effects on the body. This herb is helpful in reducing withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism and it can be used to reduce alcohol cravings. According to a research study published in ‘Alcohol and Alcoholism’ in July-August 2005, it was observed that when an injection containing an extract of St. John’s wort was administered to animals who craved for alcohol, there was a significant decrease in their desire to consume ethanol voluntarily. Following that, the researchers also observed that this herb is effective in reducing alcohol cravings. Before consuming this herb, consult your physician regarding the dosage and the possible side effects of this herb.


Dandelion

Dandelion is a common herb that may prove to be beneficial in reducing the damage caused to the liver by the excess consumption of alcohol. The University of Maryland Medical Centre states that this herb is effective in treating liver conditions and is often consumed with milk thistle. This is because it possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. If you suffer from an allergy to marigold, ragweed, chamomile, yarrow and chrysanthemum, it is advisable that you avoid consuming this herb.


Passionflower

Passionflower is a very valuable herb that may prove effective in combatting the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. Passionflower has been used extensively to treat symptom of anxiety that is associated with drug addictions and may also be beneficial in treating anxiety that is associated with alcoholism.


Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is known to possess essential fatty acids such as linoleic and gamma linoleic acids, which play the role of antioxidants. They are helpful in protecting the cells of the body from damage caused by free radicals, such as in the case of alcoholism. Alcoholism is known to cause damage to the vital organs of the body such as the heart, circulatory system and liver. Therefore, consuming this herb may prove effective in reducing the damage caused by alcoholism to these vital organs.


Other Home Remedies for Alcoholism

  • To treat alcoholism, consume a few apples each day. This helps in eliminating alcohol from the body.
  • Consume four to five dates each day. They are considered effective in reducing the desire to consume alcohol.
  • Add three teaspoons of bitter gourd juice to a glass of buttermilk and consume it on an empty stomach. This home remedy is considered beneficial in reducing alcohol cravings.
  • Raw celery juice is also helpful in treating alcoholism. Consume one glass of raw celery juice along with one glass of water once in the day. Consume this juice every day for a month.
  • Carrot juice is also considered effective in the treatment of alcoholism. This is due to the fact that it helps in reducing alcohol cravings. If you begin to crave for alcohol, consume carrots in the whole form or as a juice.
  • Lemon Juice is also considered effective in preventing the urge to consume alcohol. Consume one glass of lemon juice each day to treat this condition.
  • Orange juice is also helpful in treating alcoholism as it contains a high amount of vitamin C. Consume one or two glasses of this juice each day.
  • Almonds are helpful in treating alcoholism as they reduce the urge to consume alcohol. Consume around 8-10 almonds each day to prevent alcohol cravings.

Diet for Alcoholism

Avoiding Saturated Fats

The University of Maryland Medical Centre states that consuming low amounts of saturated fats and regulating meal timings is helpful for those who are recovering from alcoholism. During this time of recovery from alcoholism, the affected individual may begin to overeat. Therefore, it is essential that the person consume foods that contain a low amount of saturated fats. In cooking, you should make use of canola oil and olive oil, as they possess a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids.


Avoiding Saturated Fats

The University of Maryland Medical Centre states that consuming low amounts of saturated fats and regulating meal timings is helpful for those who are recovering from alcoholism. During this time of recovery from alcoholism, the affected individual may begin to overeat. Therefore, it is essential that the person consume foods that contain a low amount of saturated fats. In cooking, you should make use of canola oil and olive oil, as they possess a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids.


Fiber

Natural News states that consuming high fiber foods is helpful in stabilizing the levels of blood sugar and prevents cravings as well. Foods that contain a high amount of fiber as well as nutrients include fruits, beans, legumes, green leafy vegetables and whole grains. You should try to include some amount of whole grains at every meal, as they are nutrient dense as well as good sources of fiber. Whole grains that contain a high amount of fiber include pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread and cereal. The University of Michigan states that consuming these foods is helpful in reducing the desire to consume alcohol.


