What happens to the body after you stop drinking alcohol?

Normally, the body processes alcohol with enzymes. But if you drink heavily over time, the body reacts differently. We explain basic alcohol withdrawal AND alcohol metabolism here. Learn what happens after you stop drinking so that you know what’s going on in the body.

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What happens when heavy drinkers stop drinking?

The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are caused by an acute over activity of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that helps manage the body’s response to stress. When you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, the central nervous system (CNS) has self-adjusted to the constant presence of alcohol in the body. The CNS learns to compensates for alcohol’s depressive effects on both brain function and the communication among nerve cells by acting in a hyperactive state. This is why when you stop drinking alcohol, and blood-alcohol level suddenly lowers, the brain remains in a hyperactive, or hyper-excited, state, causing alcohol withdrawal.

What is alcohol withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal manifests when regular, heavy drinkers stop drinking or cut down on drinking. Withdrawal occurs only in people who are physically dependent on alcohol and whose bodies are accustomed to regular alcohol intake.

Symptoms of withdrawal after you stop drinking

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal usually appear in regular, high-dose drinkers as soon as blood alcohol level decreases significantly. Withdrawal from alcohol usually occurs within 5 – 10 hours after you take your last drink, but withdrawal symptoms have also been known to occur several days after the last drink.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from mild to severe. Withdrawal can even threaten lives.  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms and how long alcohol withdrawal lasts vary by individual, but will generally be more intense the longer and harder you drink. If you keep reading, we explain how the body processes alcohol, and what happens during alcohol metabolism. Read on to learn how alcohol metabolism varies and why it is important for drinkers.

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What is alcohol metabolism?

Alcohol metabolism is the way the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol from the body. Because each of our bodies is different, the way that we break down alcohol is different. But more importantly, individual variations in alcohol metabolism influence drinking related problems. The better your body can break down ethanol (the chemical name for alcohol), the more you are prone to drink, and to develop alcohol problems.

Alcohol metabolism 101

Alcohol is broken down and eliminated from the body in separate steps. The liver is the main organ used in the metabolism of alcohol. However, the brain, pancreas, and stomach also metabolize alcohol.

1. During step 1, chemicals called enzymes break ethanol (the chemical name for alcohol) into smaller compounds. Specifically, an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) breaks down ethanol into a toxic compound called acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) in the liver.

2. In step 2, another enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) breaks down the acetaldehyde into a less toxic compound called acetate (CH3COO-), also in the liver.

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3. Acetate then is broken down to carbon dioxide and water and eliminated from the body.

4. Small amounts of alcohol also are removed by interacting with fatty acids to form compounds called fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs).

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Why is alcohol metabolism important?

The body can only metabolize a certain amount of alcohol every hour. However, the amount of alcohol you can process varies widely between people and depends on a range of factors including body mass, environmental factors, liver size, and genetic differences in metabolizing enzymes. In other words, if you metabolize alcohol efficiently, you may be at higher risk for drinking problems.

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Reference sources: An update on alcohol metabolism
Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal and Introduction to Alcohol Withdrawal publications from the NIAAA
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Hi, I am 46 and like you been drinking a lot of beer daily since I was 20. Because of health issues, I cut down (not quit completely) but I find myself facing same issues. Tremendous joint pain, anxiety and lack of motivation. I don’t know if there is anything available to control these symptoms. Good luck and congrats on being sober for 42 days.

  2. Hi, I am a 29 year old woman who drank heavily in her youth. I was never dependent on the alcohol and stopped as I got older because I found better ways to manage my depression, didn’t enjoy the mommy wine culture and had children. But I would participate in weekend binges prior to stopping. Well I haven’t had more than a couple drinks every few months in 2 years including abstaining for 12 months due to pregnancy and fertility treatments. I feel like I may be getting AWS after just 1 drink though. I wake up in the middle of the night covered in sweat with high heart rate and super nauseous, super dizzy and very lethargic. Will this ever go away? I would like to enjoy the occasional beer with my husband. Is this something different? Can you grow into or out of an alcohol tolerance? I have tried to research but everything focuses solely on alcoholics which I don’t feel I struggle with. I am hesitant to discuss with a doctor because my last doctor didn’t believe I had epilepsy simply tested me for drugs which was negative. It took me having a grand mal seizure to get properly diagnosed from a hospital.

    1. I’m HAVEING that problem with my friend..he’s stopped heavily drinking for bout 5 months now but 2 days ago he drank a little and has been periodically passing out.could it be he’s still detoxing

  3. It has been 6 days since my hubby had a drink. But right now he is throwing up and very cold. He is curled up in the bed

  4. I have been drinking vodka for almost 4years . it started casually in has become my life. I get sick where I throw up if I do not have it. I also got dark coloured urine, I’m starting to break out more than ever b4 n I’m 31 in never had that problem, I’m scared to death my liver could be affected already. What could be a sign that it is effected? Also I haven’t had a period in 3 or 4mths

  5. I’ve quit drinking a few weeks ago. My live is swollen. Will the swelling go down now that I’m not drinking anymore? If so When should I notice an improvement?

  6. I didn’t experience any withdrawal from alcohol, but my previously non-existent sweet tooth revved up and I suddenly found myself eating cakes, cookies, and drinking loads of soda. Cutting back on that did cause loads of withdrawal symptoms which I’ve found to be even more challenging than sobriety (at this point anyway), for whatever reason.

  7. Hi I’m 21 and I’ve been drinking heavily for about 10 months. I did cut back for a month or two. I would drink at home (not as much maybe a few beers and once in a great while I would only drink 3 glasses of whiskey (without drinking beer) and go to the bar every other weekend. My drinking has gotten worse over the last month because I didn’t know what was wrong with me. At first I would shake badly and sweat a lot. I’m thinking about going into impatient treatment after I go to the doctor tomorrow for a liver check.

  8. Hi, I am 40 years old i have been drinking for many years, 20 beers daily. I am 42 days sober i got passed the withdrawal, detox stage,so do i think. I would never let happen to me again,it was rough.
    I Had numerous seizures.financial problems, DUI, promises i still owe. i’m getting better but physically i’m starting to have body aches, vision is cloudy, lightheaded, no motivation i get tired easily anyone else ?

  9. A good friend of mine almost died from his alcoholism. He was bleeding internally. He immediately stop drinking paying attention to doctors order. His liver and kidneys were damaged mildly. However he has had severe swelling in his feet. All kinds if test have been run and they still cant find his problem. Dealing with alcoholism I was wondering if you might have an idea that’s going on? They just completed a MRI on gaul bladder and pancreas and still no definite idea as of yet.

  10. I recently came back from an andrenline filled sailing and climbing filled break. Felt great, thought I need to repair hallway , rececorate living room. My momenent was killed flat. So I should have stayed where I was in Bodrum.

  11. I have been drinking every night for the past 3 months, I drink about Half of a 1.75 ML bottle if not a little more then that , I wake up with stomach pains everyday and the only thing that takes my stomach pains away is having another drink, or taking a benzodiazepine (Klonopin, Xanax , etc.) is my stomach pain from the excessive drinking? I am big guy, I weigh around 300lbs , just would like a better understanding

  12. i stopped drinking alcohol because 2 days back I had a stomach
    pain in my right abdomen now it’s two to three days my pain is not leaving me.

  13. I am 55, have drank in excesss i mean JD, Scotch etc, I could drink drom morning to night, since 18. I stopped over a year ago, no cravings , no desires no nothing. I feel the same, no withdrawals etc. Why was it so easy, I did not go to doctors, just decided not to drink. I have no desire, zip notta nothing? why? I do not understand this. alcoholic or just not an addictive personality, IDK????

  14. Am attending SMART groups once a week, gets too much if beyond 6 people attending.

    AA was okay but couldn’t handle huge crowds of people being too aggressive, cursing (swearing UK). When I was making tea for 60 .

    I was dying inside . Sorry, when there to talk!

  15. I’ve been a heavy drinker for most of my life, wine in particular. I’ve recently been struggling to stop drinking. I’m about a week in,no headaches or tremors, etc,. However, my heartburn has dramatically increased, has anyone else experienced this? In taking famotidine daily and eating Tums like candy! I’m also experiencing bloating, gas pain and sluggish bowels (Sorry, tmi, I know). Is this common with alcohol cessation?

  16. I relate to pretty much everyone, especially Nick and Shane.

    I just want to be a better person. Be the husband my wife fell in love with22 years ago. Still together why? She loves me .

    Working from home is the worst mistake. Done it for being made redundant. But loved it at first, not now too lonely.

    Cook the most beautiful meals for my wife, but lost my mojo or self esteem. This is hard but continue. Attend SMART meetings.

    Take care and good luck to everyone

  17. When I abruptly quit drinking at alcohol rehab on July 21, 2014, within three days, I noticed my eyesight starting to get worse, my hearing started to get worse, and my prostrate was failing to do all of the things it does. After leaving rehab, all three continued to worsen. I started going to “specialists,” both neural and vision. No one could explain it. ALL claimed that the three separate problems were not related, which is about as silly of a notion as I have heard. I have gone through perhaps fifty different tests; no answers. I went to an acupuncture specialist, and he said that all three were closely related, and had to do with quitting drinking; that my body did not adjust to not having alcohol in it’s system, and was not supplying enough blood to my optic nerve, my inner ear, and my prostrate. Unfortunately, since I cannot see anymore, I cannot drive or work. My insurance would not cover his fees, and I have no money left to pay for his visits. So, because I quit drinking, I have lost eighty percent of my vision, seventy percent of my hearing, I urinate twenty times a day, and have ED that NO drug can fix. I am sure that I am not the only person that this has happened to. But one never reads about it, because everyone wants someone else to quit drinking because it is “bad for them.” I myself would rather be able to see, hear, and function as a man again. m

  18. I’m 53 years old and I recently quit alcohol I find now that both of my feet are hurting very badly is that due to quitting alcohol?

  19. After leaving heavy drinking from last 15 years now i am feeling problem of constipation & indigesion pls suggest me remedy i am 34 by age.

  20. Hi mark. Pain In your kidneys can be normal. I am sober for 8 months now with the help of AA and I still get pain in my kidneys especially when I’m doing strenuous activity. I have been checked and apparently all fine. Well done on your sobriety so far. Once the fog clears it’s easy to see the benefits of a zero alcohol life.

    I was drinking heavily everyday for 12 years. It wasn’t till my then fiancee found out that she pushed me into AA. I knew I needed to go there though so there was no resentment. I know I have the will power now every day, I still have the aches and pains to remind me of the past though, I don’t think they will ever go away

  21. I have always had s drink problem but have had s serious problem for the last three years. I am now 20 days into detox from alcohol and will soon be going to rehab. Everytime I do anything physical I sweat lots and I get really bad pain in my kidneys and I get tired very quickly. I’d this normal?

  22. Dear sir
    I am drinking bear regularly for 8 months suddenly I stopped before 4 days but now also urine coming brown, why please explain

  23. Im 29 year old female and has recently stop drinking this year and my body been going through some changes like my appetite change i just found out i have stomach ulcers. I been drinking every since i was like 15 years old.

  24. I have been drinking daily for a few years. Strong Alcohol. I’ve stopped for a few weeks or a couple of months before but then I return. The past couple of weeks I’ve been cutting down because I want to stop. I’ve.been drinking about a gallon of water the past couple of weeks and today I’ve noticed that I’m not urinating much and I see my feet a little swollen. This has never happened. What can I do? Please help

  25. I have been drinking a lot of alcohol for a number of years some times 3 bottles of wine a day I suffer from depression and anxiety really bad and I really need help I cry every day some times I wished I wasn’t here I cannot cope anymore

  26. I am a 112-114 lb. woman with a slow metabolism. Is it possible to still be legally intoxicated 14 hrs. after having had 8-12 oz. of alcohol? And yes, I have cirrhosis, also.
    Thank you.

  27. I been doing beer more heavy in the last 6 months and all of a sudden started having real bad sharp pains in my upper left thigh and went to the ER where X-ray’s and ultrasound ruled out any thing cracked or broken and was sent home with pain killers ,well the second day I I decided to have just a couple of beers after my leg stopped hurting, so the pain got worst so now for 2 days no beer, but yesterday I had two ,and awoke with the worst leg pain,Could beer be the cause if my leg pain? Oh during this drinking I would not eat hardly anything. Thank u

  28. I have been drinking 12 cans of 16 oz beer for the last 10 years. In addition to alcoholism
    I have gained 80 lbs. and gave up on my family and friends. Unfortunately “I don’t think
    I have a drinking problem”. How do I wake up and get real?

  29. My friend is staying withj me and trying to detox. Or I am trying to detox her. She is down to 1-2 ounces of hard liquor a day. To live with our family she needs to be alcohol-free how long should that take. One month of 2 ounces a day except the occasional slip-up days. My son will be around soon and she needs to be completely sober in a week, should that be possible.

  30. Hello,
    I am a 42 year old male who has been using drugs and alcohol for over 25 years with my alcoholism getting progressively worse in the past 5-10 years. I was consuming at least a fifth of bourbon in mixed drinks plus multiple shots of other alcohol about 3-5 days a week. I have currently completed my forth week of an eight week intensive outpatient program. I started my treatment on May 1st having last used drugs on April 11th, hard liquor on April 21st and beer on April 28th. I started suffering from a steady persistent headache on May 3rd through today, May 25th. It is a constant pressure pain with varying severity. I can relate it to feeling as though the top half of my head is like a bowling ball. Can this be related to some type of withdrawl or is it completely unrelated?
    Thanks for your time,

  31. I have been to rehab for 2 months, after getting 2nd dui and been home a week and still want to drink I feel like shit and just want to drink how long does last

  32. I was in a small incident so I decided to take a brake from drinking for 6 months. After the first month I started to get sick allot I’m in month 4 now. I get sick then better then sick again. Before this I was never sick. I was not a heavy drinker 2-4 time a month and only at the weekend but wen I drink it’s alot. Before this whenever I felt something coming down Il drink a bottle of Jägermeister then I was all better for the next days not like the rest of the family. Is it possible I f-uped my immunsystem or is it something else?

  33. Hi my husband is a heavy drinker and has a blood test in 8 days he has not had a drink since Thursday will he pass the test an what can he do to flush it out his system can you advise me. Thank you

  34. I quit drinking in December and have no problems not drinking but I have lost 20 pounds. I really need to gain it back but can’t seem to gain any weight. My mom passed in January so stress may have played a part. How do I gain weight .

  35. My spouse, who is an alchoholic, has been in this instance, drinking a quart of rum and beer daily for over a year now. He had been sober before for over 12 yrs but under stress, loss of parents, and financial problems, relapsed. He stopped drinking about 28 hours ago and I’m worried what might happen to him. Are there supplements he can take to help, like Melatonin for sleep and electrolites for the liver?

    1. Hi Kathy. Let’s start with what you can expect to happen: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 8 hours after the last drink, but can last for many days. Symptoms usually peak by 24 – 48 hours and then diminish, but some symptoms persist for weeks.

      You can get even better prepared if you seek outside counsel from a medical doctor for advice and support. Please take him to see a doctor since alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Severe alcohol withdrawal requires pharmacological intervention (prescription medications), so if your husband sees a doctor the following medications may be prescribed:

      Adrenergic Medications
      Antiseizure Medications

      In addition to professional medical care, you can also provide additional help at home with the administration of electrolytes (magnesium, phosphate, and sodium) which is critical in correcting severe dehydration. Taking supplements of folic acid and thiamine help correct vitamin deficiencies. And IV fluids can help increase the presence of water in the blood and within cells.

  36. I drink nearly a litre of vodka every night and have done for a number of years my doctor has said that my liver is showing signs of some bad cells of some sort but recently i am shaking very badly and feeling drunk during the day even though i only drink at night

    1. Hi Paul. I’d suggest you see your doctor again. I believe you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms during the day, which stabilize when you start drinking. If you are looking for long term solutions, medical detox and a treatment program can help you quit and stay quit.

  37. What if i start drinking after abstaining for 10 years?Is it dangerous?
    I had gone under rehab 10 years ago.What if i suddenly start drinking?

  38. I have been sober for 17 hrs. I am biopolar and have anxiety. I take meds for that. u also have blood pressure probs and palpitations. had no withdrawl yet. should i go to detox? Should i be concerned for my livelyhood? was drink 4-6 beers a day. also to add. it’s 4 to 6 beers extended throughout the day. Not all at once.

  39. I quit drinking quick had bad headache for 3 days n felt very cold for a day with 24 hours. It’s been 4 days n no symptoms. Am i done detoxing?

  40. hi i;ve been a very heavy drinker every day for 10 years, im in the process of trying to stop and started in the gym, i cant sleep properly as cant stop going to toilet for a wee like 12-15 times a night ??

  41. I’m doing well of quitting drinking but, My Q. is why am I still getting the runs when it been a week now.??? I even tried dose or two of pep to in hopes it stop it but don’t seem to help so I’m clueless here . Is it just because of years of heavy drinking it going to take quite while for the bowl’s to act normally again not be running to bathroom every time I turn around 4 or 5 times a day.?

  42. I quit drinking for three months now, I depend on sleeping pills to sleep other than that I’ve gone from Pneumonia, to Bronchitis, to flu to severe cold and back again, I think I was healthier when I drank, I haven’t been this sick in years.

  43. Christine and Paul-
    Don’t forget a therapist can do wonders! There are many out there!
    Seek out some sort of help. Find a family member to support you or a friend. Don’t isolate yourself Paul- you are not alone. You came to this site- seek out more support online! There are many sites that will offer support. Do not cut yourself- that is not the answer. Sometimes the best start is to see a doctor and get a physical and ask for help. That is their job!

  44. Reading thru all these posts reminds me I am not alone!
    I grew up with parents who were functioning alcoholics. I had a bad relationship with my dad because he thrived on arguing after his nightly after work cocktails. Pushed it on my mom- because he needed a drinking “buddy”.
    Started drinking in high school- continued on in college, etc.. Weekends and nights out turned into what has now become daily drinks beginning around 5. Wine/beer are my drink of choice
    I think so many of us- got into that “wine” thing- learning the art of good wines and the nightly ritual of a drink with dinner- which turns into more glasses after dinner. So, now it has become a nightly addiction. I am now fed up- tired- so exhausted by having to keep up with my supply of wine. All the money I spend on booze. Looking around at all the people trudging in to get their bottles has just gotten to the point of making me sick! I want to get healthy. I am eating healthy. exercising and using Lent- for my 40 days of kicking booze and living life sober. I am one week in and feeling good- other than slight headache. Key for me is holding myself accountable. I highly recommend a nice journal- to track progress. Youtube bullet journaling- it makes it even more fun. Another way to distract is a new trend going on- painting rocks! You paint them- and then keep some in your car. When your out and about leave one in a place someone will find and it will make them smile. I write inspirational things- like “Be happy” “You can do it” etc…
    Had to go thru the drive thru at the bank and left one there. It really does help to pick up a hobby or something to focus on other than the booze. Daily walks/bike rides is very beneficial as well.
    I wish everyone well. Keep going! If you fall- get back up and start again. We can and will do this!!

  45. Hi I’m 31 years old and I’ve finally decided to quit drinking all together. I’ve quit drinking in the post for about a year and thought it would be okay to have a few drinks now and then just for kicks and giggles. I realized that I started falling in to the same trends off drinking a lot again. I recently noticed that I fell into a 6 day drinking binge and said to myself I can’t drink ever again. I’ve stopped now for 2 days now and noticed I’m having bad anxiety attacks and my heart and blood pressure won’t calm down. It’s gotten better since the first day I quit but I want to know how long will this last and is there any home remedies I can take to calm down the withdrawal symptoms? Please help and I’m tired of killing myself with the drinks. It’s telling me to gradually stop drinking and not to try to go cold turkey but I don’t want to put another drink in my body. Should I take a few drinks and then take a few less the next day? I’m tired of all this anxiety and restlessness. I want that active athletic feeling again and to feel better already. Thanks.

  46. I drink beer, and cider. Never spirits so thought I was okay. But I work as an accountant and think I may have had nervous breakdown due to stress. But I after going cold turkey and trying to work out all the time I felt the need to self harm, like cutting myself . I haven’t done this yet as I throw the knife in the the sink and think what the hell?!

    I feel pain all the time. People notice that I no longer socialise, that’s okay to a certain extent. But am really trying to work on myself. But am trying my best. The feeling of wanting to self harm worries me though.

  47. I will be 2 weeks clean this Sunday. I can’t stop eating like heck. I am also having constant foul gas, no diarrhea , just gas. I cannot tell if I’m pregnant or just bloated from the damage the alcohol has done . I am waiting until the end of this month, just incase. But keep me in your prayers, my 11 year old girl needs her mother, not a drunk. I am being string. just say NO! Lol. Thanks guys.

  48. Hi all. Been reading through posts and been drinking heavy on and off for most of adult life. Am 43 yr old and have been questioning a lot lately the damage done up till now. Liver is what you think of first, but with concerns of bowel and gut cancers I wonder if cutting back (if possible) to the safer daily limits will make a difference. Without symptoms present at moment. Realising safest way is to stop and maybe these risks may reduce. Just have awful thoughts of well damage is done whats the point. Very selfish thought wondered if anyone has had these feelings. Sudden desire to be healthier and be around for my children when they are older has started these guilty thoughts and now scared that maybe too late. After my divorce 7 years ago is when things started getting out of hand. Drank alone to escape, never got over being away from them I think caused my habits. Ironically would never have seen anymore of them regardless. They grown up now and so fearful the damage is irreversible that I may never see their children. Having OCD doesnt help and a lot of you guys may think ‘idiot. grow up’
    Even with a clean bill of help will never stop the fears, but some info on other dangerous diseases than the foremost ‘liver’ concerns may help. Thanks if you have taken the time read. May not address may concerns, however reading and relating with others has helped

  49. Iv stopped but i have bad head achs and have had anxiety and panic attacks for many years. Iv been on xanix for 23 years. I feel and want to stop. The head achs r bad. My sleeping pattern is off. And the panic and anxiety are high. Any thing u can tell me what to do? If the anxiety and panic go away i dont believe I would have ever drank before. But it helped in a way. Just looking for some advise.

  50. My wife and I got to where we would drink a gallon of tequila a week. I decided I want to quit. I have been having dull headaches. I stopped 4 days ago. Should I talk to my doctor for help?

  51. I just have a question. I have been a very heavy drinker for some time now.. I could go through a fifth of vodka a day. I’d have to drink as soon as I got up to stop the throwing up. Well recently, after not drinking all day on 2 separate occasions, I had a seizure. This last one I ended up in the hospital. This was only on Christmas, early morning. I vowed to quit, but I know it’s dangerous to quit cold turkey. I drank a little throughout the day yesterday, not nearly as much as normal. I woke up today feeling good, haven’t had the normal shakes and throwing up as I usually do every morning. I still haven’t drank anything today, and am still feeling good. I’m wondering if it’s too soon to quit? Or should I have a few, just to make sure I don’t throw my body into shock? I don’t know what to do. Thank you

  52. I’ve decided to quit drinking a week ago. I’ve been drinking at least 5-12 beers a day 6 days a week for almost 5 years. I am HIV positive and have been since 1997. The reason i started to drink so much was because i was having panic attacks back in 2010 and i would self medicate with alcohol. My doctor put me on Paxil and i had to ween myself off that because it made me gain so much weight that it made me look abnormal plus it wasn’t helping me at all. So it’s been a week and the only thing that bothers me is the not being able to sleep and body aches. Is this normal? also, I rarely take any pain medication for anything but now i feel like i should take some for the body aches. Is this normal and is it safe to temporarily take some Tylenol for the muscle pain even though i used to drink so much?

  53. I’m 35 years old. I’ve been a heavy drinker for 15 years. This year I am realizing all the negative things it has done to my life and health.. So I’m on the 3rd time of trying to quit cold turkey. I’m on my 5th day and the last two days my lower back, pelvis, and upper legs are in real discomfort to walk. This happen the other two times as well. Is this related to the withdraw?

  54. I drank heavily due to excessive stress. I’m currently taking zohydro 30 mg 2 xs a day n colonipan 1 mg 3 xs a day. my doctor gave me a 5 panel test during annual physical n found liver enzymes extremely high. I then went back to occasional drinking n he gave me test last week n enzymes were still high. I am now abstaining from alcohol all together. when I see him next month and ask for another test, do you think my enzymes will go down? I would rather be alcohol free then risk being cut off my meds. please answer asap. thank you

    I only drank heavily for a couple weeks!

  55. I’m writing this for my brother whom I loved dearly. He was an alcoholic. He went into the hospital because his gall bladder ruptured. He was doing fine we thought, but on the 9th day he became restless and started sweating and said he was hot. Then his heart just stopped and he died. Was that DTS? My brother also had Afib.

  56. I have been drinking a minimum of one half of a bottle of tequila or other hard liquor every day for the last 20 years. I only drink in the evening before going to bed but for some reason I can drink an exorbitant amount of alcohol with seemingly little or no effect on my personality, physical coordination and thinking ability. It has never affected my work or family life however I am 50 years old now and would like to quit. I am nervous about the negative health effects that alcohol can potentially have on my body. I recently underwent a complete exam from a doctor in which my liver is functioning at a normal level with no negative effects from the large amount of alcohol consumption daily. I wake up in the morning without ever having a hangover and do not oversleep as a result of the large consumption of alcohol prior to going to bed the night before. I want to quit cold turkey and I am hoping that keeping my electrolytes up and keeping hydrated will be enough to overcome the physical parts of withdraw. I also intend to include a diversion such as physical exercise but not at a strenuous level. I have tried to slow down or drink less in the evening in the past without success because I tend to want to continue drinking and since it’s available are usually justify in my mind that I can’t sleep yet so I may as well drink some more. I am nervous about the with drawl symptoms such as hallucinations, and seizures intimidate me. But I want to quit completely for health reasons. Do you have any strong suggestions you can give me that can help me quit on my own without a doctors care? I do not want to replace alcohol with some other medication in order to stop. I do not Want to swallow the spider to catch the flight so to speak but would rather just stop completely and abruptly.

  57. Dear Sir,
    I was a heavy drinker but now I have controlled it and take once in 15 days but when i take alcohol It Hyper me and I start discussing anything and sometime it realy get me involved in very awkward situation which I realized next day.
    How it is possible to me not to get hyper after having alcohol.
    Kindly advice me Im 45 Years Old Male.

  58. How long can alcohol be smelled on the breath of a person that drank for 15+ years? When I go to kiss my husband it tastes and smells like alcohol on/in his mouth, he says he quit a week ago and has not had a drop, so how long can he smell like alcohol?

  59. I drink hundred proof vodka all day and night everyday. Not to get drunk, just to drink. When I wake up I immediately take two triple shots with juice. Than I wander around and pretend to eat breakfast or go outside and smoke, than pretty regularly through my day every one to three hours I repeat my morning drinks… I have to be able to communicate clearly and maintain responsibility and this is what I have figured out for myself. Than at bedtime I take an extra shot or two and go to sleep, I wake up a couple times through the night and just roll over and take another large shot and go back to sleep. I want to see if I can quit. I’ve been perfecting my hidden amounts of drinking for about a year and a half straight. I’ve always drank but not as seriously as this past year and a half. So, 30 hours ago I took my last shot and I’m not very comfortable. I can’t sleep, I’m extremely restless , just pacing, I have awful acids in my throat and my body and head hurt, even the bottom of my feet, I have zero desire for food or water and haven’t forced more than a couple Mike and ikes down with a third of a rockstar. Yet I don’t crave vodka, yet. My chest is tight and my heartbeat is fast, I have a constant wrinkle on my forehead. What’s this all about? Is it all in my head? Am I causing myself these symptoms or is this all a part of my bodies reaction?

  60. Hello, good luck to all alcohol abusers. I don’t know why alcohol is so tough to quit? God, at the age of 16 i started drinking n its been more than 4 yrs n now I’m suffering after lots of thoughts are coming all over my head. Seriously it breaks relationships but even we don’t care about it all. All we need is alcohol. Now its been two weeks I’ve quit drinking alcohol n I use to feel irritated even talking with other peoples, all my joint’s used to ache, weaknesses in every parts of body, headache, spontaneous fever, forehead n outer stomach gets over hit,body shivering, diarrhea sometimes, anxiety while working, irritation with noises but also feels lonesome when I’m alone in room or somewhere in parks etc. I haven’t been to clinic or met a proffesional psychiatrist or any doctor so i request u to give me some advices that would be very helpful for me to get rid out of all these things…
    I would always stay grateful towards ur help n ur website..
    Yours faithfully

  61. Hi, I stopped drinking 8 days ago & I went through the usual withdrawal when when you stop, dry heaving, shaking, insomnia etc. But this time something more after 3 days I shook & nearly passed out in my kitchen & now 8 days later having back pain I passed water this morning & it was black! My problem is, I live in Indonesia but not in the capital, the hospitals here are OK but don’t really understand alcohol problems. I’m also living on quite a tight budget now due to my over spending on booze. Should I be panicking about these new symptoms or is it my body adjusting to the lack of alcohol? Regards

  62. hello,
    i have been drinking beer heavily but just a month ago, i stopped sudenly.
    i have unusual healthy conditions which i feel could be the result of my heavy drinking:
    1. i observed my left part of my leg/hip stop function for some minute and that almost made me fell down.
    2. after a day, i was unable to walk straight upright but i would stand bending backwards for some minutes.
    iam scared about these and could this be the effects of my sudden beer drinking withdraw

  63. I started drinking 5 years ago and decided I didn’t want the carbs so I drink straight vodka 100 proof.
    My drinking increased quickly and I kept it to around 750ml of 100 proof per day.
    Last week I traveled all week and the amounts were significantly higher. I decided two days ago I had to stop (I normally made that decision every morning) but for the first time in 2 years I didn’t drink the last two days.
    I have been very shaky, no appetite, diarrhea and extreme night sweats. To the point that I am dripping wet with sweat.

    Is this a normal withdrawal? How long should I expect it to last? Having another drink consumes my thoughts in the evenings so I have been extra involved in my boys lives the last two nights.
    I want to go cold turkey for at least 30 days and then no more than once or twice a week and much less.

    Any comment or suggestions would be welcome.

  64. Dear sir..been dinking for over 20 years, the last 2 months ive needed alcohol vodka to get me through work, i drink it on way to work and during the day, it calms my anxiety which is really high without booze. Im really worried about the anxiety anyway came off the booze 24hrs ago, had some sweating but have appetite to eat, drinking plenty of fluid..doctor was crap he gave me serotonin to help me with my low mood…I need to get out of this booze cycle for good any help much appreciated.