Low-fat Protein

It is imperative that you include high amounts of lean protein in your diet to overcome alcoholism. The University of Maryland Medical Centre recommends a diet rich in fiber and protein for those who are recovering from alcoholism. Consume low fat sources of protein as this helps in reducing alcohol cravings and the urge to consume junk foods. Lean sources of protein include egg whites, sardines, tuna, lean beef, chicken breast and skim milk. Those who suffer from alcoholism might also be suffering from kidney damage due to excess alcohol. Therefore, it is important that you consult your doctor regarding the amount of protein you should include in your diet as excess protein places great stress on the kidneys.


Alcoholism Prevention

Alcoholism can be easily prevented by recognizing the early signs of this disease. Loss of interest in hobbies or talking to people, slurred speech, memory lapses and bloodshot eyes are also common signs that may indicate the development of this condition. Frequent mood swings and excess alcohol consumption in secret are very common signs of this problem. Recognizing these signs and seeking medical help quickly will help in preventing the person from developing alcoholism.


Other Treatment Options

Vitamins

Vitamin C is considered effective in the treatment of alcoholism. High amounts of vitamin C are known to be helpful in increasing the production of epinephrine and serotonins, which are neurotransmitters that play a crucial role in boosting your mood. GABA is a non-essential amino acid that plays the role of a neurotransmitter. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of GABA. The University of Maryland Medical Centre states that consuming high amounts of alcohol is known to alter the chemicals of the brain, especially GABA. The levels of GABA in the brain are important as they help in overcoming alcoholism. The level of dopamine, which is also a neurotransmitter, is altered by consuming alcohol. Vitamin C is known to play the role of an antioxidant that is helpful in preventing the oxidation of dopamine and the alteration of GABA, thereby proving to be effective in treating alcoholism. Several foods contain high amounts of vitamin C and they include lemon, orange, broccoli and grapes. Those who suffer from alcoholism need to consume a high amount of vitamin B1 as excess consumption of alcohol prevents the breakdown of vitamin B1. Deficiency of this vitamin is known to contribute to the development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which is a condition that affects the brain and has a negative impact on vision, co-ordination, vision, and memory. Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is a vitamin that is helpful in treating alcoholism. According to the University of Michigan Health System, niacin is helpful in treating those who suffer from alcoholism. It has proven to be effective in reducing alcohol cravings.


Amino Acid Supplements

Those who suffer from alcoholism are known to be deficient in amino acids such as glutamine, tyrosine and tryptophan. Health experts have stated that these amino acids are of great importance to the body as they help in the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that help in boosting your mood. Research studies have indicated that consuming high amounts of alcohol alter the level of these neurotransmitters, thereby triggering an urge to consume alcohol. Foods that contain a high amount of tryptophan include peanuts, milk, yogurt, cheese, chicken and turkey. Dopamine is known to be present in foods such as eggs, legumes, mutton and chicken.


Oral Medications

Naltrexone (ReVia) is a drug that is helpful in reducing the urge to consume alcohol by reducing the good feeling derived from it. Acamprosate (Campral) is a drug that may also be helpful in reducing alcohol cravings. This drug is considered more effective in treating alcoholism, as it does not make you feel sick after consuming alcohol.


Injected Medication

Vivitrol is known to be a type of the drug naltrexone and can be administered in the form of an injection once a month by a physician. This form of naltrexone is easier to use, in comparison to the pill form.


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Regularly attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings is an effective home remedy for alcoholism.
#1 - Hank - 05/03/2008 - 21:43
B-)
I would have to say go to detox, get a sponsor, go to AA meetings...
#2 - Samantha - 07/07/2008 - 00:14
Sure people may feel cravings of alcohol, but if they really wanted to quit, they wouldn't have to look up ways to quit on the internet. It's all in their head.
#3 - ??? - 07/22/2008 - 18:07
My boyfriend is a major alcoholic. He has tried to quit, but i doubt eating grapes is gonna help him that much..........
#4 - april - 08/18/2008 - 15:28
1.Acknowlegement
2.Determination/WillPower/Inner strength
3.Education
4.Ongoing Support
#5 - n.e - 10/17/2008 - 06:26
Rational recovery online website helped me. I also supplement with 750mg. of Kudzu Root (the Chinese been using this for 1000's of years to treat alcoholism)3 times a day. Also use Milk Thistle to aid recovery of liver. Worked for me!!!
#6 - Greg - 11/05/2008 - 15:10
Many people who have a problem with alcohol are not alcoholics and in order to quit drinking they do not necessarily need medical treatment peer group support or a spiritual awakening.

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Liza

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#7 - Liza - 02/09/2009 - 01:23
I am a recovering alcoholic and the only remedy that I have found that is keeping me away from drinking, the remedy that has turned my life around, that has taken away my anxiety and depression is the program outlined by Alcoholic Anonymous. Not only is this program free and you can do it where ever you want, but through this program you'll meet some of the best people you've ever met in your life. :-D

*Keep coming back, it works if you work it!*
#8 - Kate - 04/19/2009 - 09:40
Kate is right on! AA has not only saved my life but has given me a wonderful one. I can't begin to describe how greatful I'am for the program. I have so much fun at meetings and with the great people there. The only requirement is the desire to stop drinking. And yes, it does work if you work it! Most of the time it's more fun than work!
#9 - Rick - 05/02/2009 - 13:36
I am so thankful for AA in my life! It truly has saved me! June 2 will be 3 years of continuous sobriety for me. The program and the people I have me, have helped me to reconnect with my higher power, and certainly has stopped the 'stinking thinking' I had. My life has become manageable, and I can see so much clearer and make sane deisions in my life. The best remedy for AA is going to meetings. It works if you work the program. Also YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE! :-D
#10 - Mar - 05/04/2009 - 17:05
I used lots of cranberry juice and grapes to quite alcohol and smoking. I quit smoking a few months ago after being off the alcohol for 9 1/2 yrs. AA did not work for Me even with a sponsor, big book, steps and traditions. I drank during meetings, before and after meetings. I also made [@] black russians and drank those for My first yr sober. AA members will tell you not to substitute. I disagree and don't find being addicted to meetings any more healthy as being addicted to bars.
#11 - sober - 08/05/2009 - 09:12
If you are on the booze, heavily, think of all the benefits of seeing the world through sober eyes. It worked for me.
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#14 - Homoeopathic Doctor - 09/04/2009 - 13:01
After all this,I surely need a drink....
#15 - john - 10/26/2009 - 01:39
i dont know how im going to quit. i'm an intelligent person with many positives in my life, but right now part of me seems determined to kill any spirit.i've been told many diagnosis and i hate going to doctors now. i guess at the heart of it, i just need something to help me cope, does that mean im weak. my friends will tell you im one of the strongest people they know, does that mean im even weaker without alchohol, i know im killing myself, but i cant stop. i guess i must just want to die. Then i know im very lucky and privlaged. maybe Im just bored.
#16 - drunkr - 11/16/2009 - 02:40
alchohol tastes nasty how df do u guys like it??>-(
#17 - 69sofine - 01/01/2010 - 16:58
drunkr
I know you have tried alot of different ways to quit. But have you tried Jesus Christ? I have stuggled with alcoholism for years, and finally asked Jesus into my life and he took the urges away. He loves you, you know.
#18 - 37mom - 01/14/2010 - 20:57
You just need to limit your self day by day and not quit cold turkey. Occupy your drinkin time with priorities. Then slowly you will begin to stop without even knowing it. This is the for sure solution.
#19 - dirty - 02/03/2010 - 15:28
Tried AA,