  65. Hi All, I had a similar difficult thing with Alochol. I was sick of it drinking every day , once i got to stay with my son one day in a very temple town in India. So as it was a religious temple place, alochol was probihited in areas any thing near. Even ciggarettes , before that day for 8 months i was almost drinking 75% of full bottle of wodka or whisky depending upon cash i had in pocket. Was struggling to go to different shops as i did not want the shop keeper not to look at me strangely. I have been working in a pretty decent job. But after that day of staying with my son, i did not even feel to drink or try for it , so thought may be loneliness is the reason. The want that its not possible or temporarily a financial stand where i cannot stay with my kids has been pulling me to alcohol. One day i read in a news paper that one of the famous known person , had alcohol and drove with his kids in the back seat , he drove against a tree. But luckily , he and kids are safe. After , I have really cut down my alcohol consumption to a beer or sometimes nothing.
    The quote was simple and helps me take pride and responsibility.
    “Where is in into such things , must come out self.” In German its like “Wer ist rein gegangen , muss selber raus”. Yes , believing in oneself that its for best of us , family , kids and work because this is the world ( Work – Earning , Family – Support , Kids – They need us , and Us is were the last instead of being in center. ) which is better than Alcohol and its effects blocking our mind and relation to all these beautiful things. My only experienced suggestion is dont stay alone when leaving alcohol , do or involve in something which is easy and fun to do , Switch off your phone ( if you are with family & kids or when you know nothing risky is happening within 2 hours for them) , the rest all can wait. Simply watch something in TV or best take a nap if you can. Keep the brain working if you like with Sudoku or just take a very positive motivating book or simply close eyes and listen to self help , self motivation audio books or talks. Appreciate every day urself by looking at the sun and feel that you got up early and have so much time to do everything without anxiety and pat urself that you have comeback from a dark world into a world which has all you love and need.
    Iam doing this , and its working for me.. Believe that you can do it , then you will do it… ( Remember the song : I believe I can Fly ?? ) , keep flying !!

  66. Dear sir/madam. I am tamdin and my brother is an alcoholic patient. His doctor told him that his liver condition is not good. Still he is drinking once he drink he doesn’t eat. We requested him to get him admitted in a rehab Center but he deny. So by hook n crook we get him admitted in a rehab Center. It’s been 8 days in rehab Center today when we went to see him today his whole body is swollen so may I know what could be the reason? It’s it serious? He had jaundice too. Please tell me what should I do ?

  67. I stopped alcohol drinking for two years ago. I forgot some action, like bathing, tea and sometime I felt lonely. Family members and friends told me. What should I do.

  68. I have a funny problem with alcohol intake. I’m diabetic n my glucose levels have been under control for past 6-7 years except a very few times n that too small variations. I’ve got toes amputated n that too when not drinking. So, for me it’s become a social problem as my family feels so. I have not left my family to tend for themselves, have provided all their needs n for graduate education. A house n sufficient bank balance till end of life ! No abuses nor beatings ! I retain my sense of humour n control on speech. Where am I wrong?

  69. I am gonna be helping a friend detox from drinking a gallon of whiskey a day habit. Her past attempts were not so good to where she had had seizures so i could really use some good advice on how to detox her

  70. I have been a heavy drinker for the past 35 years ( up to 4 litres of spirits a week ) would it be unwise to stop completely? What might happen?
    I have now stopped drinking for the last 4 days because my blood pressure was 220 / 190 and was refused an operation for a replacement knee because of this. But having stopped I now have got acute gout back which appeared to be under control (Allopurinol tablet once a day )Could this be the cause because I have stopped completely? should I have a small alcoholic drink?

  71. Also if Vinny is still out there ,I wanted to say same here ,the anxiety brought on by drinking was like hell on earth ,pass out for two hours then wake up squirming etc ,horrified by loud noises made by jets,garbage trucks etc,I just posted that having a sober person who has been a substance abuser helping me is a game changer ,I know I am fresh off the booze but I know I can do it now.theres no booze or drug on the market that could make me feel as good and calm as I do now ,this must be how normal people feel all the time ,I wouldn’t know because I’m now 50 and have been a drunk since my teens ,good luck to you Mr Vinny.

  72. This is my second time posting here ,first time I stayed sober for two months and felt “healed ” so with lots of welcome backs from “friends” and family I set off drinking again in moderation ,I maintained a moderate approach to my drinking for about the first 24 hours and then when straight back to being an alcohol whore ,man whore ,for about a year.I am on day seven now and aside from having many cravings I feel euphoric,I know this is something to be careful of but I also know I can just never drink again .I meet an old girlfriend on Facebook and she quit and stayed sober for the last six years ,God knows I was a complete a hole to her when we split up years ago but she has been a rock for me now ,not that I’m leaning on her to heavily just that I never had a sober person there for me before ,my family all drink and are in denial about their own problems and treat non drinkers as though they are weak and have mental illness ,I have moved away from the lot of them and will finish up by saying,no amount of alcohol could ever come close to making me feel as good as I now feel even after a short period of sobriety.I will ot go back down that path again .

  73. I’ve been drinking since I was 17 years old. Doing cocaine since I was 22 years old. I’m now 35 years old now. Stopped everything in the middle of February 2016. I’ve been sober since. Started having anxiety attacks 2 weeks before I remained sober. Since I started having attacks I quit everything two weeks after. I was having them attacks two to three times a day. I guess my heart feels funny or should I say discomfort able at times. My docter put me on metaprolol and ativan. I really don’t use the ativan anymore. I was really sick the first 2 1/2 months. Completed outpatient treatment. Went to AA programs. Now I’m enrolled to see a mental health counselor. Still sober. How long can I expect for my chest to feel this way. How long would it take for my body to get back right.

  74. I drink heavily and have for many years, anywhere from 5-10 or more drinks a night, but when I stop for a few days I never have withdrawal symptoms, why not?

  75. Welcome all,
    32 years of drinking.last 15 daily. 5 years ago during a routine visit to the doctor for a general physical they did blood tests, and I thought nothing of it. Next day I received a call from the office and was told to get to emergency right away or I could die. It seems my liver enzymes were of the chart elevated. they did not see the need to do anything. so i continued to drink daily 7 tall boy beers night/ little to no food this went on for over a year. then due to a promise to a family member i quit cold turkey..which was brutally scary for 30 days…felt a little better after 3 months, but not much after 9 months,and by 12 months i slipped once..and thats all it took, back into, but this time i ate daily at least one meal.I recently quit again I am at 3.5 months dry. here is my question, last time i quit for a year i felt a lot better than this time around. i am eating super healthy, no water and all the other wise pro active treatment.my i have never felt so mentally confused at times, (not the fog) but rather nostalgic, and emotional, with thoughts of im done, i think i realize that im too old and tired to try and pickup the mess all those years of boozing has created.its the reality of my landing spot here and now, from what i had and lost to knowing that its gone and not coming back. but no matter what happens, i will face it sober. to all those that have quit for the first time, please stay the course, do not ever think that you can handle it, rationalizing a few drinks won’t hurt. it will. take care everyone

  76. Dear sir/madam iam an alcoholic for over 25 years I drink heavily everyday , since May last year I noticed that if I don’t drink I can’t do anything so I quit drinking going to one year now , but stress and anxiety cannot allow me stay sober, last week I have some drinks daily for 4 days and all seem good but I realized that I’m going back to it again so I quiet again but drinking a lot of water and taking vitamin B3 but the craving is so much that I always feel I will not make it to the next day, negative thoughts always flush my mind daily my back bone crample like wise my tigh I only feel relieved in the night my days are useless will this continue for the rest of my life??

  77. Hi im 21 years old and have been drinking since i was 16 heavily i tend to drink 3 tall 24oz cans of budweiser a night ive been drinking like this for 4 years i can go one night without drinking and not have any effects i am scared to stop cold turkey due to the withdrawals i can have alcohol in my fridge but not drink it one the day i dont drink am i an alcoholic what would i likely go through if i quit all together im having a baby and really want to stop to be a good dad

  78. Hi all. Firstly, thanks for everyone’s replies, I have read every single one and it has been such an inspiration.

    I’m 29 and I’ve been an alcoholic now since I was 19. It started when I was about 16 or 17, going to the park with my mates and bottle of cider, probably quite normal behaviour I thought. Then when I was legally able to buy alcohol I would only drink in the pub. I would only go out Thursday and Saturday nights, but my sole aim was to get drunk. If I didn’t come home drunk then the night was a failure. Anyway, soon I started buying beer for home drinking alone about 3 times a week. This soon turned into about 8 beers (500ml cans) of strong lager/cider. I wasn’t fussy, I just wanted to get drunk. Then of course I went onto the hard stuff. Whiskey, rum, vodka, again I wasn’t fussy. Whatever I could get cheapest. The last 2 years have been the worst, since I moved in with my fiancée as we bought a house together. I have drank whiskey almost every night. I get through about 2 and a half 70cl bottles a week. Finally, after kidney pain and a pain by my lower left rib cage I have decided to call it enough. I am now 16 days sober and although I feel good, I am also starting to loose the motivation to stay sober. Tonight was the first night I really thought about having another drink. I haven’t though. It’s like I’ve forgotten why I’ve stopped in the first place and need reminding about it all. I have an angel on one shoulder telling me to keep at it, and the devil on the other telling me to drink. This is the longest I have ever been without and I really want to stick with it. I don’t want to die early and destroy not only my life, but my fiancée’s and family too. I have been to doctors for blood test and apparently all ok. I take vitamin b complex also. Is there anything else I can do to keep myself going. This website has helped me so much already and I feel like I’ve achieved so much, I just don’t want to throw it all away!

  79. My cousin was an alcholic for years. She doesnt drink anymore but now has seizures everyday for a year. Has Anyone heard of this or what this may be? she now has one at least everyday!

  80. Hi,
    I’ve been an alcoholic for ten years. It’s mostly been beer but at times I’ve mixed with hard alcohol. I hit rock bottom when I was almost fired from a job waitressing and that was literally the last straw considering I’ve been fired from about ten jobs this year. Three days ago I quit drinking. I have a pestering headache plus constant tiredness. I’m really thirsty but water doesn’t seem to help. Any help?

  81. Hi there i want to stop drinking but dont know where to start ive been drinkink for about 15 years now everyday i have between 6 to 8 beers a night and more on weekends its now starting to cach up to me causing me anxiety pannic attacks sometimes the following morning and feel tired after a weekends drinking any advice where to start

  82. I am trying to quit drinking. Since I have I sweat so much at night when I sleep I have to turn my pillow over it is just soaking wet. The sheets get saturated is that from alcohol breaking down or is it another problem. I started to quit the drinking and then broke up with my boyfriend and drank again I am still sweating

  83. I’m a heavy alcohol drinker for 37 years and also had seizure while asleep. A childhood head injury happen to me 5 months ago I Suddenly stopped I mean totally stopped drinking alcohol 2 weeks ago i started to have right arm pains while sleeping. Pains suddenly stops 10 to 15 minutes after I wake up. What may be the cause this problem.

  84. I was a heavy drinker for three or four years, and then went to alcohol rehab and quit cold turkey. While in rehab, the first week, I noticed my vision was not as good, and my already not good hearing was worse. And I also noticed I was having no erectile activity, frequent urination, and almost uncontrolled urination. I have not had a drop of alcohol in nineteen months now. I am legally blind, my vision is perhaps at 20%, my hearing loss has stabilized, I constantly have to go urinate, and when that little voice says to go, I have about thirty seconds, or else I pee in my pants. I have had probably ten erections total in the past nineteen months. Normally I had that many by noon on an average day. I borrowed a Cialis a few months ago, took it, and it had zero effect on me. I am fifty-five years old. I have ferocious tinnitus on occasion. I go through spells of hearing music in my head, usually late at night. Late at night I get a bluish tint on black objects on the computer screen on occasion. I have gone to top vision specialists in two cities, and a neurologist, and they can find nothing wrong with my eyes or neural system; probably over sixty different tests. I spoke with an acupuncture specialist, and he believes that my body has not adjusted to the lack of alcohol in my blood and is either sending not enough, or too much blood to my optic nerve, my inner ear, and my prostrate. At least he gave me something plausible to think about. All of the M.D.’s have no clue. What do you think. Thank you

  85. Just a quick question. I just recently decided to refrain from drinking alcohol, four days ago. I just wondered if the toxins that come.out do so in your urine and bowel movements and how long does this.last.

    Thank you in advance

  86. I can be heavy social drinker at time. Glass of wine 3-4 nights a week gAve the wine for lent. But started sub it with bourbon. Drank heavy sat . Nothing since I feel awful anxious achy trembling/cold chills no fever could this be mild withdrawal symptoms

  87. My 61 year old husband drinks alone. however, hesince on happy meds., have off chart vitiman D levels, has horrible back pains and it’s swollen on his right backside! He has consumed 6/750ml bottles of brandy,1/175ml of brandy so far this month! This is normal…when we go on trips, he has terrible withdrawals after just a short time while tying to hide his drinking seeing that he is a chaplin,colonel ret. and we’ll respected, no one suspect he drinks. Now he is so nervous. ..he can’t drive and he says he’s quitting drinking tomorrow on his birthday! !
    He has tried to stop on trips…he was a basket case, jumping, twiching, worst than a old cat with fleas! I’m afraid he will have a stroke if he goes longer t g an a day without a drink.
    Last month he dranked 3 half gal of brandy,4 750ml bottles of brandy, 2/ 350m of brandy and several cases of stout beer..all of this was in February! !. He goes to the VA.he takes his hope pill with beer!! Drinks black coffee laced with brandy! He’s stiff as a board, and breaths hard when walking. He’s 6’4″ 270 pounds, with a belly. Oh and his breath smells like fruit, and his sneezes smell putrid
    I have never dranked, smoked and am 64 years old and take no meds. I feel great..but hes making me feel like he’s sick, what do you say?

  88. Hello, Addiction Blog and fellow posters.
    My name is Matt, I’m 45 and haven’t had a drink since March of 2010. But here is where my question may seem strange. I didn’t set out to quit drinking. The very thought of any kind of alcoholic beverage just turns my stomach. A little history of how I got here. I began drinking at a very young age. Maybe 10 or 11. By 17 I was out on my own and “partying” is what I lived to do. I would drink a good six pack before work at 7am, and got no hangover and the moment I got off, me and the boys were slamming beers till the wee hours of the morning. I will skip a lot to keep this as brief is possible. Cut to age 34ish. My life was in shambles, in every possible way. I had gone from a happy-go-lucky guy to a man who was ready to become Nicolas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas”. I had become anot anxious, panic attack suffering, agoraphobe. I literally couldn’t get on the train to go to work because all the people. By this time, beer was just a chaser. Straight vodka from the bottle was my habit. It was also around this time that I could drink a ton at nightc, sleep 6 or 7 hours, and wake up so sick I didn’t know what to do. I found that the quicker I got vodka in my gut, I still felt HORRIBLE! but I had to continue up drinking because stopping made me feel worse than additional guests more poison. It became a pattern for me to drInk for up to 17 or 18 days around the clock until one day, I felt my heart struggle as if it was trying get to move molasses through me and I saw what I thought wax a SWAT team out my second story window. I felt my fear had maxed out and my eyes felt like they were rolling backward. I screamed for my roommate to call 911. They were there within moments and by then I was flopping like a fish and couldn’t stop. The cops were there and one knows we my roommate. There werearly email pay bottles everywhere. Puke on the bad floor, and table. The look on their faces is burned into my memory. So I don’t remember much of the first 4 to 7 days at the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness. During awake periods when nobody was in my room, I would see demon-like faces swirling on the wall and I kept feeling good two people were wiper get in my ears from behind me. I had smoked Crack for a dozen years (but quit long before this) and I always looked at booze like one of the more “Tame” drugs. My favorite drug had turned evil on me oh, and I woke up once with a mean nurse telling me to be careful because I had a catheter inserted. Please excuse the long winded post, but it’s been 6 hears of wanting answers that not one doctor of mine seem to have any clue about but more frustratingly, they don’t seem to think know it matters. Now, as ashamed as I was about all this, I committed the same ‘offense’ 5 more times in about 7 months. By now I had a main doctor and specialists for my newly developed plaque psoriasis, pulmonologist, cardiologist.. who had to Iinstall a pacemaker, I had 4 kidney stones, one every couple months, I drank antifreeze for obvious reasons but when I woke up the next morning, I went to the hospital because I didn’t die, but all I could think was that I’d go blind. 4 days on dialysis and a bunch of lectures and I went home. And I was on a ton of meds you then through my physical docs and shrink, but I have never had a single desire to drink since then. I almost feel a little sick when I so much has as cat has a glimpse of vodka. Because I don’t know how to explain things in brief format, I left out that I had been abusing vicoden all the while too. And after my last drunken binge, I graduated to heroin. Fortunately I wasn’t about to start all over with killing myself in the most agonizing ways, I got on methadone quickly. I was soon stable on my dose and stopped using all drugs, but the way I just became sickened by booze as if someone waved a magic wand has been driving me nuts. Can you come up with any explanation, that after the 6th attack of acute alcohol withdrawal, I just couldn’t even think know of swallowing alcohol. You mentioned above about how alcohol is broken down by the body. Could I have broken one of my systems? I am grateful that whatever took place, took place. But I can NOT be the first person who has experienced this “phenomenon”. One word of caution to any readers… my digestive tract has been fried and damaged. To this day , and in spite of all my meds, I feel like battery acid had once flowed through leaving me with internal burns. Sooo….,if you have seen this before or have a guess a as to what clicked…. I’ve been dyin’ to know for many sober years.

  89. My husband drinks 6-8 full glasses of wine daily, how do get him to stop before he loses company car and his job , he as already been done twice for drink driving. I’m really worried because we are a one income family

  90. I quit drinking liquor after 15 years of 6-12 ounces in 3-5 cocktails a day. Day three, sleeping is getting easier, but I’m peeing a lot. I am diabetic now, but sugars well managed and within range. Why am I urinating so much when there seems to be no contributing factor?

  91. I started drinking starting first thing in the morning about 14 months ago. I work a white collar job and thought I was getting away with it. It got to the point where I would almost finish 1.75 Liters a day, and would have to wake up in the middle of the night and drink to get back to sleep. I was physically dependent. I didn’t want to drink anymore so I’m taking 10mg valium 4-5 times a day and have not had a drink in 4 days. I feel fine, but what is going to happen when I get off the valium?

  92. hi,
    my brother was a heavily drinker last 3 years , last week he came home in drunk and he didnt drink after that and start to speak himself and 2 days he didn’t sleep and speaking himself and after 2 days he was fine was slept having food and watch TV after 2 days sometimes he speaking himself. dont know what to do,

  93. I quit drinking one month ago and I’m feeling depressed for no reason. Little things get me upset and I stay upset. I was drinking 3 days a week about 12 beers each day. Could my depression be caused by not drinking? Not that I’m going to go back, I just want to explain why I’m so irritable

  94. My name is Doug,I’m 34 and have been a heavy beer drinker for the last 10 years strong,ranging from 3 to 4, 30 packs a week,by myself. I do construction,asphalt,and have been hospitalized numerous times for excessive dehydration in the past summers. I would never have a appetite,wouldn’t eat dinner,never go anywhere besides work,no family outings unless it involved alcohol. Never go to the store or do family things. Although it is now winter,I’ve set around and drank,and drank,and drank, and sitting here I decided that not only do I deserve better for myself but my family deserves the best as well,and not witness me slowly drown myself with alcohol. Something came over me and I’ve decided it’s time to give it up! It’s only been 3 days,but you got to start somewhere! I have been drinking lots of water hoping my body returns to normal but my sides are killing me. That’s my only physical thing that bothers me.Seen my regular physician 2 months ago and blood work was great! Just unsure why I feel inflamed. Just so scared of my body going into shock and the thought of me leaving my family by trying to help myself worries me. But what has really helped me to quit is keeping myself and my hands busy! Good luck to everyone out there that is in this struggle,I’m with ya!

  95. Dear Sir/Ma’am,
    I am a heavy drinker from the last 3 to 4 years. I have taken alcohol daily during this period. But now i have stopped drinking and its been around 20 days and from the last few days i am feeling a constant pain in my liver and both side on my back. The pain increases and decreases gradually. Kindly advice?

  96. hi my name is craig groves ive been a drinker for the past 8 years or so but before that i was just 4 cans ater work before i new it sneaked up on me ive been in hospital even jail detox on libiam 45ml n brought down day by day for 14day wen released from jail i brought a can i didnt want to voice tell haha can time and i feel ashamed and dirty wen i drink cuz ive been sneak drinking for the past 7 years none stop even waking up at like 3 to drink a can so i can get back sleep ive woke up fitting body locked up seen things wots not there my doctor told me if i dont stop wen i was 28 i wont make 31 im now 31 but i need help n dont no how to do it cuz its not me wanting the drink my wife now hides all money even kids change no beer or cant even go for meals cuz i spoil them buy drinking more more n more n promise i wont buy a can the next day but do first thing as i wont mve inless i no im getting a can i goin my doctors now see if rehabe will help thanks blog cuz my wife thinks i can just stop 13hours ive coughed blood shaking sweeting the lot time to change

  97. Hi, I am 33…started binge drinking around age 14 at least once or twice amonth. From age 17 to 20 I’d say I binged 2-4 times a month. By age 21 I began drinking daily. Not too much at first, maybe 2-4 good stiff mixed drinks. And finally for close to five years (last two especially out of control!) I was drinking at least a liter of whisky on the rocks. That progressed to a 1.75 bottle of vodka daily and still be able to function. On at least 3 occasions I went to the ER to please my worried wife, and the staff would be flabbergasted I was even alive, much less be walking and talking (BAC’s of .47, .49, and another .4 something. With the help of my wife we tried to get me sober. I would shake and convulse so extremely bad, that when she told me to have a couple drinks to stop all the tremens I pysically could not bring the booze to my mouth without spilling most all of it! Anyways, I ended up having an accident, going into month long inpatient, lost my job, my truck, and I was sure I’d loose my soon to be wife (Whose wedding had to be called off) because I’d still be in treatment. That all happened on 9/16/2013 and I have not touched alcohol what-so-ever since that date!!! But now long term symptoms seem to be popping up. Some of them are becoming unbearable and include but are not limited to: headache, nausea, heavy sweating, bad balance, feeling like my legs will give out while walking, vision and hearing changes, incontinennance, impotence/HUGE reduction in semen discharged, and partial and total short term memory loss…just to name a few. PLEASE HELP! This has to be more than my Dr’s ADD prognosis! Seems like alcoholic delirium, or Severe Alcohol Withdrawl?? I did have a bad seizure and was hospitalized, at which point I experienced terrible alcohol tremens.
    Thanks in advance!

  98. Hi, I am 33…started binge drinking around age 14 at least once or twice amonth. From age 17 to 20 I’d say I binged 2-4 times a month. By age 21 I began drinking daily. Not too much at first, maybe 2-4 good stiff mixed drinks. And finally for close to five years (last two especially out of control!) I was drinking at least a liter of whisky on the rocks. That progressed to a 1.75 bottle of vodka daily and still be able to function. On at least 3 occasions I went to the ER to please my worried wife, and the staff would be flabbergasted I was even alive, much less be walking and talking (BAC’s of .47, .49, and another .4 something. With the help of my wife we tried to get me sober. I would shake and convulse so extremely bad, that when she told me to have a couple drinks to stop all the tremens I pysically could not bring the booze to my mouth without spilling most all of it! Anyways, I ended up having an accident, going into month long inpatient, lost my job, my truck, and I was sure I’d loose my soon to be wife (Whose wedding had to be called off) because I’d still be in treatment. That all happened on 9/16/2013 and I have not touched alcohol what-so-ever since that date!!! But now long term symptoms seem to be popping up. Some of them are becoming unbearable and include but are not limited to: headache, nausea, heavy sweating, bad balance, feeling like my legs will give out while walking, vision and hearing changes, incontinennance, impotence/HUGE reduction in semen discharged, and partial and total short term memory loss…just to name a few. PLEASE HELP! This has to be more than my Dr’s ADD prognosis! Seems like alcoholic delirium, or Severe Alcohol Withdrawl?? I did have a bad seizure and was hospitalized, at which point I experienced terrible alcohol tremens.
    Thanks in advance!

  99. Hi, I am 33…started binge drinking around age 14 at least one a month. From age 17 to 20 I’d say I binged 2-4 times a month. By age 21 I began drinking daily. Not too much at first, maybe 2-4 good stiff mixed drinks. And finally for close to five years (last two especially out of control!) I was drinking at least a liter of whisky on the rocks. That progressed to a 1.75 bottle of vodka daily and still be able to function. On at least 3 occasions I went to the ER to please my wife, and they’d be flabbergasted I was even alive, much less be walking and talking. With the help of my wife we tried to get me sober. I would shake and convulse so extremely bad, that when she told me to have a couple drinks to stop all the tremens I pysically could not bring the booze to my mouth without spilling

  100. I am consuming alcohol approximately 150 ml. a day scince 35 years. I wants to quit alcohol. What will be side effects on my mind and body if I suddenly quit ?

  101. After I stopped drinking,I am very tired and no energy even though I go to bed earlier.I also feel feel aches and pains’ more.I have been drinking heavy for over 30years every day.what can I do too feel better

  102. Male: 53 yrs/Smoker < 1 pack per day/290lbs 6'0"/sedentary lifestyle/high blood pressure managed with meds/episodes of gout & diverticulitis.
    My husband started drinking and using street drugs at age 13. For the past 10 yrs (appx) he consumed nearly a full ltr of whiskey every day of the year, with few exceptions. Prior to that, drank to extreme intoxication 3 times a week for 10-15 years. One week ago, he stopped and I've not seen him take a drink since. He won't say what prompted this and its driving me crazy. His hands would be shaking by the time he finished an 8 hr work day and you didn't get in his way until he slugged a couple down. He was a horribly nasty, mean drunk and not much better when "sober". (I never was sure if all the alcohol was ever totally out of bloodstream) He's basically a real ass, BUT..not unusually so. This man's life centered around booze. I could set clocks by him. Is it possible for any human being to do this? I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. Can't find any medications that may have been prescribed to help with any issues of withdrawl. Can anyone give me an elementary explanation of the physiology of alcohol withdrawl?
    I meant to say that he’s a real ass to his family most always, but hasn’t been more of one since the drinking stopped. I would have expected a raging maniac.

  103. Dear Sir/madam, a friend of mine is an alcoholic for last 7 to 8 years and used to drink like a fish. He has left drinking since a couple of days, and let me tell, is suffering great stress in terms of being sick, feeling nauseated, throwing up, severe headaches, no sleepy nights. Also I’d like to add that if he is into sleeping he sleeeps alot then…otherwise if not he doesn’t even get that sound sleep….I’ll be glad if you suggest me something so that all these problems don’t occur..thanx in advance..

  104. I did well over the Christmas but then New Year’s came and other stresses and I hit it hard for a few days. I then even had one Saturday morning and after that I felt ill. My lower stomach felt horrible and I had the pinching feeling in my lower right abdomen back. So I have stopped for good now, I haven’t had a drink since and have had night sweats and a loose bowel movements since but it is starting to settle now. I do have a slight pinching feeling in my lower right abdomen still but I’m hoping it’s just a swollen intestine as I don’t think that is my liver as it is too low. I have really scared myself and am confident I am going to stay abstinent this time.

  105. Help! About 16 years ago (about 1999), I became unconscious for a few seconds while driving on the freeway. Luckily, I didn’t hit anything. My wife picked me up and we went straight to the emergency room. All tests were normal. Fast forward to 2005, it happened again while driving and I was able to get into the off-ramp of the freeway but this time I crashed into the guard rail. When I regained consciousness I called 911 and my wife. Paramedics told me my heart rate was 36. After some tests, the ER doc said I suffer from dehydration and suggested I drink more water. (So I started drinking a couple extra beers, just kidding). Similar events have happened 2-3 times per year and after seeing 2 Cardiologists, 2 Neuro Surgeons, MRI’s, CT scans and a blood Glucose test, all Docs say it is dehydration and or Vasovagal Syncopy. I’m not o sure. The common denominator is it almost always happens within a couple days of heavier drinking followed by no drinking for a day. I usually drink a couple glasses of wine (or equivalent) per day, but when I get these events usually after a night of more than my usual 1-2 drinks per day 4 to 6 drinks but not every time I have those amounts. I enjoy a Margarita a couple times a week and I enjoy a coupe beers or a couple glasses of good red wine every day but maybe my body is becoming intolerant. I am 54 years old. Is it possible, all those doctors misdiagnosed me and that I am actually an alcoholic? Do I need treatment? I stopped driving voluntarily so I am dependent on others which really sucks but I don’t want to hurt myself or anyone else.

  106. My boyfriend drinks a minimum of 2 gallons of gin per week he is 59 years of age what is the best action for his recovery? He has underlying medical problems such as hypertension.

  107. My husband stopped drinking this morn.he drinks alot.now his shaking vomiting badly.what can I give him to calm him down

  108. I have been sober 130. I have been having pretty painful headaches off and on for about a month. People are saying its related to detoxing. Isn’t it a little past the detoxing point?

  109. Respected sir/madam,
    I have been an addict since around 10 years.. Of late for about 3years I have been drinking heavily. Now I decided to stop. Its been around two days since I stopped n I feel I ve become a psycic person. What m I to do?? My mind is not the way I want it to work!

  110. I am almost 31 yrs old. Now from 2007-early 2010 I drank rather heavily mostly for fun at first would binge with the guys but be sober for family/work things. After a failed relationship I hit bottle really hard and started having the obsession/withdrawal symptoms. I was sober for 3 yrs and doing AA, then 2013 to present I have been drinking but now at moderate levels I believe(4 drinks max a session). I got tired of having the addict label and have found after abstinence I can moderate now. Is this normal or is moderate drinking a bad idea? I don’t put away nowhere near where I used to but I still ponder over less drinking being a problem or is it possible I learned my lesson the hard way lol? Also the heavy drinking days I was skinny, but now moderate I weigh more. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Sincerely, Scott.

  111. Dear Alann,
    I feel the exact same way you do! I have been an on and off drinker for 40 years. I come from alcoholic parents and siblings! I start for a while drinking a pint of rum a day and then stop for weeks then start again! I am in one of those stop periods. I feel better when I stop drinking and then after a time I say heck why not just one drink….which always takes me to my pint a day! I know I should stop completely, I have tried AA but can’t relate to the program at all! I have also had that pinched feeling in my liver. I also can relate to the bathroom thing! I have never lost anything due to my drinking like a job, family etc. In AA they say you have to hit bottom, just what is bottom though? I am not a day drinker, but by 8 pm nightly its like a bell going off…time to drink that pint! I truly want to stop and wish there was the RIGHT program to help me. Right now I am not drinking so IF I make it through the Holiday Season without drinking I feel I have made it! I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and an especially Happy New Year!