It made things worse! Bunch of hyped up Church people pretending to help!!! It was a closed shop that insisted on Christianity. My daughter looked me in the eye and said, Dad I need you! That was it!
#20 - Tony - 02/08/2010 - 17:41
no matter what you try to with alcoholism if are aware that it is problem you are already on the healing process hence take systematic approach whether it be medication AA meetings or home remedies and limit your drinking time to night time only and drink very very slowly dont gulp drinks
#21 - simon - 02/16/2010 - 00:27
no matter what you try to with alcoholism if are aware that it is problem you are already on the healing process hence take systematic approach whether it be medication AA meetings or home remedies and limit your drinking time to night time only and drink very very slowly dont gulp drinks:-)
#22 - simon - 02/16/2010 - 00:31
Wow I think I have heard it all now. FYI there is no known cure to man for alcoholism. What there is and it has been the only way for the large majority of the people afflicted is Alcoholics Anonymous. Many others have tried remember the moderation guru she passed away from this disease driving the wrong way on the highway. Other fad remedies have come and gone and AA is still here working for the masses. It is not a religion or organized church, the only cost is just the dues already paid from drinking. I wonder how many of the previous writers on here are still sober? Willpower, Jesus lovers and those rationalists?
#23 - Lcam - 02/24/2010 - 10:10
just read everyone's blogs and confused. been a drinker for 9 years and have built up a tolerance. i believe all addictions boil down to one thing and that's willpower and a desire to quit. i once lived without smoking or drinking. quitting any addiction is scary. I too went through a 5-day rehab for drinking and depression only to get released and face the SAME world and SAME problems again. To this day, I feel that AA did not help me at all.
#24 - shareall - 03/01/2010 - 14:07
To all out there,
With a lot of Love !!
What about trying to find the core , the REAL reason for wanting alcohol ?? Try EFT- Emotional freedom technique-Google it, or look on YOUTUBE-there are many clips,or articles about all the emotions that are driving us to act, or want,or think in the way we do.Maybe we feel deprived, or not good enough..or not lovable.. There are deep,sometimes even not realized feelings, that control our live.
Hope it will help.
Sorry for my poor English. I hope many people will find hope and help if know how to eliminate the negative patterns and replace them with happy ones.
Good luck to all of you !!
#25 - ME - 03/16/2010 - 12:35
i have been sober now nearly two years and loving life each day i learn more about myself xx
#26 - auds - 03/20/2010 - 13:58
Baclofen in high controlled prescribed dosage can be effectively used to cure alcoholism
#27 - Alan - 03/25/2010 - 07:03
alcoholism is a biological disease. it cannot be helped with AA or other support groups. rehab actually exacerbates the problem due to alcohol deprivation. even if one is sober for many years, the chains are still attached. alcoholism must be addressed medically. there are ways to supress the condition completely. going to meeting may make us feel good, but like cancer, or any other disease must be approached pharmacutically. sitting in a smokey room talking about alcohol does not help. most alcoholics self medicate to get rid of the bad feelings, not self indulgence. they are seeking relief from, well, withdrawal. not to say AA is useless, but it sure does not address the underlying problem of dependance. alcoholism seems to end up as a mental disorder due to the brain's change of chemistry. it can be reversed, but not by going to a meeting. alcoholism is definately curable. having someone tell you that you are addicted for life is not much help. alcoholism is a disease like any other. you are not, by any means, powerless. bill, the founder of AA had many issues and some should reaserch it. alcoholism must be medically approached and treated. if AA makes you feel better, go to a meeting. the underlying problem is needed to be treated by other means. talking about cancer in a meeting will not make your tumor go away. it is what it is.
#28 - mike - 04/03/2010 - 16:53
I am such a hypocrite. I left my husband five years ago cuz of his drinking but then I rarely drank. Now I drink all the time. I had a lot of loss in the last 8 years. Both parents a miscarriage which were twins then the divorce. I thinkmy heart is broken
#29 - Mara - 04/07/2010 - 00:43
I can't even believe that i am writing this. I love to drink. I like the way it relaxes me, I like the taste, the different variety....well the list goes on. What I don't like is how I feel when I wake up, the list of things I have to get done and don't. The not being able to think. I know I have a problem. I also know that I don't drink that much....yet. Alcaholism runs in my family. I wan't to be healthy and watch my kids grow and have kids of their own. I know I need help.......or I will someday if I don't act now.
rachael
#30 - rachael - 04/09/2010 - 17:54
Obviously, none of you ever had siezures because of alcoholism. Well...I have. Three to be exact. They are not fun! Forget the embarassment , think about what that sight would do to your friends and family. It scares the Hell out of them, that's what it does. I don't want to die, and I don't think my body can handle #4.
Bye-bye alcohol.
#31 - bobby - 05/06/2010 - 13:53
:-( HOW CAN I STOP TO DRINKING A LOT..???IM SO ADDICTED OF THAT...PLZ HELP ME HOW TO STOP DRUNK...
#32 - nEnn - 05/24/2010 - 03:50
My father was a big time alcoholic with "binges". My mother realized he could not help it-she monitored him closely and realized he would break out in a cold sweat when faced with images, or someone else drinking. She found that feeding him desserts at EACH meal curbed his desire for alcohol. He was then able to stop drinking permanently. So don't discount the natural sugar theory.For some reason, added desserts cured his problem totally. That and loving care from my mother.
#33 - mawmaw - 06/30/2010 - 12:50
i am a mother of 4 children we lost the most loveing pearson in the world to drink my husdand the childrens father he killed him self one day when i refused to let him in drunk as the children would get very upset at the state of him he was 34 the pain that is leaft with us will never go and has been unbearable at times please dont stop trying to give up and remember it hurts your family aswell as you
#34 - maryanne - 07/02/2010 - 09:29
I think the hardest thing for anyone to do is look at themselves. Some people shop to comfort their dislikes in hopes of making themselves feel better. Others get loaded, some drink, smoke, or even hurt others anything to take the attention from looking deep inside. All alcoholics know they have a problem but they think its the drinking..... How funny is that they are no different than you or me they just chose a different way of deal with it.... My best Advice for anyone with a drinking problem is look very deep within your self and find all the things you do not like. Key word is WITHIN not the drinkin or the habit but what is it you are trying to forget about what are the thoughts that wont go away what keeps you up at night, what causes the pain. Because I know its not the alcohol that doesnt cause pain until the next day when someone tells you the stupid shit you did or you wake up in a cell. Something else was the reason for wanting to make your thoughts go away what is it? when you figure that out you'll be alot closer to the person you want to be then you are now. Find a solution for that other than the drinking and you can get sober
#35 - Storm Dust - 08/02/2010 - 23:14
Obviously the 11th or 12th tradition play no part in any of the above "home remedies"
#36 - Sarah - 08/04/2010 - 04:19
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#37 - Liz - 08/25/2010 - 02:13