  112. Really kind of relieving to hear other stories similar and know you are not in the same boat. My story is I’ve struggled with dink ever since I used to smoke weed. Once I gave that up I moved on to the drink in my early twenties. Not heavy at first but it got heavy at points. I’ve had periods where I have quit for a couple of years. This has been going on for 15 years or more, this last 12 months though I have hit a hard time in my life and feel depressed. This however has turned in to a vicious circle of drinking and this seems to make my mood worse, yet I keep going back to it and round and round I go. Anyway it all came to a head last week, I have been drinking about half a bottle of vodka a night for the last 3 or 4 months, some nights I could drink that much and the wife wouldn’t even know. Just to clarify this is evening only till last week when a couple of days I woke up depressed and thought why not and had a few in the morning. Anyway one day late last week I was off work all week (hence the day drinking) but this morning I was sober, It got to lunch time and I made some food and sat down to start eating watching the tv. Suddenly half way through I realised I wasn’t enjoying my food and I couldn’t concentrate on the TV then suddenly it hit me, fast heart rate, my brain went weird, it felt like it was skipping, I felt scared, anxious and to be honest if someone had given me a pill to end it all I would have right there I just wanted it to stop and I thought I was having a heart attack. Anyway I called my wife home, she got me up to bed and got me some paracetamol and a biscuit to keep sugar levels up and then to sleep, I woke a little while later and felt groggy but better. Ever since then I quit the drink (7 days tonight). I have always been active I used to run 10k’s and played a fair amount of sport and started running again. Recently though I had stopped all that in favour of getting drunk. I don’t know what this turn was whether it was a migraine that turned in to a panic attack or whether it was a straight panic attack I don’t know but it scared the hell out of me. I have quit at the worst time but I have one thing on my side and that is a good will power. Can I make it over the festive period without binging? Who knows only I can do it and I will try. My thoughts go out to all the people trying to give up or have given up, I feel your pain and salute you for trying, especially those who have depression and find themselves in that vicious circle. Stay strong people, there is more to life than the bottle and we all have to try and remember that! Have a good Christmas all.

  113. I recently quit drinking (on week 4). For several years I would drink a fifth of whiskey and beers on top of it. I could literally feel my body breaking down. I could feel mild pinching like sensation in my liver, I gained a ton of weight over one summer and realized the jig was probably up with this: I’m either going to get clean or die, it’s all down hill from here.

    For about a week to 10 days, I experienced what could be considered mild flu-like symptoms. I still wake up with sore muscles, but the headaches and sickly sensation for the most part is gone. I’ve already dropped about 20lbs without changing my diet or adding exercise (Though this is coming soon). All signs point to I’m on the right track and though I am sure to have my moments of temptation, my will to not drink right now is very strong, so I’m sticking with it.

    Sounds silly & gross, but one thing you really take for granted is pooping. As a drunk, every #2 was diarrhea or constipation. After about a week of not drinking, I took my first normal dump in forever and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relieved in my life.

  114. I was drinking for four years…..I decided to stop it…can I stop it by own….is there any side effects for that?..or else should I consult a doctor

  115. Hi I drank over 12 pack beer since I was 15 I quit for one year when I was 30 than started drinking everyday again 12 day .I stopped drinking daily past three year I went to every other wk 3 4 beers only .today I want to quit for couple months n after mayb only drink couple beer every other wk if I decide too . I know I did damage to my body. But my question is how much and can I do anything to repair myself .what do you think I can do to not get cancer or any alcohol related diseases too soon. I consider myself very blessed for not already .but I’m scared I have damaged myself prob just matter of time

  116. Dear Sir / Madam
    My GP has said for me to contact a local clinic which I have but I have had no response
    I am not sure what to do
    I have been a heavy drinker for over 30 years and when I mentioned to the Doctor I have almost quit she said that was not advisable
    Can you tell me what I should do please

    1. Hi, Derek. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, immediate assistance is available. Call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment provider.

  117. HI all, I was found in the street two weeks ago, totally blacked out with major injuries to my lip and forehead. Ambulance came. etc and was expelled from the ER. Embassing week at work. The problem is, I can’t stop drinking, maybe a weak mind? It makes me forget about the past, and also I get mind-boggling headaches to the point were I turn away visitors unless I am buzzed.

  118. Quit drinking 3 days ago and still can’t hold down water or food. I tried easy soups. Nothing stays down more than a few minutes. Dry heaving. Sometimes stomach acid. Bile. What can I do. I’m loosing a lot of weight.

  119. I was a binge drinker . I started drinking at 16 on weekends and now im 43 . I decided to quit drinking due to my wife and kids hated it, my parents always making cuts at me about it and my health. I am a functional drunk . I had alot of friends and that’s what we did. One I started drinking I didn’t stop for 4 to 5 days and then when i came off the binge I hurt for 4 to 5 days. I had fun but it was miserable at the same time if that makes any sense. I have been sober fo 73 days today. Cold turkey. I have good days and bad days. Mostly good. But my body is stiff most days. I don’t know if that’s normal. I drink a gallon of fresh water a day. My point is is it normal to be sore and stiff?? Thank you in advance.

  120. Hi my dad is 68 and has been alcohol free for 7 days but struggling as he has drank for 50 yrs he is now getting worse but I think he needs vitamins to boost him. What can I do to help him I am extremely worried about him he is no youngster. Pls can u give some advice he is so tired and almost falling over from being light headed. Thanks Nick I

  121. I’ve been stubborn for too long. I’m intoxicated while I am writing this message. For about 2.5 years I’ve had a drinking problem. It cost me an o.u.i., thousands of dollars, and a totalled car… for the first year I drank every other night until I passed out. Now I drink literally just about every single night. The amount I drink is way too much. I drink a 1.75 liter handle in 2 nights. Yesterday I drank light beers and over three quarters of a handle. My tolerance is away too high and I drink way too much. I recently quit for 6 days then slipped and drank for Sunday football and haven’t been able to stop since. I have constant heart burn, trouble breathing, memory not what it used to be, and I’m only 29. I don’t want to depend on help but I’m starting to wonder if maybe I can’t do this on my own…

  122. If a person has relapsed and consumed alcohol for a few days, but her blood showed no alcohol in it that last night, is it possible she still had withdrawal effects in coordination or behavior?

  123. Sir I am a regular drinking since 10 YEars but once my bp raised so I have left drinking since 8 months I have face many problems but I haven’t even touched it I am doing yoga and sometimes I felt that my pulse is going down I am going to die but my bp is normal pls suggest what should I do

  124. Hello, my name is Caesar and i have been drinking heavey these past 7-8 years 4-8 shots wild turkey 101 and a six pack of beer some times more. I have neen sober now for about 6 days only because i ran out of money but i want to stay clean for good. I need advice.. are my organs gonna shut down im getting really nervous.

  125. I need help how to fix me. I have been doing a half gallon a day for the last 10 years. I’m really starting to feel bad. I started when my mom passed. She passed because of a alcohol seizures. I don’t want to lose my family. What’s my best bet? I grew up in a alcoholism family. Please help me. I’m trying to dry out but it’s hard. I can’t go to work without a few shots. Please help

    1. Hi Eddie. Reaching out to us here is a great first step! Help and support are available to help you stop drinking, plus continued treatment and counseling can lower chances of relapse and help you maintain your sobriety. Please call the free helpline number displayed on our site to reach our trusted treatment providers and ask for alcohol addiction treatment.

  126. I am NOT an everyday drinker but I do drink like Fridays and Saturdays and right now I’m not drink at all does that affect my body.

  127. I am a 22 year old college student I have been drinking almost daily for two years. Just recently I noticed that my urine was a dark color and smelled strongly. I thought it might be because of dehydration but 2 days ago I also noticed that I was bruising at the mildest bumps and scratched. I hope that It is not too late for me to gain a health liver.

  128. Hi. I am 21 year old male who have been drinking since 17 years old. I have not a drink in 3 days and I have experienced a panic attack due to anexity a night ago. It was vey frustrating to get some rest but I was able to sleep on and off until last night. I was able to sleep through the mild chest pain. Right now Ive been itching like a crawling feeling. My bp currently is 131-84. Tgere has not been any headaches, vomiting or anything of that sort except constipation which by the way is gone. I have an upcoming doctors appointment to explain whats been going. Id just like to know if I should see a doctor or maybe wait a month and see what happens.

  129. I’ve been drinking 180 ml whisky daily for last 10 years- Indian. Before that, I used to have scotch whisky in a gulf country for 20 years. The quantities varied as I used to buy cartons of 750 ml bottles. I am tired of whisky n want to quit.

    In the gulf, I enlisted in AA but as I had not harmed my family or friends, they told me to leave as it seemed that I was a social drinker. They all had gone through the rough tumble of life – many had ruined their families n some were in prison. In the meetings, I raised objections on certain old timers playing politics. In spite of several years of sobriety, many were still lacking. So please guide me. I am 67 yrs old n diabetic but my glucose levels are normal.

  130. Hi
    I was quit alcohol for 21 days , after that i relapse for 1 week contious drink again 2 days stopped today is second day , pls help me more

  131. I am a drunk..I have been drinking excessively for 10 years…Nothing to show or account for..No wife,No job,drop out,I used to be the brightest and smartest kid in high school but now I am going through a black out..Memory loss and al of that,low self esteem….I am trying to quit alcohol and cigarette and pills..it has not been easy with me..I am practically a sinking ship and my friends have stopped believing in me,I lack focus,i have lost respect ..As much as i try to quit,my whole reference group are also drinkers,They keep calling me to hang out..I don’t want to stay idle so I don’t wallow in despair ..I have to meet them up and since I am an extremely nice person..I get a free drink of vodka..I drink beer,vodka than basically everybody else on this post…I drink anything.I am always high,Monday to sunday..dawn till dusk with at least 4 packs of cig..bottom to bottom ..I have tried to stop but it has been very hard..I panic,anxiety at it’s height..I sometimes loose my memory and can’t function normal even at social gatherings or function.. ..I need to stop this act…but right now one shot of alcohol gets me back on check ..It’s like a fuel my body needs but am drowning seriously.I need some help.I am crying while typing this..I need some help.I hide behind the shadows of alcohol..i passed through severe depression last year and alcohol failed to help..I am just getting off that but i know I need to stop..As I type this i have had a big 4 beers and 2 jack daniels ..I need some help…

  132. Hello all. I’ve been drinking beer regularly for the last 13 years.over the last 10 years it’s been 15 beers 2-3x a week. The hangovers at times were horrible but I was able to shake them off being young and still hold a normal life. It’s gotten a worse over the last 5 years adding another day of drinking, basically every other day but I did quit two times during this time. Once for a whole year and another time 7 month. I am ready to quit again for a while because I’m just sick and tired of being sick and tired. 4 days ago I binged hard for the day and had to miss work the next day. I’ve been clean now 3 full days and starting to feel better except for the insomnia and body aches which brought me here. Good luck to all and stay positive during your time of cleaning up. It goes a long way .

  133. Ok after many years of drinking i have stopped for months at a time. then i go threw serious depression. then i start back drinking im fine and have a want to do things. if i dont drink i dont want to go out of house.this is after alcohol has been out of my system for months now.

  134. Hello,

    I have been drinking from last 27 years but from last 10 years i drink half bottle or some times more every evening, i decided to stop and have not been drinking from last 10 days. Please advise if i have to take any medicine or its fine as i felt sleepy first two days a little bit stomach upset but now i am feeling ok. Regards, Vikas

  135. Hi all. I’m a 51 yr old husband and father of two who somehow holds a decent job despite drinking between 375 ml and 750 ml of vodka per day for 6+ years. I hide, I sneak and ultimately fool no one but myself. It’s taken its toll on many thing but by the grace of God I still have a loving family. Abusuve drinking in other forms goes back 25 years. Late last week I came down with bronchitis so there was no desire to drink Saturday or sunday. Monday I went on antibiotics which preclude me from drinking for 5 more days. As I write this I’m in day 5 without a drop, nor any desire to have one as I’m still quite uncomfortable from the bronchitis. I’m waiting for some horrible withdrawal symptoms to set in. Is it too soon? Is there danger in my using this as a springboard to quitting? I feel a little weak and tired, but that my be the bronchitis. Thoughts?

  136. This is for my mother. I need your help! My mother started back drinking bout 8 months ago. My sister and me expressed to her how we felt about her decissiom. At 1st it started out about a 6 pack once a week. Now over the past 8 months she has went to (2) bottles of wine, or almost a 5th whiskey, sometimes more a day. She starts drinking before 10 o’clock a.m. She hardly ever eats anymore, she just drinks. She has said she would slow down & I know that’s better than nothing. But according to your article that’s not good for either. She stays agree and mad all the time. Doing & saying things that just don’t make any sense. Example: she thought that after Sept. 05,2015 came Sept. 16,2015. Could some of this be part of her stop drinking for bout three days, then goes back to drinking. Is this very dangerous for her. Please help me with my mama. Thank you for your time. Debbie

    1. Hi Debbie. Your mom will need structured and professional help to stop drinking successfully. I suggest you call the helpline number displayed on our page to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers. She’s lucky she has two wonderful daughters to take care of her and support her through her recovery.

  137. Guys seizures, DTs, hallucinations etc only effect a very small percentage of people and most would have some acute underlying problem to begin with that they are aware of IE emotional risks, prior seizures, epilepsy, schizophrenia etc etc

    Ex daily drinker checking in here, go cold turkey the overwhelming vast of you will be fine and the few others will know well before anything goes wrong that they need help.

    Worst part, being 3-4 nights sober and knowing you will never have those awesome dreams you had the first two nights dry.

    Write down what happens in those dreams, enjoy..

  138. hi my son has been an alcoholic for about 17 years has stopped drinking for the last month witch is great he is drinking loads of flueds and eating well he is still loosing weight is this normal thanks

  139. I’m 55, been drinking 5 or 6 evenings a week since late teens early 20’s. I always drink a half pint of Crown Royal with water and maybe one beer before I’m done for the evening. My blood work always comes back fine, liver enzymes, etc. But my big reason for trying to quit is because drinking really drains all my energy in the past couple years waay more than during all the earlier years. Why is that?

  140. stopped drinking for four days now after twenty years on and off heavyish drinking, culminating in me drinking bottle and half wine or six cans strong cider every week day after work, more at weekend for last two years. since I stopped i had a constant bad headache, painkillers not touching it. feels like a terrible hangover headache and it won’t go away…

  141. I am 55 years old and over the last 3 years I’ve had a daily craving for beer in the evening. So, I drink. The thing is, after 2 x 12-oz (2 x 350ml) of beer, I’m fine. I don’t get drunk and all sense of craving is gone. I’ve been to AA meetings to hear people talk ~ most always about their low bottom experiences. I relate to their stories up to the point of experiencing that “craving.” But, I don’t keep on drinking as people often talk about in their recounting of their drinking days. I feel pressured (self pressured?) in the AA meetings to call myself an alcoholic …. when I honestly really don’t know if I am. Perhaps there is a danger in AA when people call themselves alcoholics when the facts don’t undeniably corroborate that the “I’m an alcoholic” label applies. Maybe it does. I just don’t know. I wonder if there’s a support group (online?) for people who don’t drink vast quantities but are concerned about the craving.

  142. My friend is an acholic he almost died to the exact day last year…he started drinking again…now he is sweating all the time pooping all day long and complains his stomach feels tore up…what can i do to help him

  143. Ugh! I find myself lying here on a typical Saturday morning feeling sick to MY stomach…lots of anxiety and stress…worry and concern. Because of MY drinking? No….I don’t drink. I used to on ocassion, but I get migraines and I have IBS….it was fun sometimes to have a buzz, even when I first met my husband…but watching him? I lost any desire to drink. My stress and anxiety, worry and concern…the pains in my stomach and heart? They come from living with an alcoholic. I love this man more than words can say. It is heartbreaking to watch and deal with the abuse he does to himself daily.
    EVERY SINGLE DAY it’s a case of beer. If I’m lucky he may miss a few because he’s tired. The smell permeates his skin. His moods change sometimes instantaneously for what seems to me like no reason at all. One minute everything is fine and then whammo….he is pissed off and my day or night or both is/are ruined. I spend more time trying to placate him and make him happy. Apologize for crap I didn’t even do just so we can have a decent time. We are most always home. We don’t go out…he doesn’t drive when he drinks thankfully…and it’s honestly not very fun to be out with someone who drinks like a lot of ppl chain smoke. He can’t drink his beer if we are OUT somewhere so that puts us at home. We have property we are in the process of building a home on and when we go out there he is great…works hard and has a good time fishing etc…but as soon as we walk in the door? Pounding the beer down…almost at a pace to make up for time lost during the day spent elsewhere. Now, if you ask him? He doesn’t have a drinking problem. Hasn’t had one apparently since he was about 14! He is soon to be 52! Was in the Marine Corps for 4 years…served at the White House (8th & I) 2 years and then was front lines in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Family History? Yep. Lots of dysfunction…abusive alcoholic father. Alcoholic mother w mental issues. Alcoholic younger brother who was sexually abused by a neighbor in his teens and younger sister w multiple personality disorder on lots of mess that we are not allowed to discuss. There’s a family business that the 3 kids have …I won’t even get into the crazy mess that is…dad set that up so the 2 younger kids had a place to work. Though my husband was the only one who had worked there….and had since he was old enough to work. Dad promised to pass it on to HIM..JOKE! There is a lot of bitterness and resentment and dad? Oh he has “retired’ a few times and still comes in and “works” with insurance benefits for he and the new wife …phones for them both…a company credit card….we don’t do credit cards! Way too much chaos.
    My husband has PTSD but if you ask him? The doesn’t even truly exist! People who go to war just deal with stuff. Grow up! Thank God he got his back fixed and got off pain meds…used to mix those with the alcohol.and the d.o.c. used to be vodka which made him very hateful. I have gotten him to have his stomach n liver etc checked by my gastroenterologist. He told me everything looked surprisingly good. My stomach though? Is a mess. Said he is more concerned about MY health
    The stress of living with an alcoholic can be detrimental apparently. I can tell you this….it is horribly, painstakingly hard. I do NOT want to leave him….I adore him. He is a great guy….but he is SICK. I also do NOT want to lose him. So….you all tell me….what is someone like me supposed to do? Cuz I hear people say…if you love them enough you make them get the help they need or be willing to walk away. It is NOT that simple. It really isn’t. I welcome the input. I also pray any of you who are in the same shoes as my husband and read this….hear MY hurt and get help. You are not just hurting yourselves. This kills the people who love you! I’m lying here listening to him snore …the smell of stale beer permeating the roo…making me nauseous…and still? I thank God for the fact he is breathing and I have another day with him. Which one of us is suffering??

  144. Since the time my loving German Shepherd fell ill last Nov and we understood that he doesn’t have much time left (eventually he left me in Feb this year), I took to drinking on a weekend basis, ie Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, @2 large pegs a day. Recently my wife left for the USA on a two month holiday and in order to suppress my separation anxiety I took to drinking daily, generally two large pegs but of late unlimited drinking. Problem is, I’m a type 2 diabetic, with normal levels of 110-144 including fasting and PP. But now, I’ve brought trouble on to myself. Blood sugar levels during fasting have been of the range 156 – 248. Mornings are bad, can’t wake up, can’t work in the office. My wife is still away.

    I’m not going to the doctor simply because I know his answer. I’m trying to quit drinking and then see the effect.
    Please suggest.

  145. Hello everyone I was a heavy HEAVY drinker. One day I up and decided I can quit drinking it’s easy. So I did. So for all you alcoholics out there you CAN DO IT. Just trust in yourself. I didn’t need to fxuking AA Meetings or none of that bullshit. Like Nike says just do it. Just fuxking quit

  146. I have been sober for 9 months after drinking heavily for 12yrs, like $120 a day on Jack. Will the tremors or shakes ever go away?

  147. in my relative, parrent drinking so much, what happen when they leave alcohol directly? this can causes any problem to them?

  148. Hello , Im a type of person that doesnt drink everyday but when i drink i tend to drink my face off, and its causing me problems at home and work. Also i feel sick and getting alot of acid reflux. Im trying to quit but have fail everytime.pls help

  149. Hi,
    I recently went on a 5 day drinking binge. I was sober for a year. I’ve had major night sweats and have drank so much water, & coconut water. Still a little shakes but I also took a small piece of xNax to help with withdrawals. I have a pretty fast metabolism and sweat a lot. How long will this stay in my system? I had a couple glasses of wine yesterday, and am praying I don’t get tested! How can I speed up the process? Do I just continue to chugg water? Please help!!

  150. When you quit drinking, can it result in bowel problems such as constipation and small amounts of thin bowel movements?

  151. Hi Stephen. Seizures, hallucinations, and/or delerium tremens are common symptoms people experience when going cold turkey after such long periods of drinking such high amounts of alcohol. We suggest that you seek MEDICAL SUPERVISION during alcohol withdrawal; medical professionals may recommend a number of different protocols with or without a gradual taper from alcohol dosing and will probably prescribe medications which will help the central nervous system adapt easier to the absence of alcohol. But you’ll definitely want to seek medical help to make the process smoother, less risky, and to avoid real-and-present danger. All the best to you!

  152. Hello, I drink approx. 20 to 30 beers a day and have for approx. 10 years. I can drink a keg in about 7 days, which is 24 beers a day. I am planning on quiting cold turkey. I’ve heard this could kill me ??? Is there any truth to this ???

  153. I stopped drinking 2 and a half months ago. My head feels weird; I also have chest pains. My heart beats rapidly, I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2013. I wa a heavy drinker for a year and a half, I have panic attacks, I just feel weird everyday. When will this pass. Its affecting everything in my life.

  154. Heavy drinker that has slowly taken everything away from me, I’ve been a relatively successful drunk over the years and wasn’t until last week where I realized if I went out one more night I wouldn’t be able to afford my rent. Or my bus pass for next month (lost my right to drive last year), I moved to a big city at the beginning of the height of my drinking and have basically binged for the last six months, it’s affected my work, essentially the last thing I have as a positive in my life. I’m on day three and I’ve got oily skin and have only slept cumulatively of about 5 hours, terrible night sweats when I do sleep. I was prepared for all of this from my other unsuccessful attempts, but my lack of hunger….this is a first. I have some hunger pangs throughout the day but no real will to cook and at night I just sit on the couch and watch tv. Any idea when my previous love for food will come back? Eating a few handful of chips or a slice a cheese I know isn’t enough to sustain me, but truly have no dizzy spells, feel weak or anything that would be associated with hunger. I know this isn’t going to be an easy road ahead but just a little concerned on the here and now and that’s the lack of hunger…..any ideas?

  155. Pretty much daily drinker for 11 years. AM 40 yr female. started daily within a new relationship with someone who had Coors Light in his fridge at all times, so a few beers after work and throughout the evenings. A little more on weekends. My tolerance became so high after a few years I switched to vodka because it took too many beers for me to get drunk. The last 6 years been having weeks where I would drink anywhere from 3-5 days straight-be drunk on vodka 24/7 for up to 5 ays. Then I would be at the point where I could not physically drink anymorre-i’d vomit. so i had to take a few days off and go through withdrawals which included vomit, nausea, gry heaves, puking bile and stomach acids, sweats and chills. Would last about 2- 21/2 days and when I gelt better start drinking again. Recently diagnosed with Hep C and just generally disgusted with myself and the fact that I was kliterally doing nothing but either getting drunk or being sick like a cycle for many many months. Have about 32 days sober now and no urges or cravings but I expected I’d feel a thousand times better by now, but I am exhausted, sleep most of the time, depressed and still low prductivity. it is getting a bit better each day, but seriously, how long til I fully reap the benefits of taking better care of myself. 40, 150lbs, 5’5″

  156. Can u plz tell me, my mothar was alcohalic,one month sobar, aftar quit alcohal which helthe problem comes,& which test require for her helth,how can I will help my mothar for helthy life,aftar that is liver how create the problem,becoz some people say es that liver create problem plz sagest me safe my mothar she is 53 years old plz help me plz

  157. My fiancé’s mother was watching Dr. Oz who she listens to all the time and told him that he has the mind of an 18-year-old because that is when he started drinking. This has really devastated him. I am a nurse and I have never heard this nor did I watch Dr. Oz program. Is there any evidence that your your cognitive state will be that of when you began drinking?

    1. Hi Robin. That’s a bunch of made-up lies and I cannot believe anyone would believe that. It is simply medically not possible and completely false. Long-term and chronic alcohol use does seriously affect your health, brain and body, but it does not leave you with the mind of the person you were when you started drinking.

  158. I had a big relapse about 9 days ago tried to make it back to AA today but was to sick. Today is day 1 I was drinking about a pint or more or Vodka for 9 days I weigh about 112 and used it to medicate for anxiety I was wondering how long it will take the Vodka to leave my system

  159. I wasn’t an alcoholic. In January I just woke up not wanting to drink. Tonight I had a beer and now I’m nauseous. Is it because of the beer and why is my body all of a sudden resistant?

  160. I am 59, I have been drinking rum every day for more then 40 years. I average a pint or a little more per day. I simply decided on July 4th to become INDEPENDENT from alcohol. I was sick of being sick and tired. My question is not how to not drink anymore, it is why I am not having any type of withdrawals what so ever?? Although feeling a little “down” emotionally and a bit physically drained, I seem to be doing okay physically! I expected to have shakes and a nasty attitude and all the terrible things that have been said to me about when you stop drinking! I know its only been 12 days, but I am actually optimistic that I won’t ever touch alcohol again! I have been involved with AA before and felt that it was not for me! I never had all those terrible things happen to me that they discuss at meetings. So please explain why I seem to be so different then the normal person who has had a problem with drinking! For the record alcoholism runs in my family.

  161. I have quit smoking since last 8 days and for average a day smoked about 5 fags. Since last 16 years now want to quit drinking beer is it safe to quit both simantuasly

  162. I have a brother, he is 23 years old, he has been drinking since last 8 years, he had started with beer and slowly went on to whisky wine and drinks with large amount of alcohol, six months ago he had quit drinking completely and now has started once again. He drinks beer everyday, I am afraid how are things going to be later, please suggest me what should I do to stop him from drinking and he is going to get married soon, my problem is for till the day he gets married because I am sure he will never drink after he gets married. Because those six months when he had quit drinking he used to spend time with the girl but due to some family problems he has not been able to meet her and will not meet her till the day he ties the know with her. Marriage might take another 2 years so please suggest me what should I do till then? Is he at some bigger risk of getting any liver disease? Is one beer a day fine for him or it might create problems later on? I am really tensed up because last November I lost my father due to having an Advanced Cirhossis, I dont want to lose my brother now. Please suggest the best possible thing.

  163. I am tupi, 29 yrs old, i used to drink alchol for d past 10 yrs. I suddenly stopped drinking. N now i jst dnt knw whats hapening to me. I jst feel like i hav gone mad. Unwanted thoughts come in my mind. I had sleepless night would wakeup anytime at night. My heartbeat goes fast. Breathing problmes. Dan my dad took me to the doctor even took sleeping peels. N now i met a physiatherapist he prescribed me tablet pregalin. Im on tablets for d past 5 months. Sumtimes im almost normal. N sumtimes my mood jst goes off n i really remain quite even dnt like to talk with abnybody. My mind gets confused. N i become restles. Life has become hell. Is it bcoz of depression. My friends told me its bcoz of sudden withdrawal of alchol. I jst literaly cry sumtimes. I dnt want to spoil.my life. Plzz help.me…

  164. I’ve been drinking daily for about two years, maybe a little longer. Taken about 2-3 weeks off a couple times (for antibiotic treatment), but replaced it with weed to quell the insomnia and anxiety. Now I have moved into an apartment and have a job where I need to be up early, and the only way I can seem to fall asleep is by drinking beer. I hate being dependent on it, but am afraid of sleeping the day away if I do not, as my body is still accustomed to my sleep schedule from college, so I find it hard to fall asleep before 2 am, sometimes later.

    Typically, I have around 3-4 beers a night. Some days I’ve been able to only have two. Other times, when my anxiety is really bad, I’ll have up to 6, but usually never over that unless I’m out with friends, which is rare. I am not concerned as much with the amount I drink in a single night as I am with the fact that it’s every night. I wish that I could just go back to smoking weed everyday, but it seems that when I do smoke, I no longer feel good: I feel out of place and, if I’m having a really off day, it will trigger a panic attack. I have also tried replacing and tapering with xanax, however, the next day I inevitably feel odd and not quite myself. I want to quit but cherish my booze-laden sleep oh so much.

    Reading the comments on here has been inspiring, and made me realize I need to stop cold turkey before it gets worse. As of right now, my only symptoms when I stop are insomnia, anxiety and irritability. I am wondering how much damage I am doing to my body/have already done and, assuming I stay at a steady 4 beers, how long it would take for the alcohol to cause liver damage/bodily harm. I want to quit immediately, however, I’m not sure how realistic that is considering I feel as though I am not ready when I do try.

    I know the damage depends largely on the individual and may be impossible to tell, but I would be curious as to how my habit is perceived by others that have dealt with alcoholism. I have started eating healthier and exercising vigorously for an hour, twice a week, beginning a few months ago. A big thanks to everyone who shared their own story, it has allowed me to see this problem much more clearly.

    1. Hi Hayley. If you take a bottle of wine, mix it with water and drink the whole thing, you have still drank a whole bottle of wine. I’m just trying to explain the logic here, not implying you drink a bottle of wine. If you are trying to lower your alcohol intake and quit drinking seek doctor’s help.

  165. Hi, I recently quit drinking alcohol after being a severe binge he drinker for almost 15 years. I am now fascinated with what the body goes through as we take in alcohol, and the adjustments it has to make to deal with its constant presence. There is a lot of info out there about that, but my question is what are the long term things that happen in the body after we are able to quit? I know there’s obvious symptoms in the beginning of withdrawal, but does the body continue to cleanse? Is there alcohol stored in our tissues somewhere that eventually gets released after a while? I noticed my skin is looking better, but what is happening to a persons insides as it starts to learn over time it doesn’t have to deal with alcohol? And do these changes go on for years (I know psychologically we deal with the issue for a long time) but purely physically how long does our body continue to change and adjust after stopping? Thanks for your generous information on this, its helpful and inspiring 🙂

  166. Hello… I’m 22 years old guy and I have been drinking for about 6 years almost everyday… I stopped now… Doctors said 3 years ago that they found no cirrhosis in blood test… But they said I had potention into that if I keep drinking for about another 5 – 10 years… I don’t have any symtoms of that disease… I’m not yellow, not vomiting nothing… Just sometimes I have small amounts of pains in belly, but it’s only when I drinking a lot… I don’t want eat… I only eat once a day… Is that possible that my liver can recover ? I also really liked coffee and I heard that coffee somehow stops this brutal disease 80% is that true ????? Maybe I still have a chance ?