Has anyone looked into or tried, Brain State Technology?
#38 - Me - 09/02/2010 - 13:19
I have been drinking since last 22 years. Have been in and out of AA since 15 years. I just can't stop. The cravings for alcohol are just unbearable. Some AA members insist that AA is the only solution. That's rubbish.
#39 - shacon - 09/13/2010 - 01:12
I just cannot do without alcohol. Though I desperately want to give it up. I started 5 years ago at 19 just to fit in the office crowd. But I realized over the years what it cost me. I have woken up nude with several men incl. my boss many times. Now I'm also addicted to [email protected] I have got to get laid daily and go in blackout not knowing who I slept with the previous night
#40 - Pearl - 09/13/2010 - 05:56
i agree with one person here...it needs to be treated medically. admitting you have a problem or attending AA or church etc is a good start but that's just a place to vent. They should invent some medical treatment for alcohol. They have a patch for smokers. Why not have a patch for drinkers...?????:-(
#41 - My thoughts - 10/21/2010 - 21:43
I will admit AA is a VERY good source for a lot of people to help them stop drinking. I know because I went for over three years. HOWEVER, it is not FREE. Not if you care about the group you are involved in. They send around a basket and collect money at some point during the meeting, to help buy coffee, toilet paper, reading material, etc. So, according to how much you give and how many meetings you go to a month it could cost as little as 4$ to 100$'s. Of course you DON"T have to give money BUT, out of anyone I have ever met that go to meetings regularly they always give money to support the group they are in. PLUS in most cases you have to BUY the books yourself.
#42 - Leigh - 11/05/2010 - 23:14
I have been drinking for 32 years, off and on. But only one night a week. I can't handle more then that. At times I feel I have a problem with it but then I think I'm not hurting anyone I have 4-5 drinks in that one Fri or Sat. I'm at home with my hubby and i do my nails. I have a high stress job and I like the taste and it just zones me out. I just sit and watch a good movie or 2 or 3 fall asleep in my chair by 10 get up around midnight and go to bed. I don't think I have a problem but I know it's not good for my health but for my mental it is. If I don't have my one night a week I feel cheated out of my weekend. It's been my way of relaxing since I've gotten older. In my younger day it was still one night a week, but alot more drinking and clubing and so on. I feel like i'm in my own little zone with no phones, no students, no bosses, no clients to deal with, no instructors to deal with nothing, just me and my drink and I mix my shot of baccardi with 8 oz of water and yes I measure everything. So do I have a drinking problem? I think if you think you have a problem then you do. I am very spiritual and pray all the time, it's all what we make of our lives. Life is what you make it.
#43 - lynn - 11/06/2010 - 06:47
my husband is an alcoholic and my baby daughter is not even enough to stop him,i'll always love him but it hurts real bad if he calls me bitch,useless,ugly etc. Please all of you, you are selfish,we love you and want you with us for long.don't hurt us in the process.
#44 - ayesha - 11/14/2010 - 11:36
my dad is drinking form last 10 year and i want stop drinking . by giving medician or any how . plz tell me the remidies ........
#45 - sam - 12/03/2010 - 00:49
I have to say i have been very lucky... I am going on 90 days sober.. and tg i didn't suffer from withdrawls. wt has helped me was i took the stress vitiamines and i took the meltoin to help me sleep. and tooties roll pops really helped to.
#46 - j - 12/05/2010 - 22:53
Hypoglycemia... most addicts have this... and it's why using sugar to replace the alcohol works to help get past the cravings. But you need to address the underlying disorder though attention to a healthy diet.