    1. Hello Reptile. The only way you can know for sure is if you get and get tested again. However, drinking alcohol and coffee every day, and eating infrequently can mess with other organs in your GI tract and cause gastritis and/or ulcers. That may be causing the pains in your belly. But, I’m just guessing based on what you’ve described in your comment. So, get checked to know if you have damaged some organs and whether treatment can be applied.

  167. Im a heavy drinker I have veen for about 4 years and I want to quit can I quit cold turkey or what is the safest way to quit

  168. I have been only drinking on weekends and rarely during the week. I was mostly drinking rum and coke and I have stopped drinking all together for a few months to “cleanse”, as well as cutting down on the cokes. I am now getting headaches on Saturdays and Sundays when I wake up. I’m not sure if this is related to caffiene withdraws or related to not having a few drinks on the weekends.

  169. All very interesting, but what the heck? What EXACTLY are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

    You say that stopping drinking causes withdrawal.
    You say it only occurs if someone is physically dependent on alcohol.
    You say when it starts, how long it can last and that it can be life threatening.

    But, please? What are the actual symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? I don’t know because I don’t drink heavily or regularly, but I have loved ones who do. I would like to know what they will potentially be facing should they decide to change their habits.

    Thank you.

  170. My husband is an alcoholic, he is a publican but has lost control, he has been drinking at least 10 pints of cider every day for the last 5 months. He is now out of the pub and knows that he cannot just stop straight away as it is dangerous. He is covered in bruises and new ones just appear for no reason, his urine is orange. He knows it will be hard as he has been through a similar case years ago. is he in danger with the above symptons, he said he will go to the doctors Monday, will he be okay to leave it till then?

    1. Hi no name. At this point it’s a good idea to see the doctor. Will you be there for support?

  171. I just recently cut from 10 beer a day to about 2. I’ve been vomiting and sweating all night but functional. The one thing that worries me is my urine. I’m drinking 2 liters a day of water, yet it’s often very dark. Is that normal?

    1. Hi Justine. Have you been examined by a doctor yet? If not, please call for an appointment as soon as possible. You may need to be medically treated while detoxing from alcohol.

  172. My boyfriend is a recovered alcohol of one year . He went to rehab for one month. Now he goes to AA meetings every morning. What I would like to know is did it affect his mental way of thinking? He is very difficult to please, and has no emotions.
    Thank you, and I wish I could help him.

  173. Hi , alcohol addiction runs in my family , and yes that includes me , I’ve been known to drink heavely for long periods of time
    Where talking 8 to 10 beers a day 7 days a week
    But for some reason I also have this tendency to take a step back , look at myself and say “joe ,your drinking way to much”
    And just like a snap of the fingers I’ll put the breaks on and stop drinking for weeks at a time to get my drinking under control
    I’ve noticed the main withdrawal I have is trouble sleeping cause I’m used to falling asleep drunk
    That’s my biggest opstical , getting a good nights rest
    Other then that it’s kinda easy for me to replace alchohal with water or juice
    I smoke pot though , and that probably helps me to relax and makes the not drinking thing easier
    And no I’m not replacing one substance with another cause I’ve been smoking pot and drinking since I was twelve
    I’m fourty six now

  174. When you’ve quit drinking for a certain amount of time example one month can someone still smell alcohol on your breath?


  176. In India, I used to drink 180 ml of Indian whiskey. I am also used to chewing tobacco in betel but leaf. I have come for a vacation to UAE n my daughter has stopped me having of the above totally. I am feeling cheated. I have been drinking daily for past 25 years n never cut corners as far as their upbringing was concerned. I lived n saved handsomely for our future n gave them good education. I have also kept for their future but my wife HSS brainwashed them into believing that I squandered money. Will it have a negative effect on my health (withdrawal symptoms),. Thanks n best regards

  177. I’m 73 next month and over the years I’ve drank alcohol but never during the day, about five glasses of wine at night. I stopped drinking six weeks ago and the first two or three weeks I was elated, so happy that I wasn’t drinking alcohol and felt really good. During the last two weeks I have developed awful headaches and find myself critical of others and have absolutely no energy. I am sleeping so very soundly but I am dreaming a lot, no nightmares but sleeping very deeply. Are these withdrawal symptoms? Now I’m beginning to worry. I don’t intend never to drink alcohol again, I just wanted to have a break from it to give my kidneys and liver a rest! Thanks for help.

  178. I am on day 84 of sobriety. I was quite a heavy, daily liquor drinker, (15 years), with occasional, several day binges within the last year. And lately, I have been experiencing, on almost a daily basis, headaches. NOT something I ever used to get, although I drank daily. I was just wondering if this could be a reaction to my sobriety, even though I am almost 90 days clean?

  179. I have drinking all my adult life (several decades) and very gradually increased the amount. (Two drinks a night, then three drinks, then four drinks, etc.) I was up to about four or five whisky drinks every night, doubles no less. Sometimes I would pass out on the couch, wake up at three in the morning and go to bed. More recently I started having very foggy hangovers in the morning. I would get up and start my day, but I felt clouded and not fully alert. This went on daily for several weeks. Then, about four weeks ago I simply decided that I didn’t want to feel like that anymore and I quit drinking – cold turkey. While I have been tempted, I have simply not had a drink for four weeks and counting. Generally, it feels very liberating and overall I feel much better. The foggy hangover feeling in the morning is gone. The only withdrawal symptom I’m aware of is that I start getting a headache every day around four in the afternoon. It’s not severe, but I have not previously had a history of headaches. Will the headaches gradually go away if I continue to refrain from drinking alcohol? Are there other withdrawal symptoms that might occur? I appreciate any feedback you can provide.

  180. My husband just left drinking recently and gets angry often is there anything he can do. And also he gets sexually very active. What should he drink and eat or take to replace the alcohol. Is there any kind of medication or therapy.

  181. to this day I can’t seem to get my head on straight. I always feel like my heads all foggy or I have a bad hang over but I’ve been sober now for over 15 years after being a drunk and I mean a drunk!!! Just one day decided I got tired of hurting the one person who means everything in the world to me my daddy, and yea I’m a 50+old daddy’s girl but he’s my best friend, but now being sober all these years I wish I could go do some things or go some places with him but my heads always to far up my …. I cant do anything How could I get the energy and start feeling better, I’ve tried vitamins, exercise , and even seeing all kinds of Drs.but no one knows how can I get my head cleared out ? any suggestions, ill try just about anything at this point .

  182. I decided to stop drinking a bottle and a half of white wine most days, depending on my mood (when I am anxious I ‘self-medicate’ and drink more) after last Friday I fell over on the kitchen floor after too much drinking, cut my head and now have a black eye to shame me for that behaviour that evening. My partner looked at the state of my face next day and started making plans to leave rather than continue living with a drunk. I had a sharp reality check, this was not fun and it was wrecking my life, my intelligence and the most important relationship I have ever had. I have the black eye to remind me not to pour a drink. I took the remaining bottles back to the supermarket and with the money I bought grape juice and alcohol free wine. I chill this and drink it from a wine glass same as I did when drinking real wine, only I am sober. I can stay alert long enough to cook a meal and sit with my partner to watch tv instead of falling asleep on the sofa, I feel bright in the mornings. I am pleased with myself more than I can say. Today though, 5 days on from my last drink, I woke up with a thumping headache and felt slightly dizzy and nauseous later. I have been reading that headaches can be from the withdrawal (ironic, as I never had a headache or hangover when drinking! Well, not since being a teenager when being sick and hungover was the norm after a party night.). I hope this will go away as it is starting to worry me that I have made myself ill stopping drinking. I would like to never drink again, but at least I would like to be a sensible drinker – only one glass occasionally if I am out or having a nice meal. This is the longest I have not had a drink for many decades. Sorry for the essay, there is no-one to talk to apart from others in the same situation!

  183. I have been drinking on average a bottle and and a half of wine a night for the past few years. I have abstained for a few weeks at a time here and there With no withdrawal symptoms. The only thing I notice is the day after drinking, in the afternoons I may have a panic attack and get a little shaky. I haven’t had any alcohol now for 48 hours and haven’t had any withdrawal symptoms. Do I need to worry about having more serious withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t had any yet?


  185. Hi
    My husband drinks twice a week ( moderate amount of alcohol) ….now for the past 4 months he has stopped drinking due to my pressure but he is getting monthy one chance to have alcohol as much as he wish … So on that particular day he is drinking heavily … Is that alright ?
    If not correct what should I do?

  186. Hello,
    I am a 34 year old male who has been drinking off and on heavily to moderately for over 10 years.
    There would be months where I would have just 2-3 beers at night to relax before bed. And there would be months where it was 6 beers and three shots of vodka to help me sleep.

    The past 5 months I have gone a little harder than I ever wanted to. I had switched to 2-3 beers and one of the larger bottles of wine that is basically two bottles NIGHTLY. And this was becauseI have always had anxiety and trouble sleeping my whole life. But this scared me and I would black out every night with the fridge usually open from me stuffing my face blacked out. I would tell myself “next week I’ll stop”
    Well, I finally did this past Monday complete cold turkey after feeling sick and trying to hair of the dog it away at night I thought it was enough.
    Thing is these past three days have been hell. I hardly even think about drinking and the thought of wine sounds disgusting. A craft beer has been a thought or two but it.
    The first night I was hearing things, paranoid, anxious, cold sweats, falling asleep and being woken up in a scared moment after 2 minutes at least 15 times, But, than I had a horrible dream that has pretty much left me awake since. I tried to sleep last night but these voices and random out of the no where thoughts keep waking me up. So, now I sit here scared if I try and sleep it will happen again. Also, should note I get sleep paralysis even if I have had drinks.

    I took a 10 mg melatonin hoping it would help relax and maybe let me sleep. I should note in the day time I feel myself with way more energy and I do have a positive outlook at what my future with alcohol will be. I never want to experience what it is like to not feel human again. I do not have insurance so it is pretty hard to see some one. I am hoping to find a good AA group but I really want this scary feeling to leave.


  187. Have been dry for six months after having been a very heavy drinker. Super GP. Excellent care and treatment. No temptation. How long does it take the body to adjust. Lost just over a stone which i cant afford to lose. Life has changed completely. Would appreciate your future diagnosis. Many thanks.

  188. Hi I have stopped drinking for the last few days in over 20 years and have noticed that despite how much water I drink my urine is frighteningly dark orange. I wanted to stop for a long time but I have a 2 week vacation coming up next week and have no time to get urinary and blood work done.
    Is it safe for me to go on vacation and will my urine get lighter in color by each day?

    Thank you so much.

  189. I’ve been drinking for about 4 years. First 2 – 3 was beer! I’ve advanced to whiskey for about a year. I drink it all day in diet coke. I’m scared to stop . What will happen?

  190. If I stopped drinking’ alcohol 10days ago,is there a blood test that the doctors can take,to see if you a drink in the last 10 days. Plus I’ve been only drinkin’ water&juices for the last ten days,I urinate every hour for the ten days,is that harmful?

  191. For about the last year and a half, I have been drinking almost daily approximately a bottle of wine, sometimes two a night. During this time I have made great strides in my career. Which is actually quite impressive considering how I spend my down time. My personal life has suffered as I just come home and drink, get my sleep and go back to work. I haven’t drank for 6 days. The first three days I had drenched night sweats and a feeling of being off balance, very jumpy but not intolerable. I am craving and eating a lot of everything. Chocolate mostly, i had three chocolate bars yesterday, and also just regular food, AND junk food like salt and vinegar chips. I am normally not a big eater, and definetely not a chocolate bar type of person, but its crazy how much I want to eat. I really want to get my drinking under control, and I have not made the decision of whether or not I can do that, so i’m staying away from it for now. Today is my day off. Fighting that urge to go get a bottle of wine. But trying to think of the rewards of not doing it., no shakes, fully alert and alive and clear headed. Able to look people in the eye and not second guess myself, ten times the energy..feel like a superhuman self in someways. Keep telling the calling for wine to go F itself no way, not today! Wondering if the desire for food is common. Also I still find I am dehrydated even though I am downing water and juice and liquids all day long.

  192. I am a Sushi chef and ive been drinking till I get drunk for the last 15 years of my life…..what would be the the best and the worst case……

  193. I was dating an ex alcoholic . He has been sober for 7 months, and goes to AA meetings everyday.
    He is very cold, always serious , seems locked in his own shell. Do you know if this stems from being an alcoholic previously? He did stay at The Betty Ford Clinic for 30 days, which helped him kick the habit.
    I’m worried he will remain the way he is, kind of withdrawn. I’m trying to help him change, to be a more lively person.
    Is there hope for change with time?
    Thank you kindly?
    L H

  194. I have drank since I was 18 years…I average one liter to 1 1/2 liter of vodka a week along with a large bottle of sangria wine a week..sometimes more…I never miss a day of work however now I am going to a job that requires me to stay in a mancamp that does not allow any alcohol. My family & friends are concerned for me due to all the years I have drank but I think I will be ok..I will be in mancamp 23 days & then home for 7 so I believe I will be ok for those 23 days of no drinking. Will my body be able to accept no alcohol for 23 days do you think?

  195. Hi Melv. It’s definitley from the alcohol withdrawal ad you need to see a doctor if you havent’t gone to one so far. There may be some other underlying risks of drinking for 2 years, which aren’t aparent now, but could be dangerous. So, for your own health’s sake, please get examined.

  196. Hi I drank a bottle of vodka a night for last 2 years but so far I’m 16 days clean I know its early days but was wondering if all these pains im getting is normal a few slight niggles in my kidney areas and whole body seems to have some sort of aches or pains am I over the worst stage or am I in for more

  197. I have been an alcoholic for many years. 4 years ago I quit drinking 12 beers a night to wine and water 6 days ago I quit cold turkey. I haven’t had an serious withdrawls but I am 66 and recently diagnosed with afib. Should I keep going

  198. I recently started dating this very nice man, who was an alcoholic for many years He stopped drinking 8 months ago, and goes to AA meetings every morning. He has been sober for 8 months. I don’t know anything about people who drink, or who used to be alcoholics. Can you please tell me if I should be afraid, or not continue this relationship .
    Thank you so much ,
    Sincerely ,

  199. I haven’t drunk alcohol for 7 weeks now and generally feel and look better. However this week I’ve caught a cold, which I rarely do, and can’t shake it off. Is this related or just bad luck?

  200. I have been drinking on average a bottle of red wine a night from 18years old and now 36. I haven’t had a drink for about 6 days and very depressed and ultra short tempered. I find it hard to really engage lovingly with my children. Is this normal? I have also been smoking marijuana at the same time and have cut down to one joint a night to help me sleep. Can you give me any aadvice or encouragement? I left home 3 months ago, have return twice weekly to look after my children but, want to prove to my wife I can be a good father and husband..

  201. I quit drinking a four days ago. Wasn’t too heavy. No withdrawal symptoms, but i’ve had orange urine ever since day two. I assume it’s because my liver and kidneys are processing things better or differently? Have other people had a similar experience, or anyone know what causes it?

  202. I am hoping that you all can help me with knowledge. I have been dating a man for 4 months that say’s he quit alcohol for the last 8 years. He went to a program where you have to drink and drink till you get so sick that you don’t want to ever drink. He will make me one drink occasionally and says it does not bother him. We had an argument recently and he froze when trying to respond in a normal argument and then was full of self pity when he did communicate and said that he sucked at life. This is a big man that I would never have imagined to act this way. We live in different states but I am moving near him. Am I being naive and am I missing so much that I should know? I don’t know if I should continue the relationship but I do love him and if it’s only learning to communicate then I am prone to stay with him.. Any insight would be of great help.

  203. Hello Patrick. I’d always advise you to first get examined and see what the problem truly is. You’ll need to quit the drinking and work on detoxing your liver. Please see a doctor before you attempt anything.

  204. Hello there I am 48 year male 6″3 weighing 292 lbs, I have been drinking since early teens. I use to drink more heavily going back 10-15 years, now I drink 4-6 cans of Ale 5-6 nights of the week, And have been doing this for at least 4-5 months in a row. I never get hangovers, I drink slowly one beer every 45 minutes but enough to give me that Buzz. Also have a fairly healthy diet and drink plenty of water. I believe am fairly healthy, not on any meds whatsoever.
    Last health checkup was 3 years ago where my liver results where within normal range.
    The thing is I am worried to go and see someone for another checkup scared they will say I have cirrhosis of the liver or something. I have been feeling some discomfort under my right rib and have lots of acid reflux. If I stop drinking now without seeing someone will it pass or should I see someone. I have a terrible fears of doctors.

  205. Hi Chris. I’d suggest seeing a doctor. After they examine you, you’ll either get a perscription to treat the symptoms or advice on how to deal with it.

  206. About 3weeks ago I was admired to hospital (e.m.u.) after having a massive seizure. I was put into a detox wing.they gave me diazipam 3times per day which seemed to help.I had bitten through my tongue
    I was told after about a week that i was OK to be discharged .the last week I’ve felt OK.I’ve been eating fine,and really didn’t want another drink.my shakes had gone which I’ve been used to for over 30years.but in the last 3days i am experiencing really bad,sharp pains in my lower back,my appetite has totally gone and I keep being sick for no apparent reason.i don’t understand how I’ve felt OK for two weeks after stopping and suddenly everything has turned around.the pain has got so bad that i can hardly walk at times.im drinking loads of water to try to flush out my kidneys but nothing is changing the level of pain I am in.it can be so intense that I can’t sleep…will this pass.chris

  207. After over 100 days of abstaining I decided to drink at a social gathering where the wine was free. I wanted to just have one and sipped it so slowly that when I went to get another (not intended) it was time to leave. That night I drank another 2 glasses of wine because someone I’d had staying here left 2 mini bottles in the bedroom.

    3 days later I was at a very boozy party with free cocktails and drank 4 very very slowly. My friends who were with me and are drinkers were very drunk. I didn’t feel tipsy even. I’m not happy with myself because I was testing myself to see if I could just stick with drinking one drink at a social event. Obviously not.
    Since then I haven’t drunk anything. There is no booze in the house and I am not buying any. At the 90 days booze free mark I went on holiday for a week. My son came with me and drank wine every night and had a few beers at lunch. But I didn’t. I had a half sip of his wine one night because he said it was a good one and I was curious about the taste.

    I am going to a party tomorrow with a friend who doesn’t like alcohol much. My plan is to have 1-2 glasses and to sip slowly. Am I sipping slowly or slipping slowly?

  208. I found the elimination of alcohol not really over intense at all.I’ve been a heavy rye drinker for 20
    plus years.I drank daily and every day until the weekends or binges then I would be drunk all day for days on end.I finally quit almost 3 months ago and its like I never had a drink.There are no ill effects and I feel like a million bucks on top of all the money I’m saving!I finally got the message from AA that I can’t pick up that first drink and I don’t intend to!I The treatment is quite simply, we have an allergy to alcohol and cannot drink like normal drinkers-end of story!!! I wish you all a speedy recovery and get help from your higher power. its quite easy to eliminate booze from your life, you just need the right mentality!! Take Care!!

  209. Hi Carl. Maybe your son can benefit from a rehab center or a psychological and behavioral sessions, following detoxification in a clinic. That can be a great chance for him to get away from everything, including the things that compel him to drink. In facilities such as these, the medical staff can monitor and help your son round the clock.

  210. My son is 24/5 he started drinking approx 19 soon became heavy and now drinks daily to black out we seem to be helpless anything we try is futile we try lots different help groups but to no avail it seems we simply have to sit around and watch our boy die we pester doctor’s and mental health team’s just get passed from pillar to post and go round in circles with no direction maybe the help we seek just isn’t there ,do people really have to sit and watch helplessly as there loved ones die drinking booze?

  211. I drank everynight one or two for 2 months and I was running everymorning 4 km on a average or exercising. I wss fine and never had any body pain. Now I stopped the drinking part in the night for last 1 month. I have bodypain when I wake up which I never had when I was drinking and even my running performance . Is alcohol good for recovery and should I start drinking again and is it good foe me.

  212. I recently stopped drinking five days ago without any alcohol consumption. I went to bed and when I woke up found the entire lower half of my body bloated looking. My legs a little thicker, my ankle and feet thicker and even my vagina looked bloated! The upper half was not effected at all. Not sure if this. Sudden weight gain was water, fat, or something else. I have been eating only good foods and water. Of course also with an extensive new vitamin collection. What is happening and will it go away??? PLEASE HELP!

    It’s cause me not to be able to flex, walk stairs, climb a stood or even from a squatting position, I have to pull my self up with much labor

  213. I’ve been a heavy drinker for 15 years…….a mickie a day and 2 or 3 26ers on the weekend……….I quit cold turkey 2 months ago………..no withdrawl systems………just a few cravings to get drunk once in a while……………other than that I feel great!!

  214. Im here fpr a loved one my husband, he is an alcoholic , of course he knows he is but he is not doing anything about it in 2012 he was having a terrible time with his stomach (couldnt go to the bathroom) and was having some terrible pain i couldnt even touch his belly with out him saying it hurt well he went to the dr and the dr then reccomended he get a colonoscopy which he did and they only found one polyp but it seemed his stomach cleared up but he was on a medication for cholesterol which is a statin drug and he swears up and down that it was causing his problem and he has quit taking so that may have been his problem but it scared him enough he cut back on his drinking from 3 -30 pks a week to 1 plus a six pack and i was so proud of him and he was doing alot better but then he gradually picked up some more and is now drinking 2 – 30 pks a week . but he had a blood test come back that said his liver function was off so that is why he cut back then he had another blood test and it showed normal so that is when he started drinking more ! he continually finds excuses when he has something come up that I know is caused from his drinking . he is on meds for blood pressure and when he drinks his blood pressure actually gets really low so therefore he thinks the drinking is helping his blood pressure problem and i know that is not true but how do i make him believe it ? I worry myself sick about this . but dont know what to do ! any suggestions?

  215. Hi Stan. Look into SMART Recovery; they have online meetings are a really tight, evidence based method for drinking abstinence or harm reduction in drinking. They have online meetings regularly.

  216. Once I turned of age I fell in love with beer. I’m 37 now and have been in denial for a very long time. I’ve had 2 dui’s and many ruined relationships. In March- April I went 42 days no drinking or smoke. I’m trying again as my last drink was on Sunday. Easily a 12 pack on each sat and Sun and probably 4-5 tall cans each weeknight. The anxiety and headaches the last 2 days have been difficult. I don’t recall this back in April and not sure why. I wish I really could be a casual drinker but not sure if that’s possible or not. Like others on here I’m not up for AA, tried it yrs ago and I just didn’t like it. Are there services available either online or by phone if I wanted some. Encouragement? Similar to a sponsor without the preachy god antics of AA. I’m ready to give it up for good but I’m going to need some help along the way.

  217. First let me state that I was a drinker since I was 13, binging during college and in my 20s and fully realized my alcoholism in my 30s. I just turned 40. I’ve manage to avoid the major pitfalls associated with this amount of drinking. I ‘lawyered up’ and bargained down my only real contact with a DUI, but I drove countless times fully loaded. I landed a computer related job where I work from home (so coworkers didn’t really contact me directly to see my condition). I kept this job for a long time, and established over 40 days a year paid days off. So, if I took it too far, I could just call in sick. My wife is also a drinker. We love/fight all of that. Nothing physical, but we mentally abused each other on our worst days. We have our great times too. Lucky is the word I would call my alcoholism. Before you think this guy doesn’t really need to be here, understand by the end I was drinking 2 magnums (4 bottles) of wine each and every day for 2 years. Non stop. I mitigated this with the downgrade to beer for necessary outings (family etc). Then I stopped. At age 37, I had my first bout of withdrawal. It was horrible. Everything posted here happened to me in one way or another. Lasted about a week. Didn’t sleep for close to 3 days. When I did I experienced horrible nightmares. Finally, when I came out, I felt like I was high on coke. But it was false. I think it was just the high of real food. When I evened out I started thinking about my cause for all this drinking. I was told anxiety or a variety of other things could cause this. I was told the visit my doctor (don’t have one – lucky again). Here is the point – how in the hell can I see a doctor and NOT tell him about my drinking. I need to know what of my liver is left. I know I have caused severe damage (at least compared to not drinking for almost 30 years). If I got to a doctor, should I pay him without using my medical insurance provided by my employer? Is that even possible? I really want to be honest with the doctor, but I don’t want a history of alcohol abuse to taint all future transactions with my employers medical insurance. Anyone else out there with a similar situation? I want to stay sober, and I WILL NOT ATTEND AA. That is not the answer. I want to know what damage I’ve caused and adjust my life accordingly. I did the crime, I’ll pay the time. I just need to know how much of that time is left.

  218. just curious, i was a binge drinker , but never had a drink in the morning, i could go on a bender for a few days, and then stop for a couple of days, i have now completely packed in the drink, by myself, with no help, i am not craving for it, it don,t even enter my head. but the thing is i have always be slim, but since packing in, my stomach has swollen, where i look pregnant, and i,m not happy, because it,s un comfortable ,can this be the latter stages for not drinking,

  219. I will give some backround first because it may make a difference. I knew about the dangers of drinking to that extreme but I was able to function and for most of the time I didn’t think it was a problem. I started drinking every day more and more and noticed when I didnt have it I couldnt handle stress and whould get very ill. This happend over quite a few years. I knew it was time to quit but didnt want my kids to miss me or anyone that would be horriable to me to know so rehab was kind of out of the question. I had quit drinking mostly on my own I was able to call an officer to drive me to the hospital (I wasn’t made to go) and the officer said that this was a first and that he will remember this and how polite I was. I was brought to the hospital where they did some tests and gave me something for the stress. I requested that nobody was allowed in my room because I didn’t want anyone to talk me out of Detox. They checked my health and liver and then called someone to get me from the detox location that was the only one open at the time. It was very dirty and very scary and I am guessing the people that worked there where used to really angry people and on all types of drugs so a lot of the time I didn’t get treated very well. I have not had a drop for 4 months and am under doctor care and emotional care that I took care of myself. I found out that I had Pernicious Anemia and that I started taking vitamins for as soon as I found out. About another month and a half after taking good care of myself not drinking and seeing the doctor regularly I had 4 seizures or more in less than 24 hours. I was obviously treated shitty at first because they thought it had to do with the alcohol. They ran their tests and figured out there wasn’t a drop of alcohol in my system not even tylenol and none of the other alcohol seizure symptoms were there. My doctor instantly assumed I was a drug seeker and refused to be my doctor and I am getting treated worse by almost everyone including my family since I admitted to drinking and I was quitting. Is there another reason for the seizure related to the alcohol in the past? And is there anything I can do about how badly I am being treated for doing the right thing and being strong enough to stick with it. Can you be labled a drug seeker just because of that? I have never in my life abused medications and so now when I hurt myself they give me ibuprophen that I cant even take. I am just wondering if there is something I can do about all of this.

  220. Joyce, your son needs to be supervised medically because you say he has been an alcoholic for years. Sudden withdrawals are potentially dangerous for alcoholics. Call the doctor for advise.

  221. I am taking Effexor for anxiety but have been drinking 1-3 glasses of red wine forever. Is the wine preventing with the Effexor in doing its job?

  222. i need help for my ex partner (we split up Friday) he desperately need help to give up the beer but refuses to take it – he even went on a detox programme in June – up to Thursday it was great then he went on one and i left after he was physical to me – is there any help for him or do i carry on and make a new start ?

  223. I am 29, drank heavy since the age off &
    18 but suddenly stopped as I went very yellow and my eyes did too! Only been totally clean for 9 months and have had liver function tests which reveal have and are dropping dramatically, consultant states that I have no signs if chronic liver disease but got to have a camera up to rule out anything else! I don’t understand if that means I’m lucky or I will still need a transplant! But Luke they say. How long does it take to knock a house down to what it takes to build it! That’s the way they describe to me! My body is sort of regenerating! Muscles tissue bowel bladder stomach all got to go back to normal which does cause pain as I’m going through all that now!

  224. Hello I have been drinking for 13 yrs I’m 43 now my story is a little different since I really had to quit drinking today is my first day sober Bacause I was so depressed that alcohol made it wven worst I wanted to kill myself on Sunday so I had an wakening about having to quit or I’d really succeed on suicide thoughts I went through horrible withdrawals I started shaking horribly and felt things crawling on my skin also 3 days vomiting but today I feel better and looking forward to being clean I didn’t drink all day everyday but when I feel down and scape like I binge and totally lose myself and lastinght I was thinking wow and to think stupid alcohol almost made me do it I wouldn’t have another chance to live again. I would live A lot of people in my life devastated I can’t just be selfish need to make better

  225. I stopped drinking 10 years ago after getting hammered for about twenty-five years. I quit cold and without help. It was not easy, but I believe I would have died had I not stopped the abuse when I did.

    It can be done! Have faith in yourself. Life without alcohol is great!

  226. My friend is a chronic alcohol and was in hospital only 5 weeks ago to get his stomach rained due to fluid his body and legs he has been told he has second stages of choris of the liver as soon as he came out of hospital he started drinking he drinks all day every day vodka and strong cider his stomach is now swollen and his legs due to water retention he is also on medication from the doctor which is dhycodene and temazpan to help him sleep hew taking amphetimines to keep my self awake the specialist in hospital says I have 1 to 2 years to live and that was 8 months ago please can someone give me their opinion or any experiences they have had in this situation thankyou

  227. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is said to help people stay off alcohol. I didn’t have cravings after stopping following an 8 yr period of far too much drinking, but I take the B3 as it has a good effect on mood. I also take B1, B12, B6, B complex, Magnesium, zinc, omega3s, multivit, folic acid, selenium, vit E, Vit C. I take milk thistle for my liver and plan to do a liver flush soon. These vits are a prop for me. I’ve read up on vitamin therapy and this is how I give myself a crutch. I’ve abstained for over 2 months and at first I had a very low mood and felt empty and purposeless. Not having a bottle of red wine to turn to every evening felt strange. It was like losing a friend. The full bodied red wine gave me a warm contented feeling, but obviously I’d started to feel anxious about the effect on my liver. I could see it was having a massive effect on my size.

    I sleep very well now and I’m trying to get used to socialising without drink. I now find myself feeling shy sometimes at social events. And the party is not so much fun with a glass of fizzy water. I feel flat and a bit boring. Also life feels boring. I’ve yet to get my highs from a nice walk or whatever. In fact I do feel I’ve lost some personality as an abstainer. Hopefully this will pass as my intention is to abstain forever. I also feel a sort of loneliness and purposelessness without the booze. I get anxiety attacks occasionally and I know a glass of wine would really help but as I seem unable to drink in moderation I’ll stick to teetotal.

  228. After around 24 hours sober a after a half gallon of vodka binge all awake, I broke and got three hours of sleep. The next day two or three. Tomorrow the big hurdle, going grocery shopping without going to the liquor store.

  229. My son has been an alcoholic for years. 4 days ago he started AA but now he is complaining about severe stomach pain. What can i do to help him? Would a wet hot towel give some relief? Thank u

  230. Hey, William, thanks for the reply. No, I don’t drink every night – maybe once a week or so, but just every now and then I might do several nights in a row. I wait until everyone has gone to bed, so I’m not “giving up” other things to make room for drinking. It’s just kind of my own thing for myself – I’m never drunk around anyone and I don’t EVER get in the car (another reason I do this at bedtime, I guess). When I drink, the goal is to get to that lovely, warm, happy drunk place where everything is fun and feels good. Once I’m there, I usually just enjoy it for a bit and then go to bed to sleep it off. The only surprising thing is sometimes later in the afternoon the next day, when I expected the alcohol to be gone from my system by then, I will kind of have a hint of that feeling again – I’m not still drunk that many hours later, am I?

  231. I’m up to a liter or more a day. On my second day.ct. Shivering a bir. No sleep. Im not gonna give up. Tomorrows crucial. I’ve been going sober two days, binging three.

  232. Dennis, you should ask a doc which I am not. But my experience, my liver shut down at one point and I got mild jaundice. The doc told me he thought I was a gonner and that was 5 years ago. In my case, my liver stopped processing period – in your case, yours probably was losing its ability to metabolize alcohol, so your BAC spiked. That’s the first time I quit for almost a year, it scared the hell out of me. But when I lost weight, everyone told me how good I looked, I started to believe that I could go back to just being a social drinker. The cycle started over again and one day, while on a business trip, I had a dinner meeting that night. I felt anxious and the only way I could get “normal” for the dinner, was to down three pints of strong Ale before I went.
    Dennis, I quit for good a year ago and I once again, I was anxious, nauseous, dry heaves sometimes, and constant insomnia. But eventually it will go away, I found herb helped relieve some of the symptoms. I am 53 now, and I know I have done damage, but on the path I was headed, I had to decide whether I wanted to live for maybe 10 more years or maybe 30.

  233. I’m 62 yrs old and have been drinking since I was 16 yrs old in high school. The most I ever went without drinking was one (1) year and that was back in 1976. I’ve drank everything you can imagine and was told by friends that I should have been a bartender because I knew how to make ‘every drink’. Over the past 8 years I narrowed it down to Red Wide, Cabernet. Love having it with food, or without food. About 6 yrs ago there were times that I found myself drinking 2 liters of red wine ‘per night’, every day after work. Job related stress caused most of it, but I still enjoyed my wine regardless. AND, I heard red wine was good for you so I had another ‘good reason’ to keep drinking. LOL

    Then last month something weird was happening to me that I couldn’t explain. I would drink a 1/2 of a glass or a full glass of wine and “I WAS OUT” ! Whereas I was used to drinking just about as much as I wanted ‘every day and night’ and I’d still be up late watching TV or doing whatever around the house. But not anymore! That’s when I decided to quit, 2 weeks ago. I don’t know what was causing me to pass out like that after a ‘small glass’ of wine, vs an entire bottle as I had been doing. But I knew my body was telling me to QUIT. So I did 2 weeks ago.

    My mother, father and grandparents were big drinkers too [and smokers], and looking back at it now, I realized that they all quit drinking when they got in their 60’s too – some of them sooner. They’re all dead now, from smoking mostly. I don’t smoke. My mom died of a heart attack at 62 from smoking all her life, and my dad died from a stroke initially, then a brain aneurysm later. He was 61. I’ve already outlived him by one year so far.

    My question is; what caused me to pass out after only one (1) small glass of wine?

  234. Hi Joseph. Is there anyone around who can help you or drive you to the hospital? You might need to get your stomach pumped and take an IV for all the flids you’ve lost.

  235. I have a question I was drinking earlier and now I feel light headed when I stand up and I’m non stop urinating and my stomach hurts like I wana throw up and my head feels fuzzy and I’m tired ./is it OK to go to sleep like this or is it not OK ??

  236. Hey db you sound a lot like me. I’ve was sober for about 9 months and then relapsed . Drunk every day since then ,about 8 months .stopped cold turkey Sunday it’s now 9am weds and I just got up feel like I got a hang over and I didn’t even drink. does this ever happen to you?

  237. My son who is 24, in good physical health (i think) weighs abt 165lbs, drinks on wknds with his friends. I noticed one day after a night of drinking, he was sweating and appeared slightly irritable. That same day, we went out to eat and he drank one glass of water after another. Was his body craving more alcohol? And how many drinks is too many. His drink of choice appears to be beer. Thank you!

  238. I’ve been reading and writing on this blog now for several years and it’s good to see it is breathing new life into a lot of people – for me better than any higher power meetings. I’ve now gone 46 weeks without a drop of alcohol, my second real attempt. For those of you going through withdrawals, think about it like having a burst appendix. You gotta fix it, it’s going to be unpleasant, it’s gonna hurt, you’re going to hate it, but if you don’t fix it, it will kill you. IT WILL KILL YOU. So now I’m not going to tell you the angels came down from heaven and everything is peachy, but its a lot better than it used to be. And I know that even if the new job or girlfriend doesn’t work out, it doesn’t matter, because those last 10 months I am getting back – by quitting drinking and starting a regular exercise and diet program, I gotten at least ten months younger. I’ve lost 35 lbs, my mind is clearer, I’m calmer, blood tests are good and I’m off all my prescriptions.

    In my opinion, there are three critical phases to breaking free of alcohol.
    1) Getting past the withdrawals – for this you might need professional help, be aware that seizures are dangerous.
    2) The bad stuff is mostly over after about two weeks, except insomnia and nightmares still can be a problem. In this phase you need to find new things to keep busy and make them physical, move, get your body in shape.
    3) This is where I’m at now. I went to a fourth of July party with all my friends getting sideways and it was hard for me to not feel left out. I have to find other outlets like running the grill, keeping busy, just trying not to think about it. When it gets too much, I leave early. This part I’m struggling with. More on this later.

  239. Hi Jen~ Good job on working on being aware of yourself! Do you drink every night, 7 days a week, for the past 6 months? Have you tried to stop or reduce your drinking but are unable to control it? Do you give up things you used to do in the evenings to stay home and drink? You said you have learned how much you need to drink to get the buzz without over doing it. Be aware tolerance will grow with time. Try not drinking for 30 days and see how that goes. Good luck.

    Hey Stephanie~ wrestling with addictions and parenting is a tough combo! A possible way of looking at this is not how you should feel but more of how “do” you feel. How you do you feel about it all? How do the people around you feel about it all? Just some ideas from one recovering parent to another! Good Luck

    Hello Roger~ I would immediately defer any medical issues to trained Doctors. Please try and connect with your Primary Care Physician to discuss these symptoms. I noticed you reported being sober for the past 2 months after the ultrasound. Most of us multi-decade drinkers have had experiences that scared us sober for a while but that devious beast worked its way back in our life. Some of the anxiety may be the health scare wearing off and some of the old alcoholic self-talk creeping back in. Hang in there! Stay aware of your self-talk and good luck.

    * I hope I helped someone with this posting. For decades, I have been Social Worker by day and hard drinker by night (&weekends). Good Luck Everyone!

  240. I want to share something with all of you Alcoholics. I am an ALCOHOLIC too!!!! 🙁 I am a raging ALCOHOLIC with 16 days clean after 30 years drinking and the last 14 years extreme!! Drinking did not get in the way of my job but any time I was off, I was drinking. I fooled my dumb ass for decades until 16 days ago I acknowledged a sad truth. I was “THAT GUY”. “THAT GUY” gets plowed every night and weekend. I drank a 12 pack plus after work and even more on my weekends. “THAT GUY” was…….. my dad sitting on the couch passed out with a can of beer in his hand or being at other kid’s homes seeing one or both of their parents drunk and acting like an idiot being “THAT GUY”. I remember as I got older looking at even my friends drunk, them not realizing their buzz and them being “THAT GUY”. Being at parties and some random stranger (20 years old than us) drunk passed out next to the bonfire being “THAT GUY”. I went my first day sober because a friend and I were talking about how hard it would be to go to sleep sober. Oh Crap, I am THAT GUY

  241. I’ve been drinking for 50 years, now 66 yrs of age, I wouldn’t describe myself as a heavy drinker but certainly a regular one. In my younger days I was mainly a beer drinker but in the past 10 years or so I would drink beer, wine and spirits. 3 months ago I went to my GP with pain to my right side, a ultrasound scan revealed that I had 2 spots on my liver, however, a follow up CT scan did not show anything suspicious on my liver.
    Since the ultrasound scan, over 2 months ago, I have given up drinking, initially I had no problem but recently I have been experiencing some anxiety, slight shakes and aches and pains in various parts on my body including shoulders, back and legs.
    I just wonder if anyone else has experienced likewise after giving up drinking after such a long period of time? Thank you.

  242. Hi..I been drinking for 6 years every day in my house..first 3 years liquor n I experienced random acts of blackouts n stupid acts toward my oldest grown daughter..then I got pregnant n switched to malt liquor n continued to drink moderately but daily throughout my pregnancy n again with my last pregnancy n my kids came out perfectly fine n continued with monthly acts of stupidity n my house..I never went out n drank…well 3 nights ago I had a random act with my oldest n since I don’t want nor feel urge or withdraws…how am I suppose to feel about it all? Thx for reading..please respond

  243. I’m a little afraid to write here, since I’m kind of on the other side of things. I started drinking a while ago – maybe 6 months or so. I only drink at night before bed, but I always drink to get drunk. And I like the feeling…a lot. I’ve figured out about how much I need to drink to get nicely drunk, and after a few unpleasant experiences, I have it down to very few “hangover” symptoms (a little tired or sometimes a little shaky the next day, but usually drinking plenty of water helps with that). It probably sounds weird, but I use one of those online BAC calculators to keep track of my drinks and estimate when I’ll be “sober” again the next day. I don’t usually do this every night – it’s more hit & miss, depending on what I have going on the next day (if I can afford the “fuzzy” feeling), but every now and then I will have a run of several nights in a row. This past week, I did three nights in a row – got pleasantly drunk every night, but also slightly increased the BAC each night (I think the 3rd night I got up to 0.15 – of course, it’s only an estimate). According to the online calculator, my BAC should have been back to 0 by about 11:45 AM after the 3rd night. However, later in the afternoon (around 3:00) I was showering and thinking about the previous night(s) and found myself feeling kind of “drunk” all over again. Not as much as the night before, but just that lovely pleasant feeling kind of washed over me — so I was wondering: Was I still a little drunk since I had done this 3 nights in a row? Did the alcohol build up in my body after 3 nights of drinking so that I could still feel it on that 4th day after? Or was it just my imagination conjuring up the feeling just from thinking about it?

    I hope I can just ask the question and not be judged here. I already know that this probably is not the best behavior I could do for myself, but there are a number of factors going on in my life that led me to look for something that would make me feel good…even just for a while. Please don’t lecture me on finding a better method to feel good or seeing a therapist – not really interested. I’m simply looking for information so I can keep an eye on things. Thanks.

  244. Heavy drinker since my teens, I am now 45. Last night was my first night on the wagon…I have stopped drinking before, but it was due to surgeries, so there were still substances coursing through my veins……
    I had nothing but wild anxiety, rapid heart beating, fear and when I would fall asleep for a few moments, I would have horrific nightmares….it was so bad that I am afraid for tonight! I still feel like garbage now, but I have activities that take my mind off what’s going on….but I am petrified of what will happen when the night comes. Any suggestions….?

  245. Congratulations to everyone for your choice to quit, I am on week three after 20 years drinking every night. I never thought I would be able to do this. It took me making a drunken fool of myself in front of stone-cold-sober fellow dinner guests to make me realize that I can’t hold it together anymore, I’m 48. I have never felt as good and clear headed as I have in the last week. I guess this is how healthy humans are supposed to feel, I never knew…I’ve never been so relaxed and calm. I had some anxiety while hung over and it was an effort to conceal it.
    Any old how, here’s some stuff I have been through in the last two weeks. I am hoping that sharing will help others feel as though they are not alone:
    -1st week slept about 14 hours a day and had constant sugar cravings which I indulged!
    -Second week lots more chocolate but, generally eating better and thinking about what I am eating with an eye to healthy food, trying to drink lots of water but it doesn’t seem to be easy to drink much at a time, lots of peeing and it seems to be yellow no mater how much water I drink. Could be because I have been taking vitamin B, I don’t really know why the vitamin B, except that it was recommended for alcoholics going through withdrawal by many different Internet sites. Speaking of the Internet, it’s been a life saver, reading other people’s experiences has been like support from a group of caring friends who know what I’m going through, even though I just read not post until now. Anyway, I’ve always had a great memory but the last couple of weeks I’ve forgotten what I was talking about mid conversation more than once, hopefully that will not last but it could be worse I suppose. My skin looks way better and face gloating is all but gone. I’m a single guy but I defy anyone to keep their house as clean as mine has been in the last couple of weeks, I have a constant need to be busy and organized. The sugar cravings are finally subsiding, I’ve been pigging out on chocolate and sweet tea for the last couple of weeks so I haven’t seen a decrease in belly weight yet. I’m a slim build and started to look pregnant the last 6 months. I’m pretty sure it’ll go soon enough, hope this helps someone feel better. Stay sober and feel alive! Tony from N.Z.

  246. Hi I have been drinking from a really early age am now 57 on day 3 of no drinking bad head Acke and feel a bit woosy going it alone 🙁

  247. I’m Alcoholic and have been sober for 6 days. So far I have only had the swets when asleep and got and cold feelings. Very emotional. Will this get worse? Will I get worse withdrawals ?

  248. Hi, I’m not a big drinker far from it, I drink socially on weekends because I work through the week. But recently I went abroad on a holiday and three days later had cdt tests and reading was 4.6. Would that cause levels to be high? Thanks

  249. I posted on this site about a year and half ago after achieving 2 months sobriety. That streak went on to 5 months. About 7 months later I quit again, for 3 months. Today is day 3 of my 3rd attempt.

    If you want to know what, in detailed physiological terms, happens to your body when you quit, then by all means knock yourself out. But you know already that you will be healthier. Alcohol is a poison. Who’s health wouldn’t improve if he stopped drinking poison? For the purposes of the would-be sober person, that’s probably enough.

    The hard part about quitting drinking is what happens to your mind (which is like identifying changes in the body since your consciousness arises from the brain). You have to identify and disrupt alcohol-seeking patterns of thought. You have to avoid places and people, and welcome new influences. Mostly, you have to face– and OWN– your past. You have to evolve.

    I failed before because I couldn’t let go of certain patterns of thought and behavior. But after two strong attempts, I think insight and experience are on my side now. And at any rate I will never give up, It is like a war between the person you are and the person you know you can be, and the victory goes to the side that endures the longest.

  250. I have now made it 9 months without alcohol. Today is a big holiday in the U.S. and I will be going to a party where lots of alcohol including my favorite I.P.A. micro brew will be toasted by all my close friends. I will want to participate in this very badly. But I will tell myself that I am not like they are – I cannot raise a toast to America’s birthday like them, and then tomorrow, put it down and return to a normal work life. I am different, and in this respect, I must deal with alcohol like I’m allergic to it. For me, it causes a negative reaction in myself which severely affects my ability to cope. It is not unlike someone who is allergic to peanuts – I must avoid this substance at all costs, because it will kill me. And then I think of the other positive things that have happened to me since I quit drinking. I almost wrote “when I realized” instead of “quit drinking” because they are two quite different things. I realized a long time ago, but I ignored it and did nothing about it because I didn’t think it would make that much difference. Boy was I wrong. I have a new job which I could not do if I was drinking. Even though I have given myself some liver damage, my doctor has taken me off all drugs. I am getting in better shape every day, lifting weights, playing soccer, running, and I feel so good it is unbelievable. I am physically five years younger than I was nine months ago and this reversal is continuing. People, listen to me: If someone asked you “if I could make you ten years younger in one year, how much would you pay for that?”. “And further, how about I pay you $5,000 (my estimated savings per year on alcohol)”. That my friends, is a no-brainer.

  251. Hi, I am only 24 years old and I have been drinking heavily for probably the last 5 or more years (like right now i just had 7 shots of vodka in less than 2 minutes and probably more), it all began after I had a few brains surgeries, which caused me to have a severely impaired short term memory problem. After all of this I started becoming severely depressed, (slowly losing weight due to this stress) and stopped caring for my life, wanted to end it but I care more for others than I do myself so I couldn’t (and probably never will due to how much I care just to inform people :), and also will never ask a girl out cause I think I am a waste of time; there are much better people out there than myself). Then I started to drink more and more, and I mostly started cause I have a very tough time sleeping so I decided to have a few drinks before sleeping, then before I knew it I started feeling almost an addiction to it (wanting it all the time before going to bed but never jurying the daytime), and pretty much since then I do almost get drunk every night (I occasionally don’t but that’s only like 1- 2 nights at the most and that’s not too often, mostly just to attempt less drinking, and been trying to find hobbies to do but I mostly don’t think I am capable of most things or just can’t continue something, (I have epilepsy, which restricts me from a bunch of things I would like to do, but not my excuse I am used to it). Overall I am trying to stop but, live by yourself and have nothing to do, I get bored then next thing ya know I am pretty much drunk. I know there is much worse drinking problems , but since I saw this site I randomly thought I might as swell write something and see how it goes. Sorry and thank you (I know this may not be the type of site to write my story)

  252. My father is recovering alcoholic. He went through a great deal of withdrawal. Now 2 months later he’s back in the hospital people are saying it’s because he’s drinking again. But no ones knows for sure. He has a bad kidney infection. Is that one of the symptoms of drinking again?

  253. Hi Everybody, what a pleasant surprise to come across this blog ! What a relief actually to find out I am not alone. For a long time now I have felt I was way out at the extreme end of the drinking spectrum and that my recovery was not going well – the Psych symptoms I went through made me think or rather convince myself that I was in mortal danger.

    Here is my story. We bought a holiday home in the south of France a few years back and I was doing 2 on 2 off, so it became second nature for me to become a functional alcoholic. I would return to my home and my office for 2 weeks and clear my desk and deal with all day to day life things like normal folks, then I would return to our holiday home and become quickly bored. Then the drinking started, at first it was evenings only, then it started in the afternoons and as time passed it was quickly when I woke up – a little white Russian or two to clear my head, Rose and white during the day and a bottle or 2 of red at night to send me to sleep. This went on for 4 or 5 years consistently. Needless to say I was not eating properly. Prior to this I had always been a sociable drinker and the first to say yes to a party / dinner out or some other gathering where drinking was involved. I guess the day time binging really started about 10 years ago when I and my golf buddies started travelling round the world for a week a year playing golf and getting wrecked at night. My friends and family are scattered around the world, so there would be meetings in the middle east, the Philippines, Australia etc. which inevitably involved flying out for a week and getting absolutely smashed. About four months ago, I had been at it for 10 days nonstop, then missed my flight home – during the sobering up process I stopped drinking immediately and started to plan the rebooking and get home…Then it hit me like a train – At first I thought I was having a heart attack, then brain just went haywire and I had what I thought at the time was some kind of seizure – it was extremely unpleasant and extremely scary and I had no idea what was wrong. After a few days the worst had passed and I had a very miserable trip half way round the world to get home constantly in fear I would have some kind of seizure again. I did not and I made it. Pretty quickly I was back at my desk and all was the same – then I headed down to France after xmas and was very quickly knocking myself out with booze every night, once again I stopped abruptly on the day I was heading home and it hit again. It was then I realized something was very very wrong and I started to look into seizures on the internet. A month ago I was in France once again and soon at 3 or 4 bottles of wine a day – my wife was due down for a few days on the Sunday so I stopped on Saturday morning very early and tried to get myself together. I barely made it to the airport to get her and I knew what was in store, we got back to the house and then it really hit – the worst of all the hits I had taken and I knew then I was finished – my wife god bless her managed to get an ambulance up to the house and pretty soon I had intravenous Valium pumping through my system. I was minutes from respiratory failure and I could literally feel the life slipping away slowly. If my wife had not been there, I would not be here today – it is as simple as that. I had no idea how little it takes to kill yourself this way. It took nearly 2 weeks to get over the worst on a super high dosage of vitamins and minerals. After the major trauma of this event my wife and I started to look into what could be wrong. It was then I discovered the whole concept of AWS and DT’s. I had absolutely no idea at all that this could happen just from binge drinking and I had absolutely no idea at all just how fatal it is with some 30% to 40% of people who go through ending up dead. I was very lucky and I am eternally grateful to my wife who has stood by me whilst I have been going through this hell of an illness for a long time. I am 42 years old, we own and run a successful series of companies, have 2 beautiful boys and a beautiful wife, the best life ever and I almost threw it all away because the drinking makes you a selfish, self-centered horrible human being. I am out of it nowadays, and I have sworn to all concerned that I am done wasting and risking my life. The point of all of this story is to try and let people know that DT’s ( Delirium Tremers ) are lethal and by absolute far and away the most frightening and unpleasant experience of my life. I would not wish it on anybody, when going through it you are literally under the belief that you are finished. Take caution it is absolutely horrendous. The second point of my story is that sadly, no matter what my friends, family or anybody else for that matter said about my behavior – I did not care I was under the false belief that I was doing no one any harm as I was alone. It took a life threatening event for ME to wake up to what I was doing and the risks I was taking – I am under the opinion now that to treat this widespread problem, it must be the user that gets it, no amount of advice or threats from others will work, it is has to be yourself that decides it is time. I just wish I had “seen the light” earlier, but life goes on and now I am becoming hysterical with healthy eating and tracking my health.
    I really hope this helps people who are struggling to pack it in, but you need to realize that I have been there and I took the idea of binge drinking to the very edge of the abyss and there is no way back once you go over the edge. I was lucky, 40% are not. There is just no way I want that molecule in my system anywhere near my brain and other organs again. If I doubt myself at any time, I just remind myself that I have partied all around the world and had more parties and drinks than most normal folks. I drank more in a week than people have in 6 months – so I have had mine and now I need to get on with the rest of my life. I will not miss it. I shiver at the DT experiences, even today I am scared to death by them.
    Hope it goes well for all the brave people who say no more and I really hope that none of you have to go through a severe withdrawal event that I suffered.

    Cheers / A.

  254. I wanted to all give you some words of encouragement. Today makes five months I have gone without a drop of alcohol. For me, this is a stellar feet because I’ve drank pretty much non-stop for 30 years. Recently, I had only drank beer and wine, and told myself that wasn’t as bad. I still wanted a beer at every holiday party, football gatherings, etc., but I told myself that if I continued with my behavior I was going to die an early horrible death. Now in five months I have dropped over 30 lbs and I feel great. I’m getting more active every day. I know I can’t go back to being a social drinker, I’ve tried that before. Yes, the withdrawals are awful (and could be dangerous, so be careful). Sometimes I wonder if I’m completely over them, my short term memory is still not great. But I sleep well now, no nightmares, no sweats or insomnia. Just give your body a chance to be normal.

  255. Dan…..In my experience back in April 2013 when I stopped drinking…..When I stopped drinking my body was use to a six pack of beer a day for some 16 yrs….when I stopped I too stopped sleeping and started having anxiety issue’s like the ones you are describing. Took me about 2 months to get an appetite back and to also be able to get my sleep back to normal. Hope this helps!!!

  256. Hello, i would like to know something i experience when i stop drinking. I can hardly sleep at all and sometimes i have like racing thoughts and dreampictures in my head before i am asleep. Can that be related to alcohol? I find it quiete annoying.

  257. I began drinking 13 years ago, I am now 57 years old female. I began drinking because of all the heart problems in my family and thought it would help. I start drinking in the evening until I go to bed and usually drink a box of wine in 5 days! Yesterday the 21st I said no more drinking which I did good but this morning a headache. I will stop drinking but I am worried about detox symptoms, can you give me some answers as to what I should watch out for and how to handle them? Thank you!

  258. hi. i have been drinking since ’97. i drink almost everyday. i don’t exceed 360 ml of indian made rum / whiskey (half bottle in India) per day because that is my limit. I started eating very little, started sleeping 15-18 hours a day, became weak, lost concentration, fingers started trembling, used to vomit digestive fluid since there was no food to digest. i hope these condition’s fairly explain my state.
    But all this was about 20 days back. i stopped drinking – thought i would enroll myself in a de-addiction center – consulted one of the best in India (TTK) and they said that i have to go through a 25 day in-house program. That day i came back home and said to myself – let me stop and see what happens – i did – what happened – upside is that i am more active, appetite is improving, the trembling of finger stopped/reduced, not vomiting anymore. downside is – i am not able to sleep now, got some basic lab test done Cholesterol level is high, LFT (SGOT / SGPT) is quite abnormal – consulted a friend who is a Doc – he said cholesterol level & LFT abnormality is because of alcohol and poor eating habits. He added that if i stay away from alcohol and eat the right food in the right time, then the body will slowly repair most of the damages that has happened.
    He is an ortho Surgeon and a well wisher – he finally said that if i have any withdrawal symptoms then i need to consult a specialist.
    But for the sleeping problem, i am ok as of now & confident that i am out of it. The only thing that bothers me is – what happens to the damage that i have already caused to my body.
    Any word of advice for me Bro??

  259. Hi, I am a ex alcoholic, working on sobriety. I have been drinking for a long time. But then lately I started to drink a lot more without eating. Not good to do. I quit drink ing alcohol about 3 weeks now. But I have notice that I am gaining weight. Never happen before when I was drinking. Why now?

  260. I just quit drinking about 2 weeks ago. I had been prior drinking 2 bottles of wine a night or sadly a liter of vodka a night. I was laid off recently and not because I couldn’t function, I could no problem. I went to the job search place and was sitting there and a few days prior binged because of the stress of needing a job etc and I had a seizure. I had been having hot and cold sweats for a few nights but had those before when I would days without drinking so thought nothing of it. I awoke just as they were putting me in the ambulance and the EMT asked me if I knew where I was and what day it was etc.
    They ivd me with a bag of vitamins and anti anxiety med. did a brain scan and blood/urine etc The Dr told me I had beginning stages of liver damage and he held my hand and told me I needed to be honest with myself and God of my problem. I was annoyed at first because they didn’t ask me what else I took as I have been drinking dieters tea for 2 yrs daily and live off of bendaryl and excedrin. But it scared me straight and I’ve not drank anything since then.
    The anti anxiety med zombied me out but did make the week a lot easier.
    Now I am eating sugar stuff and I never have and I know the alcohol but I was wondering what is the best foods?
    I am taking a daily and magnesium and eating kale and spinach and tofu but is there certain things to NOT eat?
    Also when I had my seizure I hadn’t slept in a week or eaten due to the job loss and possibly getting evicted,
    Any suggestions? Thanks!

  261. I drink either scotch,tequilla or vodka in a cup of tea- and will finish half to 3/4 a bottle a night. Have been drinking like this for far too long. I know I need help, although I describe myself as a functioning alcoholic, I know Im doing myself great harm. If I just stop will it be safe for me? I have a husband and 5 kids that depend on me and deserve the best of me not just a bit of me. Some advice please

  262. Hello. I just stopped drinking yesterday when I got hospitalized and they gave me some anti-anxiety medicine to calm down. I got over most of the jitters, but I still have a jacked up heart rate and I started urinating blood twice today. Is this normal?

  263. For Jeanine – When you quit drinking and are going through withdrawals, you not only don’t feel well, your nervous system is on over load, you are anxious, you can’t sleep, your digestive system is readjusting. You crave sugar because alcohol is a high calorie fuel and your body is compensating for lack of that. You feel alone – most of your friends are drinkers, many of our best memories include alcohol, and we can’t imagine ever feeling that happy again without it. Give him encouragement, tell him how proud you are of him. Point out the positives to him. In my case, I do the math: 1 six pack micro beer per day @ $8 x 365 days = $2,920/Year. That’s not counting bars and restaurants (cut your dinner bill in half with no alchohol). A six pack of beer (or a bottle of wine) per day is about 1,000 calories/day. My DUI in 2005 cost me over $20,000. I’m a smart guy, I have several college degrees, why would I be so stupid as to subject myself to such madness?

  264. Hi David. That is a great idea. I’ll start working on an infographic with this theme, and get back to you when it’s prepared. Lee

  265. Remember those charts we used to see about when people “Stop Smoking” and it does a day by day and week by week chart of how the body and lungs heal after? Why can’t we find a chart for Alcohol? Most these only give examples about the first few days but never about a week, month, or year later. How come? And if there is such a chart why is it so extremely hard to find on the internet?

  266. I have a friend who is an alcoholic, and he has told me that because he is an alcoholic that if he stops drinking he will die. I would like to know if that will happen or is he just telling me that so he can keep drinking?

  267. I have been a really heavy drinker for about 9 years, on 7.5% wine, like lambrini. I tried quitting a few years back but failed after 12 days, I seen my consultant last week and explained to me that I had cirrhosis and explained what that meant, He said I would die if I didn’t stop immediately, I basically shit myself coz I have a 5 year old son and I thought of him and myself as I did not want to believe this could happen to me, I drank due to stress and boredom but unfortunately got addicted to the oint I wanted it as soon as I woke up. Anyway I’ve stopped with the help of chlordiazepoxide tablets to help with the withdrawl symtoms and its been 8 days now n im feeling great and my jaundice has practically gone, eating has improved dramatically. I suggest if anyone who maybe suffering in this way and has the strength to go through with stopping to see gp and they can give u amedication to help dramatically with withdrawl, its only the first 2-3 days that r the worst but if you want to live its worth doing. TRUST ME!

  268. It has been 31 days since my last drink, I have been drinking lots of water but my urine is very dark and when I urinate it feels very warm and kind of thick????? not sure whats going on…anyone???