Do what you need to do to get past the first phase, but don't become a fat sugar addicted lunatic... you need to deal with the biochemical imbalance to solve the problem properly.
#47 - Alison Wonderland - 12/07/2010 - 22:23
Everyone on here who is fighting for a loved one to stop drinking, my heart goes out to you. All of you who are fighting for yourselves, please do not give up. I have five kids and at this very moment their dad is on the couch detoxing for the 100th time. We have tried so many things. I think different things work for different people. We have had times where he has gone almost 10 years without drinking but since that relapse he hasn't found the strength. Now it has ruined our family. He doesn't even live with us anymore. He is only here to detox. We don't want him to die doing it alone. It's terrible and painful seeing someone you love so much suffer so much. I agree with the person who said that their is an underlying issue that is causing the drinking. I know from his twin brother that something happened to them when they were kids from someone outside the home. He has yet to face or admit it. I don't push it, but please all you who have buried pain. Get the help you need before its too late. If you don't, your not getting help and possibly dying, could be the cause of your children becoming alcoholics and suffering the same future that you are living. I worry everyday that my children could face such a future. It's the fight of my life. Hang in there everyone. Your not alone.
#48 - Ann - 12/21/2010 - 23:47
ive been an alcoholic for 20 years and know only too well the dark places and deep depression and anxiety this illness brings ive woke up in custody hospitals all sorts of places thanks to the aa and the love of my wife and 4 kids im now sober and enjoying soberity im more happy than i ever was in drink i have an inner peace that only soberity and a spiritual awakening brings anyone whom dishes the aa obviously has not followed the 12 steps correctly and has not been to the depths of hell as i and many alcoholics have to any alcoholic whom still suffers good look
#49 - alastair - 01/13/2011 - 09:20
Hi I am 45 years old and drinking since 45 yrs 9 months. Moderation (go to work, do somthng that occupies) is only the answer for me, or seisure and rest of the life. I had all physical symtoms...and try to control by alcohol moderation and self realization but still it can / may and does damages multiple organse...good diet before and after is must. Its always good to see a doc or AA but if you have problem to that level then MUST...or otherwise be wise and drink so that you determin to live atleast 80 yrs...I am on....Today I am half the alcohol diet...
#50 - Maktka_Magmoor - 01/15/2011 - 12:56
I am 58 years old, a drinker since about 1981. I always drank every day, with the amount increasing as i built up tolerance. Lack of control over my drinking seemed to develop slowly over the years, but i remember my first drinking episode at age 15, and i quickly became very drunk. I am on day 2 again, bruised but not broken. Worried that i won't make it again. I do want to stay sober very badly. i feel better sober. AA was not for me either--i was honest about relapsing, and the fourth time, my sponsor dumped me--i'd been confiding in her for a year. I completely understand her discouragement with me, but i stopped going to meetings...I quit for a year in 2000. maybe i can do that again.
#51 - kathy - 01/17/2011 - 16:53
I am 22 days sober. I am 45 year old female. I was a wine drinker, almost every night for about 10 years. I quit because I was worried about my health. I am not feeling well since I quit. Had loss of appetite, strange pains all over . Went to the doctor, had bloodtests. Seems they tell me all in fine but I don't feel fine. I feel like something is wrong inside my body. Maybe it is the anxiety causing these symptoms. I will never drink daily again. I realize the reprocussions now. If I ever do decide to drink again it will be only on occasion. For right now I am not even tempted to drink wine.
#52 - Deb - 01/23/2011 - 18:07
I'm 36 hours sober. I made the decision to stop 48 hours ago when I woke up, hung over with a sinking feeling in my gut. My wife told me that the previous night I had been an [@]. I've always until now, been a happy drunk, never a jerk.I blacked out & don't remember any of it. I've been out of work for 6 months. Before that I was a 6 pack a night drinker, rarely got so drunk that I couldn't drive. Except on the weekends, when we would "reward" our self's by sitting back after our son went to sleep, pop in a movie, and drink some drinks & do some shots. The last 2 months I've been drinking about 3 gal. of whiskey a week. This isn't the life I want for us. My family deserves better. It hurts real bad right now. I have hot & cold sweats, my insides feel as if they being yanked out with iron hooks, & I occasionally start to do what I coined the detox boggie & have to lay down on the floor till I stop shaking. When I can sleep I seem to have the worst dreams, mostly about all the things I seem to regret about my life. I really hope these symptoms come to an end soon. I feel like I'm dying! I came on here looking for remedies for these symptoms. I guess I'm out of luck, you all seem just as confused as I. Best of luck to ya.
#53 - Blackhat - 01/25/2011 - 10:21
I do believe AA is a good support good. But when i knew i had a real problem i went to my doctor and .I listened the advice of my dr. and went o detox for 3 day and then treatment for 3 weeks. and that was 2.5 years ago. and it is stil a daily work. but AA keeps me straight and sober
#54 - rose - 02/03/2011 - 22:28
I've been drinking since I was about 9.I am a divorced female of 10 years, with 3 teens.I recently embarrassed the hell out of my kids with my drinking.I AM DONE.
#55 - nikki - 02/06/2011 - 10:24
hi,my hubby is addapted in alcohol.daily he drink whisky at night,he wanna quit this habit but he can't left alcohol...plz help me how he left alcohol?which ayurvedic or homeopathic medicine help to left alcohol for my hubby?plz help me
#56 - antara - 02/13/2011 - 11:09
I watched Food Matters on Netflix. It said the guy that came up with AA suggested high doses of