  269. Dear sir/madam, I was a binge drinker then sometimes i would not drink for three or four weeks. I would be fine. I would wind up drinking this last time (mixed drinks) did not sleep well that night after drinking. Since then it has been 5 or more weeks since i totally quit. I went through the shakes after i got out of the ER, the first time after three days without a drink.Could not rest well. Still having that problem of not resting. Have been their 2 more times Since then.They do the test of taking your normal stuff they do. Could not find anything. I still hot and cold at times. I have been taking Multi-vitamins,B-complex,B-6,Magnesium, Niacin. I have been told by other Doctors i have Anxiety and i am trying my best to calm my mind. It is the hardest thing to do. Can you still go with withdrawal this long? Sometimes I can snooze at times it is hard. I am wanting to know if it happens tobe a chemical imbalance that can be corrected properly.

  270. I drink 3 to 4 rum and cokes every night but due to finances I am quitting cold turkey will I have withdrawls? I always function through-out the day with out alcohol its just in the evening. what can i expect? Kind of nervous been drinking like this as long as I can remember.

  271. Does drinking 3 to 4, 40 oz bottles of beer everyday, constitute one an alcoholic? My husband doesn’t seem to think so. He’s been doing this everyday for most of his life. He’s now 55. He has stopped for a week or two, after we argued greatly about it. Or if he’s had a particular ‘rough’ night after drinking. But other than that, he says its how he ‘copes’ and how he’s able to get to sleep. Latest update: He stopped drinking beer 3 days ago!! Not sure how long this will last. I asked him why he wasn’t drinking and his answer was: ‘I just don’t feel like drinking beer’. Hmmm Somethings up. Like waiting for the other shoe to drop. On one hand its nice to see him not ‘buzzed’ and speaking like a normal human being. But on the other, I have to deal with a very somber, hardly talking, unaffectionate person when he doesn’t drink. This is so difficult to deal with. I myself, am not a drinker, a real light weight. Just once in a great while I’ll have a drink socially. So, its even more difficult for me to deal with. I try to understand but just can’t. When I met him 11 years ago, I thought (really did believe this; that he was drinking because he was depressed and going through a divorce) But, I was wrong. Other than his drinking, he’s a good man, works hard, pays the bills, etc. Do you have any suggestions?

  272. I’m 63 i quit drinking and smoking 6 days ago, i’m a woman, now my back hurts so badly i can’t walk or sleep. All this pain is in my lower back, i went to the doctor they found nothing wrong with me. Will never drink or smoke again, i could afford to buy all that i wanted. I knew that i was killing my self, and i stopped.

  273. I quit drinking my beverage of choice, wine, 6 years ago. Was a moderate drinker. Was any damage done to me? I don’t have any desire too drink wine…which is what I use to drink. I do however have a beer occasionally. never went through withdrawals..but i did drink for 25 years. just wondering overall any damage done?

  274. Jeanine, A Dr. Put me on Paxil several years back. After the 3rd or 4th Day I was totally zoned out of life……I think I could have sat and stared at a blank wall all day long. I quickly quit taken it. All those type med’s effect EVERYONE different. I am 120 day sobor and I to have never been one to eat sweats untill these last 90 days. I had a real hard time after quiting drinking with really bad anxiety so it took me a month to get a appetiete back. I would say see if your husband will go back to the Dr. and take you with him. I know some Dr.’s apprectiate a spouse coming in……this way they can read between lines. Hope this help………THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT POST HERE!!!!!!!

  275. I forgot to add that the dr put him on Paxil. I am wondering if it’s the Paxil that is making him act weird. Anybody else have problems with Paxil?

  276. My husband had to quit drinking about 3 months ago due to pancreatitis. He has not had a drink since the dr told him he will die if he does. My question is, is how he is acting now normal? He pretty much stays to himself, he hasn’t really talked to me in the past two weeks. He is eating sugar like crazy when he has never been a big sugar eater. He just seems withdrawn. I don’t know if it’s just something he is going through or if he is mad at me cause he had to quit drinking or is this normal for a person to do after they quit drinking? I don’t know how to handle this. I have never had to go through this and don’t know what to expect.

  277. Lisa… Thank you so much! I have been doing so much research and I saw that about the “edema.” It has been going on for five weeks and now I am scared. I really didnt think something as cheap Natural light could take that kind of effect on me! We live… We learn, I suppose! Do any any idea How long this might last? Thank you So Very much!

  278. My GI doctor prescribed for me for edema (swollen ankles) floresimide and Spironolactone which are diuretics to flush the excess fluid. I only drink microbeers which I need to stop doing because it’s too many extra calories and I have a weight problem, diabetes in the family. This last try, I made it for 3.5 months but failed when I went to a close friends college graduation party. I’ll try again now that the 4th of July is over.

  279. Hi Barney,

    You’ve probably got what is called “edema” – google that so you get some information. But, in the meantime, make sure you are watching your salt intake, drink a TON of water each day and maybe throw in a B12 or B Complex tablet plus 2-3 capsules of Milk Thistle.

    Also, try to eat as much Organic fruits and vegetables as you can. I say Organic, and I know it’s more expensive, but your liver has been filtering out all of the bad stuff all of these years and it’s taxing.. Time to baby your liver.

    I am only on day 3 of tapering off, but I have quit before in the past 31 years of my drinking, so I kind of know what to expect.

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  280. I am recovering from alcohol after 20 years of drinking. I am on Day 27 clear and free, except for the fact that since I quit drinking, I have major pain in my feet, ankles, and lower legs. The swelling usually goes down after propping feet up all night….However, after 10 minutes of being up, my ankles and feet are swollen like grapefruit and very painful. I can barely walk at all. Is this part of recovery? It is very scary, as I am a 42 year old female, 5’3″, 112 lbs. Is there anything I can do? —-or just suffer through it and pray that it goes away? Thank You!

  281. This is one of the best explanations I’ve read yet. Sites like ChaCha only simply reiterate the persons question by simply saying it’s the DTs which most people already know. Even though there is a ton of data on the internet their is too much lax, ambiguity, and vagueness from sites that are supposed to be informative. Anyway that said I would like to add that I’ve seen people shake and withdraw even if they usually don’t drink alocohol. You know if someone only drinks every few weeks or months even. But they still shake and show withdrawals and these are people who are not alcoholics however 90% of the answers I see from Yahoo, ChaCha, and other info sites all make the assumption everyone that shakes is an alcoholic. Which is sad really, again this illustrates a lack of viable and informed data. Though I do understand that withdrawal is much worse and dangerous for true alcoholics.

  282. I am having a physical in five days and am anxious about what the results will be because I have been foolish.

  283. Hello, I am an alcoholic of 15 years. I decided to quit cold turkey. I am in my second day. It’s so bad yet. I do feel anxiety and irritability. Been grinding my teeth a lot. Is there any herbal products or over the counter products from the health food store that can ease the withdrawal process?

    Thank you

  284. Keep up the good work Chuck. I didn’t intend it this way, but I happened to adopt a cat the same day I decided to quit drinking (again). Yesterday was the hottest day of the year here and I went out on the deck, looked at that beautiful sunset over the water and I thought “man, I’d love to have a pint of ice cold IPA right now”. Then I looked at the cat, sat down and figured out that since I’ve had her (and quit drinking) I’ve saved: over $1,000, 65,000 calories, lost 13 lbs,I don’t worry that my fridge is empty at 10pm on a Tues, and I don’t shit myself every time I see a cop car. And I know, deep down inside, it wouldn’t be just one pint. It’d be two, tomorrow four, and the whole thing starts over. I don’t care much for the “meetings” so I appreciate you guys writing in.

  285. Well done Chuck! 22 days is good going. You’ll notice how quickly 22 becomes 20, then 30 becomes 40…and before long you’ll wonder what on Earth it was that made you go for a six-pack a day!! The only thing you need in the morning, is a nice strong coffee – and at night, If you’re at home, watch something on TV (or online) that you enjoy. When I started my 100 days without alcohol last year, at nights I would David Attenborough Wildlife programmes, or a couple of episodes of Meerkat manor. Basically, watch something that takes your mind off the problem – and transports you to another ‘environment.’ Sometimes I would watch old episodes of Have I Got News For you – or one of those car restoration shows (like Wheeler Dealers). It really helped me to take my mind off the need to have an alcoholic drink at night – and before I knew it, it was time to brush teeth and get ready for bed!

    After my 100 days, I never went back on alcohol dependency (though with me the problem was not quite as severeas some posters here). Nowadays, I may have one (ONE!) beer with friends on a saturday if we’re all watching football together – but I don’t have the craving anymore. Too busy planning a family – and looking for a better job! 🙂

    Keep up the good work.

  286. I wanted to say thanks to the people that started this blog and a big thanks to all the people that have posted. It has been 22 days since I had a beer. I did not think that I would have a problem since I only had a 6 pack of beer a day during the week a few more than that on the weekends. I have been doing this for 10 to 12 yrs. Last night I actually slept good and had a decent appetite to eat. My body feels like it might be coming around a bit. I been to the Dr. and had a cpl of blood test done and all was well but I still felt terrible. The mornings and Nights being the worst. It has been so relieving to come here for the last cpl of weeks as I would find my self reading all these post over and over again. Thanks

  287. I do have liver damage, but it does not show up on a blood test. You need an ultrasound to see that. It shouldn’t kill me if I stop drinking now (two months now), but I’m only a beer drinker. Liquor is far more damaging. I think you were just experiencing withdrawals, which is sort of like being seasick. It’s awful and I only need to think of that whenever I want a beer.

  288. My niece recently quit drinking after I’m guessing 10 years of hard alcohol drinking, within a couple of days she was experiencing severe stomach pain and her skin had a slightly yellow tint to it, she went to the hospital and they ran tests and eliminated liver damage, what I’d like to know is in your opinion was her liver flushing all the toxins from 10 + years of abuse and that is what caused her pain and skin discoloration

  289. Good on ya. Ole George did more than his share of partying in his day. Imagine what kind of peer pressure a guy like him would be under to party all the time.. if he can say no, should be a piece of cake for us.

  290. Thanks Gibsheet. Glad you’ve been so successful 🙂
    I know I’m not physically addicted, but was/am psychologically addicted to the “escape” part of drinking. I would never get drunk off the Amstel… Just very tired next day, sometimes hungover and lots of guilt (cuz that’s what my mind does…beat myself up) … So the worse I felt about myself the more it made me want to have a beer to distract those negative voices… But of course it just kept reinforcing them. So I figured it was time to resurrect the old me who didn’t need a beer to distract o r have fun….been 12 days now and it’s getting easier…. My brain is resetting 🙂 . George Carlin talked about addiction once in an interview and said that basically when you decide to stop or make a change its because the pain has now taken over 90% of the “party” … The pleasure had or imagined from alcohol or drugs is now so usurped by the pain and recovery the day after that its not serving any purpose but harm now 🙂 …

  291. If you’re only drinking Amstel light, you probably aren’t physically addicted. It’s been my experience, that I had to keep my BAC around 0.05 -0.10 or I would start to get physically sick. Stomach cramps, the runs, pretty much like food poisoning. I like to drink good high alcohol micro-brews, but the added calories were catching up to my mid-section. So after pretty much being on auto-pilot for a decade, I was able to wean myself down switching to lower alcohol beers and eventually I was able to quit without getting too sick. It’s been five weeks now and yeah, everytime I drive by a brew pub, I want to stop in, have a cold one, meet some new friends. I just have to think back to that great quote Dean Weaner told Belushi in Animal House: “going through life fat, stupid and drunk is no way to live!”.

  292. I am not physically addicted to alcohol, but psychologically. So I decided to retrain my brain for the next 30 days to not just instantly grab a beer at the end of the day, or as a “reward”, or if I felt stressed. I havent had a beer in 8 days. ( I only drink Amstel light which has 3.5 % alcohol per volume….no wine, no spirits)
    The first 4 or 5 days were great ( although 3rd day tough) … But now I feel really tired even though I’m going to bed at a normal time and I’m very irritable and emotional and have shortened patience. How long will that last? I can’t find ANY links on the Internet strictly dealing with withdrawal symptoms for people who are strictly psychologically addicted…. Can you illuminate some info for me? Or send me some links? Would be so incredibly helpful. Thank you 🙂

  293. Yes it does make sense. It is now day 10 and feeling better each day although not suggesting it is easy. I will be starting treatment for this this week also, staying positive although there are ugly moments and things to sort I am feeling more ready than ever before…I thank you for your help.

  294. Missy-I hate to say this in such a “been there done that” way BUT stop now. I was where you are and you know what, I am now just over 40 (do not look it and was out being hit on by 19 year old still last year at this time–whilst drinking) but I promise it gets old and you, like me, were the life of the party, but the party ends. The problem is that we are always the ones to get the party started and then in the end we wake up one morning and all the “audience” we had has moved on and we are all alone drinking our way around to younger crowds. It is sad and hard but we have hang it up and be really resolved and it may mean get new friends but I promise that as I approached my late 30’s and then finally in the last years as I turned 40 and now 41 it is hard not to be honest with yourself and admit that you have to grow up and stop pleasing others. I promise all of a sudden all your friends that are depending on you to be the party-girl will suddenly start dropping off and settling down and you will be left alone and I assure you it is lonely and you try and see if you can salvage your life. That is where I am and hope you never get but rather you do it better than I did and leave this disease in its place and find inner and outer happiness.

  295. Hi Missy. You are starting to sense something in your self that is asking you to stop. While your friends may not understand it, the call for sobriety is about getting connected more to yourself and your life.

    I applaud you for stopping drink for a week and asking for help. Now, I’d suggest that you follow up by finding a counselor or psychologist who specializes in treating drinking and start to learn WHY you drink. What does it do for you? And what do you want in your life? The more you talk it out, the more your life can start to change.

    Does this make sense?

  296. Hi Addiction Blog,

    Have read some of the questions and answers and relate to a lot of them. I have been drinking since my early teens and now almost 35. I dont think I am physically dependent but emotionally although I do have some physical reactions. I seem to live life by extremes and suddenly stopped drinking a week ago after a six month bender. I have suffered forom depression most of my adult life that was left unnoticed for a long time and started to get help for but I found it to difficult to confront these problems as it felt they were getting worse once i tried to. I started recently on hangovers to get panic attacks where I thought I would die from my bodies inability to cope anymore. I have stopped for one week now and feel incredibley lucid and together to an extreme which is great but I am afraid that i am going to go back to it! I really cant tell how much I really do not want to, I am scared. The thing is my friends no me as the fun party girl who lives life on the edge, I try and communicate them as best I can but it is difficult when they drink al ot. I dont know really what my question is except that I need reassurance that I am doing the right thing and I will feel even better and be in control of my life, I guess I am worried that if things go wrong then I will go back to my care free ways and I think they could hurt me or worse.
    Much respect to you for this blog it helps me to just read other peoples stories. all the best to you and all of you that are struggling like me

  297. It is my 5th day here and i’m going through hell. I have a bad stomach cramp eevery 15 mins. I hoep this will going away. I hope tomorrow I will feel better. I just don’t want to go to the doctor and get to take on another medicine. I just want to get back in to my normal state again. This cause me so much pain that I would never thinking of drinking again.

  298. Kaz-been there done that. I am currently taking a break from men due to the fact I have been so bad at relationships-nobody likes a “hot mess”. I was married and had times my husband would cower from me beating him and I am a petite woman and he was a massive rugby centre. I was very young then and actually just out of my teens and was pretty sober for me actually most of the time.

    Rapunzel do not beat yourself up, we are sick we are not our sickness. I basically went the same way you did I was moved to USA then lost my job and then was stuck on the wrong side of the pond-which I am visiting now-and actually I lost my job due to a stupid thing I did while on a drinking episode. You are definitely having withdrawals and I would recommend you try and come off as the anxiety is part of the alcohol withdrawals. Just be kind to yourself and patient. In my experience 12 beers is not much but I was pretty hard core so Just take a beer a day away and then slowly come off. That may work best with you just drinking beer.

  299. Makes sense Lush2012, Many thanks for the reply. Not sure it’s helps tho’! Stories sound so similar – that certain point when the gin/wine/beer whatever is running low leads to frenetic bemoaning of no more to drink – sometimes going to amazing lengths to procure just 1 more bottle – then falls ‘asleep’ before it arrives or after first drink from it. It’s painful but…. bloody interesting……. x

  300. Hi Kaz. I remember starting a fight with a friend while drunk and blacked out. I stopped a week later. But I did it with the help of a psychologist and cognitive behavioral treatment.

    Alcohol becomes the way that we feel good about life. But you can learn other ways to live. Just keep reaching out and look in your community for a psychotherapist who specializes in addiction. Part of giving up any behavior is surrender.

  301. I have been a drinker for over ten years. I have had multiple drunk driving offences, as well as many many other poor decisions. I have always been on and off…drink heavily for a few months, then back off and not even have a drink for 6 months. The last 2 years have been pretty tough on me, and 8 months ago I started drinking again. It got to the point that I would wake up at 5am feeling like crap, so I would knock a few back. I get the shakes, I get antsy and crabby when I am sober. Pretty sure I was up to a 12 pack a day. The company I worked for for 10 years closed down in December, since then I have gained about 15 pounds, have wicked anxiety, and just over all feel like my entire world has fallen apart. I have tried again to take it easy, I know my weight gain is from drinking and being totally inactive, but the anxiety and mood swings are so bad if I dont chug a few down. Reading this blog has made me feel a lot better about my situation, it gives me hope seeing so many other people have gone through the same thing and are able to better themselves. I sure hope I can make it through as well….if I dont have a heart attack from the anxiety first!!!!

  302. This sucks. I am about to drive away my beloved man as he is not an alcoholic. And all I can think about is how we would’ve worked forever if he just drank more.

    I am pathetic.

    How do I go about life without booze? I hit him last night. I was drunk after swearing I wouldn’t get drunk and we ended up fighting (we only fight when I’m drunk, I’ve only seen him drunk once). I slapped him in frustration. I would never even contemplate such a thing if I wasn’t drunk. I hate me, I wish there was some way where I could wink myself out of existence so as to stop hurting the people who love me without hurting them forever.

  303. Wendy-It is two fold with diabetics medically speaking. First alcohol is very high in sugar so the sudden onset you describe could be related to an alcohol spike but not necessarily. I say not necessarily as I know alcoholics who, like your friend, (and at times I myself) will drink only on “drinking days” but when we drink we will be ok UNTIL a certain point. I have described what I firmly believe to be the cause of alcoholism; acquired accumulation or inborn presence of THIQ. Very simply put a normal person is only effected in the GABA receptors (this is like taking a tranquiliser) and as a result most people feel relaxed and get slight euphoria from drinking. Alcoholics feel this was UNTIL we hit a certain level of alcohol intake at which point we go into override as the THIQ is activated and is now an opiate response and we lose control of our ability to resist or say no or even stop. Most drinking episodes end with passing out or waking up remembering nothing. I had a good friend, yes we tend to find each other, who would drink and at some point she would get a vacant look in her eyes and they would glass over and you knew everything from that point on is not going to be remembered.

    As for the blaming, to us we blame everything on everyone so this is very normal behaviour for an alcoholic.

  304. Hi – does being a diabetic really worsen the scenario, and though not drinking every day my friend drinks heavily 2 or 3 times a week – spirits/wine/beer he weighs about 18 stone (was 22 but lost weight when diagnosed with diabetes) and doesn’t appear drunk for ages then suddenly ‘goes’ incoherent/passes out.
    Is there any point in my trying to help him? In the past I’ve confronted it – big rows and I had to persevere to keep the relationship going, I’ve given him space to ‘sort his head’ – carries on drinking, I’ve not mentioned it (carries on drinking) his daughter was heading the same way (stealing drink etc getting so drunk, but she has a boyfriend now (shes 32) and the 2 like to tweet their blame on me – eg if I’ve visited it’s my fault when he drinks 4 hrs later – as i write this I’m beginning to see my own answers…

  305. Sean I hate to say it but you likely will get withdrawals with that intake and I would not ever recommend cold turkey. You will not be down to “a beer a week” that is not sufficient for withdrawal. By the time you get down to one every other day you will be able to just withdraw when you go to one every third night. I would sooner, if you can, recommend a valium withdrawal. Many GP’s will respect you for wanting to kick the habit on your own and will listen to your input regarding the desire to be on a benzodiazepine (Valium/diazepam and possibly Xanax/alprazolam to function at work) to control withdrawals and enable you to work.

    I am sorry for this scathing comment but I do not like the Allen Carr book and have seen many a drunk read that, vow to quit “and cease control” and then just end up back at the beginning. It is a scare tactic/self-empowerment book that does not address the serious underlying issues and pathologies of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction. Just my honest opinion. Good luck.

  306. Hello all! I recently read a book called the easy way to stop drinking by Allen Carr but was scared to death to go cold turkey as it says at the end of the book as the fear from withdrawls. I started drinking as a late teen and weekends mainly, then at 21 alot more for years! I have been off it for a week or so at a time then with no withdrawls at all, but the recently last 6 or 7 years nightly I would have Two Icehouse 24’s and then another 24 of light beer for a few years! Recently it is a 40 of Icehouse a night and 24 of Icehouse (Which is 5.5 so stronger than regular beer and sometimes another 24 or a little less! Light beer namely as the third drink. I am guessing that is about 7.5 beers a night! This for a while now on end.

    Do you think this will cause withdrawl or should I continue to cut back slowly as I have been doing lately? With this in mind I want to down one beer every week or so until I am down to a good amount where withdrawls will probably not be severe or just be mental and NO PHYSICAL! Was I drinking enough for years for withdrawls? I don’t want to suffer any as I have not taken days off like some have to see if I get them or not but around 11 or so at night I start to want thsoe beers after work as if it is a habit! I feel it is habitual and therefore harder to break.

    I would like to know if I should just cut it down slowly and then kick it or cold Turkey? I don’t want to just quit and get severe withdrawls as I have to work and that would or could make me look nuts lol.

    Thanks, Sean.

  307. Hi all and to start with Tony let me address your issues. Firstly alcohol is mainly sugar and yeast, depending on what you drink, but these two do a great job in disrupting your intestinal flora, these are the microbes and bacteria that fill your gut. When you drink and interrupt this it kind of leads to a vicious cycle where you are feeding the bad bacteria and starving the good or not replenishing the good. In turn alcohol is craved as are colas and sugary or carbohydrate laden foods. The issue is that this leads to brain fog, a feeling of panic and anxiety and then in turn you think you only feel normal when drinking but in a way you are only using the alcohol to calm yourself down, like a valium would do.

    What you need to do Tony is take probiotics at the same time you quit drinking and smoking. Both smoke and alcohol converts to acetaldehyde which in its turn converts to THIQ in the alcohol brain and can never be removed and accounts for that feeling of being able to drink a bit but then going into overdrive at some point like you drink two glasses then get a certain feeling and know you will not stop until you are passed out or completely drunk. If you get this feeling then drinking is not really going to be possible. It may eventually if you choose to try a Naltrexone implant but getting on a strict alcohol free diet and candida cleanse is the most important thing. I will next address the Valium detox.

    Hi Tony, I am writing smaller bits so if you have more questions please let me know and I will answer as I can. Candida seems to be really a major problem for you and is a huge problem for most alcoholics and also gives that nervous, shaky, watery eyes and sinus issues, constipation and loose bowel movements and general feeling of being in a brain fog. I recommend going to any health food place and asking for a colon cleanse and more specifically a Candida cleanse. You will also need to avoid all sugary foods, drinks and adhere to a pretty strict diet, which incidentally will help your body recover from the abuse as well.

    Now HAPPY I am very glad for you as a fellow female alcoholic I completely understand how you feel and know that the amounts we drink shock people.

    As for everyone who is worried about symptoms and want to know if it is too late and the damage is done? Well yes and no. You may have done serious damage but if you are alive and walking around and choose never to drink again you will only get better, not worse. You should get the issues assessed if you feel you really sickly but I recommend anyone wait, unless they feel acutely ill, for about 3 months as things tend to get better by then but do require a good diet, nutritional supplements such as a multi-vitamin, vitamin B (multi) Milk Thistle, N-acetylcysteine, Tumeric, Selenium, Liv-52 (Liver Support by Himalaya), and some vitamin E. There are others but these do a very good job. By three months most of what will reverse in the immediate should show on tests as improving. If you go now you are going to just panic as 99% of all alcoholics (and most people nowadays who do not even drink) have fatty livers and anytime anyone says LIVER to an alcoholic early in the “recovery” process is just going to scare them back to the bottle. This is why I recommend waiting. Suffice to say there are people with serious cirrhosis that are living 20+ years after diagnosis because they quit drinking. So yes you will heal to a degree and minimally halt progression of disease.

    Now people always ask about valium detox and how it should be done. Well I am not a doctor but I know more than most of them as I have been on the other end of it with many doctors some kinder than others and also have administered it to myself.

    The issue about the detox is that most doctors tend to under prescribe the valium needed to comfortably detox an alcoholic thinking only of preventing seizures rather than your comfort. To the person who is still shaking it is not unheard of and sounds like you may have had a mini seizure as well. I recommend, for everyone, they seek medical assistance detoxing. I would recommend and you are welcome to bring what I suggest to your doctor as it is used often in compassionate detox clinics and I personally have used this a lot.

    You should start the detox by getting rid of all alcohol and if you smoke may as well give that up now too as you are going to be on enough diazepam, valium, to help with symptoms of both withdrawals. As alcohol is similar in its actions as benzodiazepines you will find as an alcoholic you will need higher doses of diazepam to feel comfortable. The initial dose is called a loading dose and should make you feel comfortable when the first symptoms start to appear. This dose may be frighteningly high but the lethal dose for diazepam is almost non-existent. Take about 10mg every half hour until you feel comfortable. Once this dose is achieved and you are comfortable I would recommend taking one half that dose as your next dose and going up only if you feel discomfort. Over the next 10 days you should slowly taper the dose by 10 percent every day and space them out from every 2-3 hours to every 4-6 with your last dose being about 10 mg or 5mg if possible on the last day. You should comfortably come down from alcohol and also be able to kick smoking if you want, which I recommend to all alcoholics since it too tends to feed alcoholism via acetaldehyde which is converted to THIQ. (THIQ is a controversial substance and cause of alcoholism but in all my experience and the fact that Naltrexone seems to really work I am convinced true alcoholics do have issues with THIQ which is a natural opiate like substance that is what some alcoholics are born with giving them instant addiction and others acquire after drinking over long periods of time).

    The valium detox is very valuable to all alcoholics and I more than just recommend it I almost believe it is necessary for all those who are truly addicted, even after a binge sometimes, to safely and comfortably get off alcohol. As I have shared and will share again, IT IS NOT something you should keep on hand to enable you to have binges and come off after the binges as it is cross-tolerant to alcohol and I PERSONALLY have become addicted and can assure you detox from alcohol is NOTHING in comparison to detoxing from benzodiazepines (valium/xanax/ativan etc).

    My recommendation is that if you do use valium never use it, even under a doctor’s supervision, for more than 10 days.

  308. I have been drinking heavily for quite a while, hitting scotch pretty hard. I started getting some pain in lower left abdomen so I cut back for a week and now I have almost stopped completely, the scotch has gone, just a couple of beers in a few days. My organs around the waist area feel really heavy and bloated, not sure if this is liver, kidneys or what. is this normal withdrawal symptom and will they naturallly feel normal or do you need medication. Also the original pain may be a stomach ulcer, although this has subsided a lot since stopping, will an ulcer heal naturally or does this need medication.

  309. Hi I am wondering if you can help me, I am 37, male. I have quit drinking after a scare where I had pain in my kidneys and my face swelled up a lot after a heavy night of drinking. I’ve noticed that I have a constant drained look all the time, dark eyes and poor skin, I don’t look well at all. I was wondering if it’s possible to recover your healthy look after quitting drinking, or is the damage permanent. I never used to look like this until I started drinking heavily, and I know it’s a result of heavy binge drinking.

    I have only been off the drink for a week, and don’t expect miracles, but it would be nice to know that I will look healthy again one day if I stay off the drink.

  310. HI all I’m Danny

    well im a seasoned drinker been drink since i was 13… it started off with a strong can and a few joints with my dad at weekends (dunna smoke that crap now tho)… then when i moved out from home i started on the cider (the stuff thats never seen an apple in its life) then pretty much drinking most nights..i did quit back in 2004 for a month well i had to as went prison i could have had some of the moonshine they were brewing but i enjoyed having my sight more… once i came out of prison pretty much on the train home i got wasted and started all over again… in 2008 i was was in a relationship that i didnt want to be in but stayed as i loved my son more than anything… but was depressed so drank every night usually a bottle of wine and a can…. we split over a year and half ago and share my son 50/50 so the nights i didnt have my son i would drink altho last xmas i drank quite alot as i had family down…. which has then led to me drinking quite alot after xmas (i could drink a bottle of vodka and still feel fine) so i decided that i need to stop,

    on the 26th of jan was my last drink and not touched a drop since. I experienced for the first 4 nights, sweats! where i could wake just dripping wet and would have to towel myself off… i still have broken sleep at the moment but is getting better.

    The problem i have is shakes, if i try to concentrate my hand on doing something ie tightening a small screw with a screwdriver my hand will shake uncontrollably but can hold my hands out and they wont shake only while trying to do something… has anyone else experienced this and did it stop?

  311. I think you have Candida Albicans and need to quit cigarettes, alcohol, at the same time using Valium, and do a Candida cleanse. I think this accounts for the sinuses being stuffed, the fact you likely have bowel issues, feel the same symptoms after certain meals, have anxiety etc. Especially the brain fog and inability to look at people (watery eyes that tear up and feel they cannot focus and give you a phobia of people).

    I will gladly expand.

  312. Hi AB and Lush2012, I’ve read almost every post on this blog and can relate to many here. I’ve been a maintainence drinker for well over ten years now. I started drinking heavily, after I had retired from my amateur boxing career, when I was 25. I had transferred from my community college to a University and had some emotional setbacks. I had always dealt with depression and finally sought help with a counselor that was available for free because I was attending the University.
    I was initially put on Zoloft and it worked wonders for two years until I graduated and had to start purchasing it on my own. The counselor warned me that alcohol would always win over any anti-depressant; the zoloft fought the good fight for a few years. The drinking never stopped, and without the zoloft I had increased anxiety and a few panic attacks, which I medicated with vodka, to watch my caloric intake.
    I generally drink and smoke cigarettes every night to go to sleep. I have a sensitivity to cigarettes that hieghtens my buzz and makes me sleepy/dizzy. I am the ony person that I know of who has this weird relationship with cigs/alcohol.
    I have tapered down from a fifth of vodka every night to a pint of vodka. I love craft beer, but I cant drink much of it because I live with chronic gout as well. I want to eventually taper down to just beer, as my livelyhood depends on my knowledge and ability to taste craft beer and share with my customers (I am a bartender).
    I dont drink at work, but I have always experienced severe anxiety until I am well into my shift. Sometimes I have trouble maintaining eye contact, as it feels as if I am eye-ball-fucking people when I do look at them. They see the fear in my eyes and it makes them uncomfortable.
    I am also so sensitive to alcohol, that when my “morning fog” wears off in the afternoon, and I taste a sip of a new beer at work, I have an instant “fogginess” which is more like pressure in the head that makes it hard for me to stay mentally focused. It will generally wear off in 20 minutes, but it is distracting to say the least.
    I think that my social anxiety is the reason I started self-medicating. Marijuana would be a great alternative to go to sleep if it didnt casue severe anxiety… I guess I would like to know more about tapering off with valium. Thank you in advance 🙂

  313. Hello im connie my hubby shawn i just wanted to say he was and still a alcholic for over 20 yrs ..when he and i got together 3 yrs ago he stopped or i was leaving i wasnt going to have to be the one driving and wasting money on it.so he quit …he still has his moments but when he does i let him talk to me and i try to make it easier for him but he has gone 3 yrs with no help but from me without a drink….i hope everyone finds the support they need and sometimes just having someone who listens and says nothing helps alot too.. Blessings

  314. Brian it sounds like you are more psychologically addicted to alcohol than physically. It seems to have become a “habit” rather than an addiction. I cannot make that decision though only you know whether your body NEEDS alcohol or whether you are both just in a routine. I would guess the latter as it has only been a couple of years and does not sound like you get inebriated as you probably have built a tolerance and the number has stayed steady (usually if you are addicted you will go to harder alcohol or seek more to get the “feeling” you started to get as an “addict”). So in short, yes you can probably change this habit and it sounds like you are starting some better habits. If either of you find a craving or need then you may be getting or may already be physically addicted and then abstinence is probably best or limiting drinking to VERY special occasions. Good Luck.

    Terry, YOU SHOULD NEVER STOP ALCOHOL ON YOUR OWN COLD TURKEY. It is the most dangerous drug along with benzodiazepines to quite cold turkey as it can AND DOES kill people. I would either cut back slow using the oldest method, beer, or seek medical advice and get some medications like diazepam or chlordiazepoxide to get you off safely.

  315. I have drank alcohol almost every day since the beginning of 2000. Liquor occasionally but mostly beer, averaging a 12 pack a day. I want to quit cold turkey now and get my body back to just having a drink on the weekend or something. Is this safe and possible? I already feel withdrawal after 12 hours or what I assume is withdrawal.

    1. Terry,
      I have been a heavy drinker for 20yrs the last 7 of them, I was drinking a doz 8% bourbons a day, + a bottle of jager or tequila a week. I am female, I have cut down to twice a week in the last 2 months, by cutting down 1 can a day eg 11 then 10 etc, I am now drinking only on weekends and its only a doz and I feel great, have more money and to be quite honest I don’t miss it, I think it became more of a habit than a nessesitie. However I do enjoy a drink and did not want to give it up full stop, just on occasions or weekends. And all these years I have never enjoyed the drunk feeling I just like to be mellow. I have 4 children and they never new u was drunk, I would always cook dinner, clean the house organise everything, what I use to call a functioning alcoholic, but I recommend bit by bit so it’s not so overwhelming and your body dosnt go into shock

  316. My wife and I are both 27 and we have been drinking 8-10 beers every night for the past 2-3 years. We’ve both gained weight and our committed to stop drinking 7 days a week. It’s only been 3 days since we’ve stopped drinking and we want to stop drinking during the week. It’s hard because it’s just become a routine, it’s what we do. Drink beer and watch TV every night. We both know realistically we are never going to drop drinking all together. But we both have started working out and eating healthier as well. I guess my question is for someone who drank 8-10 beers every night for the past 2-3 years is it REALISTIC and POSSIBLE to stop drinking during the week and just drink on the weekends out with friends. Or will drinking 1-2 days on the weekends make it harder to stop during the week? Please advise, thanks!

  317. Left side is really more indicative of an intestinal issue or appendix. If all tests are normal it is likely not anything to worry about. Liver pain and even gallbladder or pancreas would present mainly on the right upper quadrant or centrally located (like between the very bottom of the ribs where they come together). In the latter case you would be considering stomach, pancreas and liver issues as possibilities but you have had lots of tests and it seems all is well. I would be proud of being off the booze for 3 months and just try and lose some weight if they advised you to do that. Minimally try and take in more fibre and see what happens. Good luck to you but I would not be so worried.

  318. 2 months ago I had this pain in the lower left side by my ribs. Went go see the doctor, he said i probably pulled a muscle and come back in two weeks if it’s still the same. Went back but the same pain was worse. He sent me to get X-rays done, they came back negative and nothing showing was wrong. Went for an ultrasound and a C.T scan came out negative waited two weeks for a gastrologers. He suggested i should go on a diet but i refused and insisted on an endoscope. Waited a week to go for that test, they took tissue samples went to the doctors to get the results everything came back normal. But he stated that i cut back my drinking. I haven’t had a drink in well over 3 months. Does anyone have any answers for me?

  319. Hi Bob. Some drinkers can become moderate drinkers. It really depends on the person. Getting honest with yourself is the first step. Perhaps you would benefit from visiting an substance use specialist and going in for an evaluation? It doesn’t take long and can be very informative and a good step towards meeting your goals.

  320. I have been drinking whiskey heavily for the past week, in general I have been drinking whiskey more than usual for the past month, before that I was only a moderate drinker or social drinker but now I’ve reached the point where I drink simply because I like how it feels at night when I’m home. I’ve been scaring myself for the past few days because I would say I’m not going to drink tonight but inevitably I did. Tonight I actually made it to the point where I went over 24 hours without a drink. I am scared of the idea of alcohol withdrawal, but I’m not sure if I experienced any other than a couple of times thinking i want a drink but then id occupy myself with something and forget about it. As I dont want to be an alcoholic or experience alcholic withdrawal, I also don’t want to give up the occassional drink for the rest of my life. My question is: Could this temporary heavy drinking be just a phase and it’s not too late to get it back under control? That way I can enjoy a drink or two at a club or friend’s house but have it not go back to a regular routine?

  321. Hi,I just stumbled on to this site by reading a book on my kindle about synthetic pot.i do not smoke ( I use to but made me wacked out), but I do enjoy my evening cocktails.i will have about 5 a nite ( I measure with a shot glass 1 shot. But of course times when off for a couple days ,I will drink more.i don’t let myself get out of control anymore.( drank alot with ex an got to wasted ), but I worry of course about this daily drinking. I mean I work 2 part time jobs an go to school ,well working on real school,goin thru a unemployment program for a grant. But anyway,I’ve been told i have a fatty liver as well.ive been drinking since in my 20s an am now 52. I don’t want to go thru rehab ,just afraid of what will I go thru if I stop. No health insurance now.ive quit for almost a year about 8 years ago,didnt have withdraw an felt good.so any suggestions?

  322. Hi Jimmy. Seek help with a detox clinic. The medical staff there will evaluate and treat you personally. With a long history of drinking a high volume, you want to be sure that you are in the best hands, should you be at risk of delerium tremens or seizure.

  323. I read almost this whole page and words like “stomach bleed,” “fatty liver,” “bloating,” “vomiting,” etc, kept repeating themselves. I can identify with several of these symptoms of alcohol abuse having drunk a six pack a day for 7 years and however much when I was younger and even dumber. I am in awe at how casually we drunks torment (or have tormented) our bodies. It’s been 2 months today since I quit drinking, I’m feeling much better, and I can’t believe how long I eagerly and ritualistically poisoned myself.

    There have been many excellent replies by the administrator of this blog to the question, “what happens to your body when you quit drinking.” I would simplify the answer to this– your body gets healthier. Period. Even though your emotions are wild and fluctuating, you’re freaking out, twitching and losing your mind, your body is healing. I still have powerful cravings, but every time they hit I remind myself of how good my stomach feels, how much weight I’ve lost, and how much better my skin looks and feels. There are a hundred particulars, but simply put, your body gets stronger when it isn’t being daily poisoned with alcohol.

    By the way, I have gotten to 2 months sobreity with a lot of help from herbal teas. There are a million flavors, you get hydrated and they help you relax. Best of all, you can’t abuse them. All they will do is cause you to pee alot.

  324. Jimmy you need a chemical detox. On that level of Vodka or alcohol at all you need to get “weaned” and comfortably. I would call around and ask a doctor if they are willing to COMFORTABLY detox you. This may mean Ativan or Xanax (lorazepam or alprazolam) and then slowly to valium or librium ( diazepam and chlordiazepoxide) . You are physically addicted and it is necessary you do not stop without medication now. PLEASE consult an addiction specialist or feel free to contact me via this site and I will try and find one wherever you are. YOU CAN DO IT.

  325. hey I drink 24 hrs every day,am 56 and been doing this for 6 yrs,I drink a 1.75 bottle vodka every day and a half I want to stop but about 8 hrs is as long as I gotten,I live alone and need help……jimmy

  326. Thank you for the information Lush, it helped me and supported a lot, it;s the 9th day of mine without any alchohol, feel better everyday, better sleep no nightmares, I will surely have to totally reduce fast food and all the fried stuff, thanks again once Istopped this is for good, good luck to everyone.

  327. Christi at 70 with his lack of will to stop I can only say he is killing himself and will. You may want to discuss the option of Naltrexone shots and see if the Sinclair Method will not work (it allows him to drink but he will drink less and eventually not want to drink–I would explain in detail but I write enough on this board). The other option, if you have permission to discuss things with his medical team is to ask about giving him sulfasalazine. It has promising results even among active alcohols in reducing and reversing cirrhotic and fibrotic tissue-EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF THEIR QUITTING.

    That all said, I would brace for the worst as doctors tend to write people off at a certain age and with his laundry list of ailments he would be a medical “write-off” to all but a very sympathetic doctor. The death by cirrhosis is horrible and perhaps you could take him to an ICU and see if you could arrange for him to meet an alcoholic dying of cirrhosis, it will leave a HUGE impact and will give you some insight as to what you have to look forward to if he does not get help. I am sorry you are in this position and sorry for your friend.

  328. I have a friend that I am very concerned about. He is 70 years old, only eats less than 3 ounces of food per day, and drinks several pints of vodka per day. He is a veteran and has been put in a nursing home for alcohol before. He chain smokes and has emphasema ( sorry on spelling) and COPD. He is my best friend and he is going to die I am afraid. He has chirrosis of the liver and was told that if he went back to drinking he would die. Any advice? Thanks

  329. Anna and Melissa sounds like the same story or similar and I want to answer both of you if the moderator does not. I can tell you that the amount you drank would have had to be very extensive to cause permanent and lasting damage. You likely have fatty liver, this will resolve itself with ongoing abstinence. I would recommend you take some B-vitamin, eat healthy, (a lot of raw vegetables and fruit no fatty or fried food or processed food) and eat lots of soy products and if possible take Milk Thistle, Liv-52 by Himalaya, AND MOST IMPORTANT Soy Lecithin (which cleanses the fat from the liver). I would NOT pick up another drink because you do not seem to be “pickled” yet as you are not having withdrawals at present which means you did not establish a physical addiction.

    I am not sure what country(ies) you are from but I would be glad to address you in your native language as I speak quite a few languages and it seems you may feel more comfortable-I am suspecting either Spain or Northern Europe (North-Eastern)? Either would be fine for me to address you in those languages.

    Long story short it is best you stop now. The good news is the liver is very resilient and recovers from most things if it is not perpetually damaged and if the source of damage is removed, in this case alcohol. I think you both (or you) have a good chance of a full recovery and even can resume drinking normally if you so desired after dealing with the reasons you drank excessively to begin with–IF YOU CHOOSE. If you can live without it that is naturally better.

    You would know if you had hepatitis that was serious or if you had any advanced liver disease but for your peace of mind I would refrain for 3 months then get some liver enzyme tests run and if need be ask for more testing if there are any abnormalities present.

    To also allay your fears, it has been shown repeatedly in recent studies (University of Glasgow most recent) binge drinking is less harmful than daily drinking. So in other words going on a binge or even a bender with days or weeks off in between is better for the liver as it gives it some chance of repair as opposed to daily drinking that perpetually harms the liver and never gives it an opportunity to recover.

    So all in all you are in good shape for making full recoveries BUT must remain committed to abstinence and know once you start to get withdrawals you enter a new phase of alcohol addiction that you can never return from.

  330. hey
    i began drinking regularly at 18 before that just 3times a year or not
    but now i have been a regular binge drinker for a about 2 years the last 9 months been drinking heavily, I am 20 now
    Quited for 3 days now, no withrowal symptoms and I feel fine, think I don;t have psysicall dependance from alchohol.
    Just wanna know can my organs and nervous system selfrecover and what amount of time will I need for it?

  331. Hey everyone
    name is Anna
    I am 20 and I drank heavily for 8 months, daily, now I wonder can my self recover in a period of time, I really want to quit it, I am sober for a week already, no panics, no attecs, better sleep and feeling, no cravings for a drink and never drank before.
    But now my concern is will my body be fine and recover itself as I want to have a child in a year or so. I wonder can body self recover at my age and with 8 months of heavy drinking.

  332. Cut the smoking down–it is a stimulant. I would seek a doctor who can prescribe you a quantity of valium (diazepam) that can safely detox you. You should take one LOADING dose (a dose that makes you not feel shaky and nervous or agitated) and then take about 10-20 mg every three hours, then taper to every four hours, then every 6 then lower the dose to 5 mg every 8 hours then stop. The loading dose and a PRN (as you need) is the best way. ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL CAN KILL YOU.

  333. I am a 36yr old man who is seeking advice about continued drinking. I was single for most of my adult life which lead me to going out socially 3-5 nights per week. Outside of the occassional vacation I would only drink at night on the nights I went out. In June 2010 I relocatted for work and settled down in an area without much night life. I began drinking between 8-12 beers every night which I know is not healthy. Three months ago I was promoted at work and with it came much more stress. I began to develop some anxiety and I realized that the drinking did not help. I did not know if I would have any detox affects from quiting cold turkey so I went to my Dr. and explained my intentions. The Dr. gave me anxiety meds and blood pressure meds. She ran all kinds of tests and said I was perfectly healthy.When I detoxed I didn’t want to take the meds and felt the anxiety and experienced increased blood pressure which scared me. I then did not drink for two months and felt great. Last week I decided to have a couple beers which led to me going out for the evening. What followed was several more days of drinking in a row. Because of my fear of taking medication I checked myself into a detox facility. They gave me valium and vitamins every four hours the first couple of days. I had no withdrawal affects except a little elevated blood pressure. I do not want to drink everyday again but am curious if I can retrain myself to go out for drinks once a week if I so chose.

    Thank you for your time!

  334. Hello,

    I had been a drinker of beer for about 6 years and am now 27, i would have anywhere from 4 to 6 beers a day (not lite beer). I now have been sober for a little over two weeks, my health is getting better but my mind is still in a heavy fog off and on during the day and i have had some rough times with my mind thinking about how bad things are, no work, no insurance, bills, ect… and this usually makes me feel very, very anxious about life in general. I know that it will pass and I know that it can be worked out. But my main concern is that when I worry like this I tend to make myself sick / nauseous and have problems with eating for fear I will just puke it all up. Is this natural? I really want to feel better with not having to take any pills….. Any tips for dealing with this? Good luck to all who have had the courage to take a step to not drinking.

  335. i never liked red wine, shor a few beers form time to long time enough time to not really remember that i/we had a good time, man red wine made me feel heavey not until the doc told me that i should not drink have i drunk so much. honestly i have no intentions of dieing before my time, but it seems that i have put my hand up to indulge in a subsance that slows down wiv so much that i have volintarily knocked my self out for the 7 years nights. luckly i shifted out of the awakening in the position i passed out in some time ago. like water does this solvent get so close. how did these lead shoes become pleasant. is this how i planned to die, known body unwillingly plans to di, so thats why i get my doctors liver/ kidney when

  336. I appreciate that worked for you and I can also say by my own experience–“will power” has got me off–BUT IT NEVER TREATS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES. You may be a situational alcohol (my “invention” I believe) but you cannot be a genetic THIQ alcoholic and expect a life of sobriety from that. It is far too bio-chemical. I still applaud you but it is like telling someone with the “blues” SNAP OUT OF–exercise, run, you will feel better, as opposed to a chemical depressive. One size does not fit all

  337. Well done Jim!! 6 weeks is impressive. You have demonstrated that you are able to exercise control over your craving for alcohol. The craving was perhaps less for the taste or particular flavour of wine – rather it was more for the intoxicating effect of ethanol in the drink. If you read this blog from the start, I have posted a couple of times regarding my own experiences – not that dissimilar to your’s in terms of daily quantity of alcohol imbibed.

    I haven’t researched fully whether the alcoholic “condition” is inherited. My own parents (and grandparents and ancestors thereon) are of the faith that strictly forbids alcohol. (You know the one!) 🙂 So my own craving for it was more likely learned, rather than inherited – and bear in mind, I didn’t even start drinking until I was into my late 20’s. So in my case, environmental factors played a role. So when people say “alcoholism runs in the family” the idea that this MUST be a genetically inherited condition at the embryonic stage may just be only a part of the story – used as a convenient excuse to explain what might in fact just be learned/acquired behaviour. The actual gene (or sequence of nucleic acids coding for this behaviour) has yet to be identified. It would explain why I found it quite easy to quit – since in the absence (or redundant/reduced role) of the gene, my craving never got to the stage where I needed the alcohol for survival.

    Anyway, assuming that genetics plays a role in encouraging alcoholism – which is then compounded by environmental factors (availability of alcoholic drinks, parties, celebrations etc), the fact that many people are able to kick the habit – and still live for many years afterwards, shows that at least the condition is not essential for the survival of the organism. The real picture is probably more complicated than that as there will be different degrees of alcoholism.

    But we do have one thing in our armoury that we CAN use – before resorting to pharmaceutical aid: Will power. While neurologists have not yet empirically defined what will power is, it doesn’t matter from the point of view of giving up alcohol. If you read my other contributions in this blog, you’ll know how I did it. And it worked well for me. There are many similar tales elsewhere on the web. Your 6 weeks will soon become 8, then 10 – and during this time, your mouth and gums will heal, your liver will recover, your brain will re-adjust, your stomach lining will repair. Think of it as a 10-year old car getting its oil changed, all the filters getting replaced, new brake pads, new tyres, new exhaust, new spark plugs, etc etc. And it will cost you NOTHING. And the only reason why a complete stranger would spend time writing this for you, is because he/she genuinely wants to help. Isn’t that worth more than swigging down half a bottle of cheap supermarket wine ? If your answer is “yes” then you have it in you to fight the addiction and slay the demon. Do it!! 🙂

  338. Yes, I would say your doing a smart thing on trying to seek out different options in helping control the whole motive for drinking. Thas pretty much where I am. I have always been a drinker on and off since adolecence and now I have built up such a tolerance that even when I call myself chilling out, I still manage to push back at least 8 – 10 drinks in one single day and this is without really feel what you would call “BUSSED” UP. So I have alcohlism on both sides of my family and I could go figure why I would drink so much. I can go days without drinking but seems like once I do start, I cant stop. So I was recently diagnosed with H pylori wihich is pretty much a stomach ulcer but it has a whole host of symtoms that include abdominal pain, extreme body itching with no rash, bloatedness and the list goes on. Lucky me and yes, Im a god fearing individual so I say nothing but the lord looking over me cuz, this thing could have been so much worse. Granted, there are so many other things that could have caused this but one ofthe main triggers is excessive alcohol and I just happen to be a heavy drinker. So I have to take a series of 7 different medications to get rid of this stomach infection or parasite in my intestines . Its all about lifestyle change. You got to be ready, willing and commited to making a change. Wish all of you the best of luck. Im just sharing my story.

  339. I have a history of alcoholism in my family (father). I have been a steady drinker for the last 45 years (though in small doses and have never lost a job or a relationship, DUI due to alcohol). I would call myself a functioning alcoholic.

    I quit (for the most part) drinking beer as it was gaseous to me. I would occasionally have mixed drinks. Within the last 25+ years I have enjoyed a glass of wine or “3” most daily. Generally I would drink a bottle of wine in 2 days and now it has often got to 1 bottle a day.

    In being tired of “smelling of merlot”, eyes bloodshot and having that drunk look expression on my face while taking photo’s, I’ve decided to quit.

    I have been free of wine all together for 6 weeks. I’m obviously proud of this and feel better. However I’m often tired, sleep for 8 to 10 hours most evenings, short on stamina .. probably need some exercise.

    I’m looking for a support force or blog I can visit with. Care to help or recommend?


  340. Hey all,

    So I would have about 10-12 drinks a day for about 3 years (college never kind of ended). I agree with Jing, marijuana was incredibly helpful in getting through withdrawal. It helped me sleep, calmed down my headache, and helped me the first couple days (couldn’t really stop eating after 3 days though, didn’t realize how many calories i was getting from alcohol). This may draw some fire, but marijuana use has kept me from going back to binge drinking. It still helps me sleep and relax but without the damage to my liver and my life in general.

  341. I just wanted to say for those of you that can legally use marijuana, it helped me a lot with symptoms when I quit drinking. I can not promise it will work for anyone else, but it worked wonders for me.

  342. Sorry I wrote so much again but I am fascinated by the topic and also know the struggles people have and the fact that most sites are geared toward pushing people toward a sober life when they feel like their lives are quite empty without alcohol and the all or nothing approach is not realistic. I think more sites should look at harm reduction and assisting people to get where they want to be with an objective to get people off alcohol for as long as they can and as easily as they are able to stop. Ongoing support should really be something that the sites also gear themselves toward with people able to reveal their locations on closed forums and meet up with like-mined people and forge real life friendships with people who are striving toward the same goal without enlisting AA or other “established” groups that seem to diffuse. The difficulty is that it would risk becoming just yet another diffuse group.

    I propose we should start a group of mentoring and “friending” people and cut the judging out and the demand for adherence to anything and just try and help each other–which is what AA and other groups try and do but are just missing some ingredient that I have yet to find. I think the internet and a forum may be that ingredient. Something like ‘ALCOHOL ABUSE PORTAL’ or something of the like that is able to share, help people honestly and realistically and reach out to others and get back. I know I am still alcohol free now and have mitigated my alcohol abuse in the past ONLY by sharing and being active online as there are times an alcoholic just cannot even go out or face new people and hope to connect when you are afraid you will have to give a commitment to stay free of all drugs/alcohol and will be held accountable by the people meant to help you.

    In either way good luck and if this does get printed you can feel free to reply and I am happy to reply back as I get my iPhone ring every time I get an email so I will know and I am pretty good at answering things straight away.

    Huge hug and know you are not alone.

  343. First acquire the diazepam (generic Valium, which is just the original Roche brand). You should get a limited supply and from somewhere that is reputable. I would recommend places but I am worried that this may not be appropriate on here. I recommend you get 10mg tablets, preferably scored (with a line to halve them) if at all possible.
    You initially need what is called a “loading dose”. A loading dose is the amount needed to make you feel perfectly comfortable if not a bit drowsy. The first dose should be when you begin to feel symptoms. Start with about 20-40 mg and if that is not enough keep taking an additional 10mg every 45 minutes until you are comfortable if not drowsy with no signs of shaking or other symptoms. As I am not sure how much your current daily intake of alcohol is nor your body weight I cannot tell you exactly how much but you should have no palpitations, sweating or other symptoms. Rehabs and detoxes purposely use the “one size fits all” method because if you are unpleasant they feel that it is a deterrent to you and that you will think twice before drinking again when sadly, as you have expressed, the opposite is true; namely you think twice about quitting again. So the key is comfort and the loading dose is meant to make you feel comfortable.

    Depending on what your loading dose was you should then take the same dose minus 1/3 the next day but space it out into three doses if possible-morning, afternoon and bedtime. If ever you feel discomfort just take an extra pill until you feel comfortable. Each day for about 7-10 days you should slowly be cutting one third of your dose out and eventually just STOP and at that point you should be on one 10mg tablet to make you feel normal or even one half of a 10mg-(5mg’s) and then just stop. Due to the half-life 50-200 hours, the former being the immediate half life the latter being the half life of all the metabolites, the natural decrease happens in your body and you will feel little or no withdrawal. The key is to reduce as quick as you can and remain comfortable. What you are doing is letting your GABA receptors come down gradually and preventing seizures, tachycardia (heart palpitations/racing) and all the other awful feelings that alcohol withdrawal entails.

    IF you cannot follow this or are too afraid that you will substitute one addiction for the other my advice is two fold; 1. I would rather be a benzo addict than be dying of liver disease–though ideally neither. 2. There is an alternate choice for you that may “extinguish” your need for alcohol.

    The two is called the Sinclair Method and basically involves you getting Naltrexone tablets and taking them while you continue to drink. It is a process that has proven to be highly effective in true alcoholics and I do recommend it but it has the tendency to make people, unless they use the implant, feel like they can say,”Screw it-I want the high”.

    I would recommend Naltrexone to be taken if you really cannot do the valium detox or feel like you will transfer addictions.

  344. The cross tolerance though is something that makes them uniquely able to help people get off the other ones as each has a slightly different area of the receptors they affect and as such cross addiction for purely weaning is not only good but the preferred medical method of detoxing any person. You only run into problems when you are like me and have access to benzodiazepines and abuse them because you are using them to constantly come off the alcohol, and in my case, cigarettes as well. I was always drunk then weaning from one the latest binge or smoking, which I often relapsed to during a binge and then got hooked on.

    If you are certain that you are ready to stop, and you have had hepatitis (swollen liver) and ascites (fluid in your abdomen) so you really need to consider quitting for good for your long term survival, then I will recommend however you get the valium to get some. To be frank, and I am not meaning to scare you, but you seem to already have significant liver disease and it is not going to get better. You are lucky you survived this long as am I and many others.

    So your next question probably is how do you use it the valium and I will explain that, again at risk of over-stepping my bounds on someone else’s forums and must also say I am not a medical doctor but do realise that people do this whether or not they have an MD and what I am about to say is text book addiction medicine so better you get it from someone then just go on your own.

  345. Now back to your situation, I completely understand where you are coming from and I will tell you my own personal advice without meaning to offend the moderator by giving advice on someone else’s forum.

    You are far from alone and I find it a shame that we cannot seem to organise and all make things work with just the power of mutual support and some leading others. There are so many of us that for a long time I was part of another board and was amazed to see how many of us are out there, especially women-though that is a bit skewed as I think women generally speak more than men and are more communicative online as well.

    You ask about what to do about the valium and if it is replacing one problem for another and I will say NO. I did that and at present I am unemployable as well as I am going through the last of my valium withdrawals. I am almost there but this actually is so hard and makes alcohol withdrawal seem like a cake walk.

    Alcohol, barbiturates and benzodiazepines are the only three things that can really kill you from withdrawal. This is because all three have a potent effect on GABA receptors, which we replace with alcohol/benzos/barbiturates.

  346. PNW2012- This may come through as several posts as it is saying it looks like spam. So last try:

    Thank you very much for the compliment. I actually am aspiring to be a writer but it is a very hard industry to break into when you have little resources available and no formal “journalism” education. It is about banging on a lot of doors and I have written and peddled my own autobiography to no avail thus far, but never give up. I also have written quite a bit in newspaper editorials and contribute to blogs quite often.

    Now I have not told most of my story but my job was peripherally in journalism/sales and I actually ended up in USA for a while and was actually also jailed for 48 hours for DUI in one of the worst jails in all of USA after totalling a rental car while my car was being repaired. I actually was extremely lucky as I did not merely total the car, I ran off the road into the median with a .24 BAC and recall precious little. I had a cop that did the road side testing and a marine and his girlfriend who were state witnesses. At the time I too was working from home and other than the hell of the two days in jail-due to the cop lying to me (which is probably why the story goes as it does)-I got of with NOTHING. I was lucky as I had money and hired a very good lawyer and waited for the court date after already having won back my license because the cop did not show at that hearing. Almost a year later I had the court date and was shaking. Naturally I lied to the lawyer and said I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I HAD SUCH A HIGH BAC-I WAS WITH THESE GUYS AND HAD A FEW DRINKS AND THEN I LEFT AND EVEN WAS COMPUS MENTUS ENOUGH TO KNOW MY METER WAS GOING TO EXPIRE.

    My lawyer was very thoughtful and kind and really looked at me like a woman who had just probably been plied with drinks and left and then they kicked in, as I do carry myself very intellectually and very “proper” when I am not inebriated. I also claimed, which I know not to be true, that they made me blow several times because they were not getting their result. The truth was I had known enough and was sobered real quick when I ended up at the precinct that I was taking shallow breaths and trying to blow minimally into the machine. Truthfully I can bet you it was far higher than a .24 as I had already come down significantly by the time I was at the precinct. The mistake the cop made was he and his female companion had walked down the hall and left me alone waiting as I prepared to be tested and later laughed after making me take the test 3 times (because I was not blowing into it correctly) and said, “You blew a high enough BAC for all of us to go to jail-you are more than three times over the limit.”

    Then when I asked if I needed to call anyone to bail me out he told me know as he was taking me to central booking. He advised me to leave my things, including my mobile/cell phone with jail “property” and that I would be in for an 8 hour hold. This was not true and as I was arrested on a Friday evening I would not go into the court until Monday morning to be released on my own recognisance. I did end up calling a friend who I was lucky enough to know was working on Sunday and I could call her as I never memorise numbers anymore but knew the employer so was able to call and get her number.

    Days later I hired a $6K lawyer and basically he was a very big name in the DUI circuit and when the cop did not show I had three options-take a deal which would give me a record or plead guilty to a lesser charge and be sentenced by the judge, or take my chances and continue my plea of innocence and wait until the state either brings charges again or the statute runs out. Due to the law where I was arrested there was a 90 day statute based on my rights to a speedy trial and I literally was walking on eggshells as the law was that if they served me within those 90 days I would then be back on the waiting game and do it all over but if they did not then it was over. Turns out my lawyer basically knew the female prosecutor and she had dropped the charges but he could not have told me that in the court, though he did say, ‘YOU MADE A WISE CHOICE’.

  347. LUSH2012, you are a very talented writer and I’m interested to read about other problems with addiction to alcohol. You are a binge drinker, I am a maintenance drinker. In college, I started drinking 2-3 nights a week, probably more of a binge drinker. But I devolved over 25 years to a everyday drinker. Young college grad making good money, I was tasked with entertaining our clients, many of which were from Japan. In their culture, you must drink or they don’t trust you to make a deal.