Niacin

also helps with depression
#57 - hopeithelps - 02/19/2011 - 08:28
Hello, I've been a drinker for quite some years now and have tried to give up a few times, but depression, solitude and many personal problems and losses keep on throwing me back to the wine bottles. Yes, I realise it's a vicious circle. Especially concerning the depressions.
Last night (with a big hang-over) I saw a program on TV about alcoholic women and how they lost their kids due to their addiction. i'm a single-mum to a 6yr old who hs ADHD, which is very hard for me to cope with, but after watching about these women going through their daily hell, I've decided I MUST STOP. I'd commit suicide, if I lost my precious child. What also scared me was that some serious abusers, while being in a detox program suffered heart attacks. My son needs me and I don't want him to grow up hating me, dispising me, being embarressed about me. May I find the strength to go through with saying good bye to the bottle one and for all. I wish you also the best and congratulations for those who have managed it
#58 - Jodie - 02/22/2011 - 17:34
AA is a Cult. Don't you have to like believe in the invisible sky wizard to be in AA?
#59 - sputnik - 06/13/2011 - 09:39
:-[] I am trying to quit today - but I said that last week. It is only 8:30 and I need a drink. I have been drinking since I was 16 and am 45 now. I have stomach ulcers, gastritis, and a host of other crap going on. So, it's time to stop, but I am already sweaty, going into withdrawals. I've been to inpatient care to get sober, but hate needles so I will never do that again. I already feel like giving up but don't want to disappoint my son and husband, yet again. I've tried AA and man, what a bunch of religious freaks! Not for me. I did quit a few years ago for about a year, then we moved. I hate where we live (on a major highway) and I can no longer go for walks, so I have no 'outlet'. So, drinking helps me cope with living out here.
#60 - Lisa - 06/17/2011 - 08:37
Passion Flower helped me to stop drinking. I used the liguid form. Melatonin at night to help you sleep. And make sure you eat breakfast, atleast till you have been sober for aleast a month, even if its just a apple. Dark chocolate at night.
#61 - Izzy - 06/27/2011 - 11:37
I saw a lot of things I did not want to try, but at the same time these made me even more grateful for my God, my AA meetings and friends. What a great life it is.
#62 - jolenemayi - 08/04/2011 - 06:34
I was a social drinker most of my adult life, I would hang out too late with the crowd and sometimes nurse some horrible hangovers, but wine was what finally got me and I don't even like the flavor of it. I finally had enough of feeling robbed of my life. I've quit before when I was pregnant, then again when I underwent chemo but always thought I could go back to it and keep it to an occasional basis. I know some people that can control their drinking but, I don't even care about that anymore, for me it's too risky I just want to be healthy and happy and live a better life. I was so stubborn that I held on to drinking for dear life. Once I finally picked a quit date and actually quit, I feel so much better, I feel a sense of empowerment, I wonder what took me so long, but that's okay. At least I have the right mindset now. I been reading different forums and someone had the quote posted, it goes something like this, Success does happen by accident, but by taking deliberate steps towards a goal. That rang true for me.
I can't wait to see some positive results in my blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, and energy level because I already feel so much relief in finally getting my nerve up to make this serious lifestyle change.
Bye, Bye, wine. Hello rest of my life! (Yea me!)
#63 - Alicia - 11/20/2011 - 09:03
Ive been hooked on wine at night for about a year now. Thanks for the advice here guys. Im going to try and replace the wine with cranberry juice and grapes then melitonan at night to sleep.
#64 - Wineoh - 11/23/2011 - 13:26
Hello dear dont try to left alcohol it is very important for life have it daily if you try to leave i am sure you will no ,more in this life
#65 - Mahi - 11/27/2011 - 09:40
You all need to do Urine Therapy. It's the only way out because it tackles both the physical addiction and the mental addiction. How? Well, when you drink your own urine your body understands and starts producing the very important nutrients that the alcohol made you deficient of. It also starts leveling out the bacteria in your gut that is making you crave more alcohol. I've helped several friends quit and you can too if you do your research and stick to it. Your medicine is inside of you. You produce it. It's free and customized to each one of us. Not only you'll get rid of alcoholism, but you'll heal a lot of other diseases in your body.
#66 - HeavenSent - 02/19/2015 - 13:51
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