    Fast forward to now, I got a DUI conviction in 2005 and was court ordered to do 4 days in jail, pay USD1,000 fine, paid a lawyer about 2,000 and go to treatment school and AA meetings. I am not an AA fan either, to much Godliness. Plus half the people in there were recovering hard drug addicts which chain smoked and chugged crappy coffee. More power to them, if it works for them. But Ii don’t really have anything in common with them. I had to quit here for a year (mandatory random piss tests at school). That was my first mistake.

    Then in 2007 I was drinking heavily every day and night, liquor. Loved those screwdrivers. I got very sick, had to have 3 pints of fluid removed from my abdomin and was diagnosed with liver inflammation. I swore off alcohol for another year. I lost 30 lbs, everyone told me how good I looked, but I felt emotionally unattached to any of these people. It was lonely.

    So in 2008, I thought “I can have a pint every now and then in a social setting”. That became 4-5 pints a day and went up from there. Since I worked from home, no one to tell me not to crack open a beer at noon. I was under the erroneous assuption that if I drank only beer, I could control it.

    2012, I’ve gained the 30lbs back, I’m single again, and I’m unemployed. Not a stellar record for a college grad. I rarely drink to the point of being drunk, but I must drink every day or I get sick. I truly want to quit, but the stomach cramps, sweats, diarreha, insomina make it intolerable and me unemployable. I would like to talk to my doctor about it, but I signed away my confidentiality rights to get on govt. health care (yes, U.S). I can get Vallium, but isn’t that substituting one problem for another?

  348. Hello! What a great site!

    Without boring you, I’ve been drinking since my teens.I have previously had 3 months off the booze but stupidly fell into the trap of thinking I could ‘just have one’-doesn’t work (!). I can now finish a 70cl bottle of vodka a night & know its harming me. Worryingly, I don’t feel too bad the next day. I had 3 days off a week or so ago & wrote down all the positives of how I was feeling-but had not not got a plan in place to carry it on. My aim is to quit-I don’t enjoy it at all now.

    Good thing is ther only ‘acute’ physical withdrawal is on the 1st night my sleep is a bit rubbish-after that things settle fast. No other physical withdrawals at all-which is a releif. I do look after myslef with supplements-slow release vit b complex + vit c, milk thistle, l-glutamine (powder-help really well-seems to stop any cravings), omega 3/6/9, multi-vits, & i drink a lot of water.

    I’m starting today-is there anything that you can tell me about how the body recovers in 7 days of no drink-this would really motivate me?

  349. HI,

    I am karishma,my boyfriend is alchoholic (i think last 6 years)it my be more the 6 years bcoz we r in relationship(live in relationship) last one an half year we r getng marraied also.he is takes rum evry day minimum 6 pegs,when we go to the disco n pubs he was take 7-8 pegs n more…..last one week he takes 4-5.and he wants to stop drinking he is trying to stop drinking but slowly but thing is he is bocoming vry irritate, angry & wht i do..i dnt understand n his doing breakfast,lunch & dinner on time,he is litle bit fat(means he had tummy) wht i cuk for him…how to stop his drink….pls help me….

  350. Hi Again “Addiction Blog”-

    This will be a very short one as I am actually doing a bit of work, as I have been all night as I work doing some freelance journalism at present. So it has been a big night/day for me with no sleep.

    I think that having been in and out of AA for the time I was I felt like the “war stories” caused me to crave the “excitement” as I feel it glamourised alcoholism and especially the alcoholic bender; which a true alcoholic is very familiar with, sadly.

    I do know that there is SMART Recovery, RR and many others. I also know one facility in FL uses the Sinclair Method (Naltrexone) and Ibogaine is used at clinics in Mexico.

    I think a lot of the issue I have with the “support groups” is that the main one is AA and it is highly unsuccessful, no matter how anyone cuts it. I always felt people who were hardcore AA’ers would get nasty toward people who relapsed and say things like, “WELL YOU WERE NOT WORKING A PROGRAMME” etc. It is the myriad of cliches, some of which are useful actually, and the judgemental people who do exist and the deep religious overtones in AA as well as huge failure rate that makes me dislike it.

    The other ones are great but small. I wish some would get larger NOT because I believe they are a “cure”, as I am of the very staunch opinion that alcoholism needs to be medically treated like any other disease of the brain (schizophrenia, depression, manic-depression, personality disorders, etc.) and do believe that this has been an abject failure in the medical community to not treat it as such. The need for the “support groups” really lay in the fact that people who want to stay “sober” or “abstinent” need to have friends that do the same and it is not so easy to come by. If the underlying problem was treated, the chemical issues in the brain, then we would probably not be on this board discussing this. Unfortunately medicine wrote alcoholism off as a disease of will and believed that the best cure was Bill W.’s cure and only now are re-examining the biological and pharmaceutical options to treat the brain chemical issue.

    I certainly would go to a SMART recovery meeting or group if it was readily available but they just are not like AA meetings which are everywhere but are revolving doors-everywhere. To think 97% +/- people who go there do not stay in recovery speaks volumes. I would go there again “to source” friends but you cannot do that as people who stay sober there are often rather militant and insist you “work a programme” to be accepted.

    Finally-(I write very fast)-I definitely will come back later and read the articles as I an fascinated by all articles dealing with addictions and addiction medicine as well as psychology of addiction.

  351. Hi again, Lush. There are also alternatives to A.A. out there.

    SMART Recovery
    Life Ring

    I especially like SMART Recovery because I worked with their Coordinator on a series of articles here on Addiction Blog. You can check them out here:


    But it is important for people to know that there are alternatives to A.A. I think A.A. is a great program but it’s not for everyone.

  352. I completely understand. I actually also live in SE Europe. I have mentioned I think that I do wish there was some alternatives like just meeting sober people. I think that would help a lot. I am also of the mindset now that I AM NOT ABLE TO DRINK. I do think it is a medical issue and not a psychological issue with my drinking and believe the THIQ theory and believe that there are several types of alcoholism; I call them situational (depression/mood/personality/mental health issues or avoidance issue) which can lead, as it did in my case to the next type; acquired THIQ alcoholism. Then I think there is habitual alcoholism, just someone who habitually drank and finds themselves addicted, akin to someone who is given anxiety medications and then eventually finds it hard to let go-though actual physical addiction may or may not be present, which is the next stage, dependent alcoholism, where the body depends on the alcohol and withdrawal will be felt but excessive 24 hour or binge drinking upon taking a drink are not part of this “model” and finally there is the genetic alcoholic.

    The genetic alcoholic is easily explained as the longer any society has been exposed to alcohol the less alcoholics are in that society/gene pool. Northern Europeans are more susceptible than Southern and most susceptible is INUITS/ESKIMOS/AMERINDIANS (NATIVE AMERICANS). These groups got alcohol last so it is clear they have highest addiction rates. One great way of seeing this is going to Denmark and if you are in Copenhagen in the early morning you will see many natives of Greenland (who are Native “American”/Inuit) who will be drinking at 7-8 am or loitering outside the shops to get their alcohol. It is pretty remarkable.

    I am very interested in studying the actual medical aspects of alcoholism and thus my reason for sharing my own story as well and posting.

    Abstinence was always “unfeasible” for me but now I admit it is a necessity. Unless I had an understanding doctor who knew addiction medicine without AA and was cutting edge willing to implant the Naltrexone in me I could never consider drinking again. I just cannot because, try as I may, my glass of wine, which I DO miss because I love the taste, turns into bottles and shots of after dinner drinks and sleeping with the wrong men and forgetting everything I do, and neglecting my obligations and alienating people, embarrassing myself etc. So I respect anyone’s path they choose that reduces these consequences and I urge anyone on the “tipping point” (LIKE DAVE) to get help before you are past the point. If you deal with the underlying reasons you drink and are not yet alcoholic, then you have a good chance at recovering the ability to live a normal social drinkers life-IF YOU SO CHOOSE.

    As for the camaraderie, I think you would find you can say the same conversely–but I would rather be on the sober side of that as you are.

  353. Hi Lush. Totally appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to write in. And I can agree with you on most points. Abstinence isn’t for everyone. I just know that for myself, personally, I don’t even care to play with the tipping point. I prefer to let well enough alone. And I don’t miss the alcohol that much. It makes life much more simple. And where I live (SE Europe), I also think that it’s a bonus to be able to relate to people from all types of religions and backgrounds who don’t drink. There’s some kind of camaraderie among people who don’t drink or use drugs that makes life more clear. Does that make sense?

  354. Hi Addiction Blog moderator-

    I think I have a good answer to this question actually. There is a line between dependence and addiction. I, as someone who has experienced both, know exactly when I became an “addict” to alcohol rather than dependent.

    When I was 19 I was drinking at least 1 if not 2 Fifths of Vodka per day. I was able to go home on break from Uni at Christmas and craved but did not have to drink. At this point I had little actual physical withdrawal.

    After I returned to UNI and basically quit all my classes and just sat 24/7 drinking I was admitted to rehab and at that point and thereafter whenever I drank I was PHYSICALLY addicted. There was also a change that had happened in my brain, which is why I am convinced the THIQ theory is true.

    I have noted this with people I have seen with the same addiction as I have (from many rehabs and choice of friends over the years). I can safely drink a glass of wine. I feel nothing but relaxed and warm. At two glasses (one glass of white) I get my “trigger” and my GABA is not the only thing reacting but my “pleasure centre” of my brain is now reacting. This is why I believe the THIQ theory as Naltrexone dampened this effect and enabled me to drink a few glasses of wine and NOT want a drop more (and this is an opioid antagonist).

    I believe that people with real alcoholism have this override switch. People who are merely dependent fair better and do better with psychological counselling and, IMHO, self-help groups. They generally just need to make “sober friends” and stop using. A drink eventually probably will not trigger addiction again.

    Friends of mine whose parents are alcoholics and who demonstrate “genetic” alcoholism” seem to be born the way I drank myself to becoming; pickled (which is an AA term but one I agree with).

    Many people will argue that anyone who wants 1-2 or 2-3 drinks per night is alcoholic but I think this is just a way they have become accustomed to “coping” or “relaxing” and they just are hesitant to give it up.

    I personally do not think there is any danger in Dave’s drinking but if he wants to stop certainly respect that. Daily drinking is not, in itself, alcoholism, even if slightly over the limit, but new studies (UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH-cited in the Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine) have shown there is actually less likelihood of damage from binge drinking than daily sustained drinking. So on the other hand it is NOT great to not have days off.

    BUT again, as for TRUE alcoholism I always see in myself and others this ability to drink to a point at which point the override (opiate receptors) take over. My friends who were “born” alcoholics show the same as those of us like me who acquired alcoholism through drinking sustained high amounts and building up THIQ (which can never go away). They actually seem to drink fine then get glassy eyed and look distant and you know tomorrow they will not remember anything from that point on.

    JUST my observations and opinions. I am very interested in the science of alcoholism more than I am in the social apparatuses that have been the gold standard of care as I find them fundamentally flawed.

  355. Hi Dave. That’s a great question. So what is the definition of an alcohol problem for men and for women?

    Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. However, this definition refersr to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days. For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day. And men who have 15 or more drinks a week are at risk of developing alcoholism.

    Cold turkey is most dangerous for people drinking excessively over the period of months to years. Fortunately, you have not yet arrived at the realm of 5-10+ drinks per day. And most cases of delirium tremens are usually provoked in the first 72 hours of alcohol withdrawal. However, I’d suggest that you check in with a detox clinic or your doctor to monitor symptoms. A check-up will set your mind at ease and you can also ask for other referrals to mental health clinics, psychologists, therapists, or resources that can help you.

    If you’re taking a good hard look at your drinking, Dave, I’d suggest that you face it head on. Go for a physical with your family doctor. Talk about your concerns. See if there may be some lifestyle changes that you can make. And be willing to examine possible underlying causes (pscyho-emotional) which compel you to drink.

    Does this help?

  356. Hi there. I just need some help with some questions. I’m a 41 year old who started drinking back in the college days. I mainly binge drank. I was only a social drinker so it was only mainly 2 weekends a month. Then when I got into my 30’s, I started drinking at home before I went to sleep. It was usually 1-2 drinks. That slowly morphed into 2-3 drinks daily…however whenever I would go out to a social event it would be more. I’ve been working lots the last 5-6 years so I haven’t had much time for social events…but the 2-3 drinks before bed have remained constant. My question is: Does anyone know if this is considered heavy drinking? I’ve recently gone cold turkey after I got scared one day after having bloody diahrea. I don’t know if the constant drinking over the years was the cause of it…but I got scared none the less. My withdrawl symptoms have been quite interesting. Mainly anxiety attacks, always light headed and stomach problems. I HATE IT!!!! I haven’t started having hallucinations yet… but I wonder if I should start drinking again just so I can wein myself off safely instead of going cold turkey. I’ve read somewhere that cold turkey is very dangerous. I’m on my 6th day now. What should I do? I’m afraid I’m going to lose it. I know everyone is different… but does my drinking history mean I will eventually get the more severe side affects of quitting? Any help would be appreciated.

  357. I have been drinking MOST of my life. I am now 40, have been through a marriage, have had really bad relationships, do not think I’ve ever been intimate with someone wile sober and have a history of rehabs since 17 years old. I was actually in hospital on my 16th birthday getting my stomach pumped as I was so drunk I passed out and was unable to come to. I am now off the alcohol for a bit less than a month. I have had several “breaks” where I have gone a year or more without. The last decade or so I have only managed to go in spurts. I was a daily drinker in my teens and at my worst was in rehab at 19 with what was called the MOST SEVERE DEPLETION OF ELECTROLYTES AND HIGHEST BAC THEY HAD EVER SEEN IN ANYONE THAT WAS ABLE TO SURVIVE. I had to be in an ICU to detox with BAGS of diazepam keeping me unconscious for a week and IV fluids to replenish my electrolytes and fluids. At that time I went about 9 months without eating anything substantial but the odd piece of pizza or small thing or two, and I smoked two packs of Marlboro 100’s per day and drank at least two fifths of vodka a day. I may add I am a 5ft2 female.

    After that I only ever went on “binges” and this was largely controlled with many years that there was just a weekly or monthly HEAVY night and the rest of the time no drinking. In the last 6-7 years I suffered some major issues which led me to going on VERY long binges, like a week to ten days at a time. It was usually not hard alcohol but rather it was wine now and I justified drinking a bottle or two and then it turned into a week or two of just 24/7 drinking of two bottles per day of wine and waking at odd hours and drinking to get back to sleep.

    Well I had my last drink about 3 weeks ago and I am hell bent on quitting for good. I have alienated most of my family and friends in one way or another but like some others I REALLY WILL NOT GO TO AA. I know it is a good way to “meet sober people” and I do agree with that being needed but the whole AA concept is really too religiously spiced and also for me it is completely a cult. People actually make me want to drink with their “drinkalogues” (personal stories) as it makes me feel like there were many “GOOD TIMES” when I was drunk-and truthfully there were as much as it was dangerous, damaging and there were as many miserable times if not more miserable.

    I am unfortunately very medically knowledgable and have self-detoxed so many times after binges that I cross-addicted to benzodiazepines which I am now weaning myself off as well–even a harder detox and longer than alcohol btw.

    I know there are other “groups” but I do not think they are large enough that they offer great support and they also do not all condone complete abstinence. I also think that alcoholism is a MEDICAL disease, a disease if brain and body and to treat it with a religious organisation (which AA is and say what you will, it was started as such and it is based on a belief in helplessness and handing yourself over to a higher power). I have had some success with Naltrexone to modulate my drinking but inevitably have gone off to resume the binge drinking. I will tell you that it does work but I would really need a doctor to give me an implant and more than that I need to get to the issues as to why I am able to come off drinking but want to drink to get drunk anyway and start living in my own skin.

    I am worried about liver damage but too worried to go see a doctor. I know this sounds bizarre but this is just how I am–I am too afraid to know. I know I have had at least one incidence a few years ago where I was pretty sure I had hepatitis–though I never had pruritus, jaundice or any other symptoms other than what I perceived as mild hepatic encephalopathy-which does not make any sense in the absence of ascites, (fluid accumulation in the abdomen), asterixis (flapping of the hands when held out) and any signs of more than “drinking induced” bruising. Just so you know, I am ironically a hypochondriac as well.

    Having said that I have taken breaks but then I went on a pretty bad binge on and off again for the last three years. Most of the time it was a week or two sober then a week to 10 days drunk. It was not and is not good for me and going this far into my “drinking career” I really see now I cannot drink EVER AGAIN.

    I am currently and always have (even during my drinking) on many supplements such as Liv52, Milk Thistle, Vitamin B complex, C, E, multi-vitamins, Soy Lecithin (to counteract fatty liver and cholesterol levels), N-acetylcysteine (Glutathione pre-cursor), Fo-Ti Root, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Tumeric, Dandelion Root, and probably about 30 more I have not recalled. I can explain each one for anyone interested but most are to protect or to replete the liver–oh and I also take many probiotics.

    That all said I am now struggling with the withdrawal from my benzos which is not fun but I am now down from 40mg of Diazepam and 2.5-7.5 mg of Lorazepam to a mere 15mg of Diazepam and 5mg prn when symptoms are too severe. I am sticking ONLY with Diazepam as well as using Valerian, Rescue Remedy and increased Magnesium as well as some ayurvedic and homeopathic remedies for anxiety.

    I am struggling with pretty severe agoraphobia at the moment, which is common in both alcohol and benzodiazepine addictions due to the GABA rebound effect. I also am taking diphenhydramine (50mg) and Melatonin (20mg) for sleep-which is working quite well.

    I am sharing like one of the other posters to get this out really but also because I think this can help some people and hopefully I can also hear some inspirational stories but I am quite worried about my spleen, liver and gallbladder as well as pancreas (all of these are sore on my reflexology points as well I will add. I have spent the last week in bed really and have only left my home to go food shopping and felt like there was a major sensory overload. I am currently not employed so it is hard but I have actually managed to save quite a bit as when i was working I was very productive. My main phobia is actually that I ruined my liver. I was very lucky and ODDLY did not even have abnormal liver enzymes when I was 19 and admitted to the rehab where they had me in a basic state of complete unconsciousness for a week–they tested my enzymes and were shocked that nothing was elevated. I also had them tested in 1998 and they were normal but since then I have not had them checked. My concern is that as I have drank more often and I am older it may have done too much damage.

    I am really pleased with my decision and I am hoping that once and for all I will stick to it and I have every reason to because my life has always been better when I have had bursts of not drinking (albeit I do feel it is harder to meet people).

    I just really am resolute this time as I need to be as it is time my life gets put together. I will not get into why I drank, but I was not a born alcoholic, I was a “pickled” alcoholic as I drank so much so long over one period of time (when I was 19) that I believe it was then my very brain chemistry changed. I do think more research and treatment based on the brain chemistry and physiological changes need to be done as I believe the true cure is to get to “re-setting” or preventing the brain chemistry that leads to alcoholism and abuse.

    I am actually quite interested in Ibogaine and Flumazenil (high doses intravenously) to re-set brain chemistry. Very few studies have been done on Flumazenil but it may well be a way of resetting the brain. I do know for me I believe in the THIQ theory and thus that is why I believe that Naltrexone worked for me and can work for “true chemical” alcoholics. I think AA works for “circumstantial alcoholics” (people who drink too much but are not yet past the brain chemistry changes that cause the TRUE alcoholism) and also for people who are highly religious or–and please nobody get offended-but less intelligent people. I say this because the success rate of 2-3% is the worst for any disease I know and from all I have seen it is those who drank fleetingly over a period of time or those who are from religious families or those who are able to embrace religion and “collectivism” rather than others who seem to be part of that small 2-3%.

    Sorry this was so long but I did want to share and get feedback.


    Have the doctor take your husband to see patients with end stage kidney disease or liver disease. It is ultimately what has scared me to really quit having seen a person younger than me with complete liver failure, albeit in THE NEWS not even in person, and feeling the symptoms of some alcohol related diseases/damage. These are pretty gruesome deaths.

  358. Hi David. I’m not clear about the situation. Can you please clarify. Are you still drinking? Or have you abstained from alcohol for a period of time?

  359. I am 24. I used to drink a on weekend for continuously 4 years and also used to smoke 12-14 sticks..(Cigratte)… But since 6-8 mnths I have tried hard to stop intaking alcohol. I feel like my memorising power has decreased. I cannot remember properly my course books. Also I cannot concentrate…

  360. Hello neeraj. Drinking frequency (rather than drinking amount) has been found to have a positive effect on both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Changes in blood pressure may be attributed to a number a factors, including mixing alcohol with medications. Perhaps it is best that you schedule a check in appointment with your family doctor.

  361. i was a heavy drinker, from last 4 years i have stopped drinking few days before i took 1 glass of beer sudanly my BP was very high , what could be the reason

  362. Hi Ginny. Chronic drinking can result in liver disease of liver damage. Check out this article about the effects of alcohol on the liver:


    For you and your son, I would recommend that you seek help immediately from an addictions counselor who specializes in family addiction issues. And you can also seek support from Al-Anon, an anonymous group of people who help one another move beyond their loved ones’ drug and alcohol problems.

  363. My husband is in the ICU for very low blood pressure and for passing out, He has been drinking starting at the age of about 14 yrs old. He was told at the hospital that he had kidney failure. The Doctors have pushed IV after IV to get his kidneys to start working on there own. He is not taking all of this very serious, I have tried to tell him he wil have to go on dialyiss but he doesnt see that its that bad.He say;s he feels good. What would happen to him once he gets out of the hospital and starts drinking again? Could this be the end for him or is there hope for some kind of treatment. We have a 7 yr old son and he;s only 48,can some one who;s been through this give any advice? He’s been through every treatment out there but nothing seems to help.

  364. Hello Gina. Yes, it sounds very much like the cycle of an alcoholic. And I wouldn’t be surprised if your boyfriend started drinking again. To be honest, I’d suggest that you bolster yourself up for a change of life. Sometimes we need to lose more (relationships, money, security) in order to get a life of sobriety. But don’t think that by staying with an alcoholic, you can save them. It seems like you’re a level-headed enough thinker to know this.

    I’d suggest that you start seeing a psychologist or counselor for guidance in this area. Also, Al-Anon will help. You need support and counsel from people who have been there. But it is NOT your responsibility to make your boyfriend better. You have a life to live, and though it may break your heart, you may need to move on.

  365. My boyfriend is a heavy drinker. Since we been together he has cut back a lot. He still goes on binges which causes problems with our relationship. Well his last binge he did something really stupid and almost broke us apart. I gave him the ultimatum to stop drinking or i was done with the relationship. He has stopped drinking and now is very distant and very moody. He will not go to a doctor or any meetings. I’m really worried he won’t snap out of this funk or will just start drinking again. Any advice would be great.

  366. hey all
    my mum ws alcoholic all my life i hated it the humiliation of it all-so to become an alcoholic myself is crazy but has happened-i only admittede i was one a few days ago have been going to 2 AA meetings a day and am now proud to say i am 4 days sober.

    the withdrawal is AWFUL!! i slept 4 hours in the last 5 days and the hallucinations and dreams is awfrul and scary. i am determined to ride this out one day at a time. im exhausted but filled with positive. had so much angedr issues to sort out but i think they gonna be easier when my head is clear from vodka!!

    i lost all my 4 children and they cry their eyes out when they go from seeing me this is so harde but i have to face up to what i have done adn deal with it. i have a disease which mite as well be called SELF PITY!!!!!!!

    Gd luck to everyone going throu this it helps to know we doing the same things or suffering nbecause of same subject

  367. Hi Kim. It’s possible that you sister-in-law is an alcoholic and simply cannot or does not want to stop drinking Four Lokos. It has become her drug of choice. Unfortunately, you cannot make someone stop drinking until they have decided to stop drinking. Or until prison, legal, social, work, etc. consequences compel them to stop. Check into Al-Anon for yourself or seek help from and addictions counselor/psychologist who specializes in family addictions and alcoholism. You are not alone and the answers that you seek are out there!

  368. Hi, I need a quick response to be positive. My sister in law has been drinking four lokos for over a year now. She recently was diagnosed with anxiety and refuses to take pills to help her. But she also hasn’t stopped drinking the made drinks. Can she be suffering from withdrawal which is why she got diagnosed and hasn’t stopped drinking these horrible things? What is the best thing to do to help her with this?

  369. I just thought I’d offer an update on my own situation: I am happy to report that after 10 months (and 15 days) I have never once been tempted to go back to the “bad old days.” I have read all the posts on this blog since I last posted. In cases where alcohol addiction/dependency is very high, more professional help is needed and Addiction Blog offers good advice.

    But for those of you who are not quite at that stage yet, there are many many ways to beat the drink demon.

    You may recall from my first post here in Februaury (2012) that I had stopped alcohol consumption on New years Day. Since that time, I have taken the occasional sip – for example at a recent trip to a Port wine brewery, or had the odd sip of champagne to toast an event – but it ALWAYS stopped right there – when I wanted it to. In the end, the decision to continue drinking, or to stop – was entirely mine. And it felt good to be able to exercise control over myself and not give in so easily.

    In May, my wife and I attended one of those archetypal drinks parties – ones which go on almost all night with alcohol aplenty. We got there mid evening – and already saw several people slumped into a sofa, or a chair in the corner – probably been drinking since late afternoon, probably started with some friends in a bar, then made it to the party. And I though to myself “this was me a year a go – I was the one who would start early and arrive at a party already inebriated – then continue drinking at the party, often making a fool of myself, often saying things I regretted a few days a later. But not this year – this year I saw the whole thing from the other perspective – and I was GLAD I no longer had the drink demon on my back.

    Though my alcohol dependency was nowhere near as bad as some cases in this blog, I was able to beat it by using my past as a happy reference point. Dangermouse, Bagpuss, John Craven’s Newsround, The Police, Blondie, Madness, Big Country, Elvis Costello, Gary Numan & The Tubeway Army, playing cricket with the other kids in the deserted school par park until dark, going on a school trip, Live Aid…all those places and names and faces I still remember (some of whom I have recently managed to re-establish contact with) – what a fantastic time I had! There was no Alcohol in my life then. Full stop.

    I spent the summer scanning in many of my old photos from school days from albums still in the family home. I want copies of these for myself – for my own family now. I want my children to look up at me from my photo, and say “wow dad – apart from a few greys and shorter hair, you haven’t changed THAT much!” I don’t want them to say “wow dad – what happened to you ?!?”

    I think too many people dismiss the past as being something no longer useful to them now – after all, they have moved on – what’s the point of looking in the past ? But what if it was a happy past ? What if you can look back and take the best from it ? You CAN! Leave the bad memories by all means – but take the good ones – and run with them! You can’t time-travel back, but you can bring something forward into your own time.

    Take out that old photo album. Look at a picture of yourself aged 10, or 12. You’ll understand what I mean.

  370. Hi sylvia. You have got to really want to stop drinking and be ready for a major lifestyle change in order to succeed. Try to connect again with the counselor, check out SMART Recovery, and check in again with your doctor. Many people who drink chronically like you do have to try a few times before they succeed. But if you are willing to really go to any length, sobriety is possible. Also, call the national drug and alcohol abuse hotline at 1-800-662-HELP to talk to someone about local options that won’t cost alot. There are clinics, detox centers, and treatment centers that will accept sliding scale payments for treatment. But you must be willing to show that you are ready to stop, and be committed to sobriety in order to be successful!

  371. ive been reading your posts trying to see how many people have same area of addiction, ive been drinking heavily for last 8 years non stop 12 pack a day every single day but been drinking since i was 14 im afraid to stop cause i see people who do, somthing always happens an illness pops up it seems, maybe its just my excuse , i want to quit so bad, im so tired of drinking im way over weight, my ritual get up work look forward to get off work to have my beer sit at computer then eat then immediatly go to bed every single day im so tired of it i want some help but dont have the money for all the help groups and drs aa not for me i want to stop im tired of alchol just tired of but afraid of the affects went to dr they gave me a counsilor but he stopped calling me so i guess if theres other things to try naturally , like that milk thistle is there other plants vitamins to ease the withdrawls and cure the crave,,, thank you

  372. My Doctor told me I have a rare medical condition, a compromised metabolic system, which disallows the accurate testing of alcohol in my system. This medical condition gives an alcohol screening resulted in a false positive blood test. My Doctor confirmed this in a separate and independent setting. I had three oz’s of alcohol and waited three hours. Then he took a blood test. I was four times over the limit. He told me to stop drinking and I have been very good about doing that. (over three years) However, I did have two drinks with family at a party. Two oz’s total and did not drive until four hours went by. I was pulled over and was given a test and my BAC was .025. One would think I would not be able to walk at that level. I will never do it again. How many other peple have you heard of that have this condition. Thanks, Rick

  373. Wow, a lot of info out here. My problem started very young, like maybe 3 or 4. My Grandmother and Mother would have Bridge night, you know the card game. Always had some Mixed drinks sitting on the table and I was a cute little kid so they ignored me drinking the drinks. Now I am 59, and for the last 45 years I have pounded myself booze. All the way from 151 to just beer at the present. Like about 8 to 20 a day for years. Yes, almost every day I feel sick, I shake and can’t eat so I force myself. Now after being on Vacation for over a week, and drinking at least 12 beers a day, I know I have to stop. The shakes are getting really bad but drinking a few beers seems to fix that but we all know that is not the solution to the problem. Actually after about 6 I feel pretty normal, at least normal for me. Well this is going to be interesting as I decided that Tomorrow I will stay busy with something other than Beer. I am a bit scared cause I have already, well this morning before I got a beer, seeing things, shaking, nervous, can”t think, have no energy, ect. and am wondering just what I can expect for tomorrow with no beer, and for the next couple weeks.. Physically I am fine, nothing more than a little High Blood pressure, but I am not right in even the least sense of the word. We will see how we do tomorrow. Thanks Guys and Girls. A prayer might be a good thing right now. God bless all of you for being here……


  374. Have a ?..
    I’m 32 and have been a severe alcoholic for almost 20 years. To make matters even worse, I’ve also been a severe bulimic for the same amount of time, so I’m obviously not that healthy. I’m scared to death that my liver and my other organs are shot. The doc took blood and the tests came back abnormal, but she said that my liver function was “normal”….I don’t believe that. I’ve drunk enough hard liquor throughout my life to drop a herd of elephants!! It’s so hard to quit these addictions. It’s almost as if they’re they only things I have to hold onto to even get through every day. Been through therapy and rehab several times, but they just keep coming back to haunt me. Any advice?