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5 Alcoholism Remedies and Alternative Treatments

Aug 09, 2016

While some may attest that alcoholism has no valid link to natural medicine, or medicine of any form for that matter, alcoholism is considered a chronic disease. So, treating it as a disease makes sense. Natural medicine takes into consideration that an individual’s nutritional deficiencies may well be affecting behavior and aims to balance those issues to incur wellness. With that, natural remedies are among the most effective options to treat illnesses such as alcoholism.

What Factors Contribute to Alcoholism?

Research in recent years has identified the genetic roots of alcoholism as it is associated with specific psychological and spiritual imbalances. The condition is also considered a metabolic disease similar to that of diabetes. That being said, a number of factors are connected to the condition including blood sugar problems, and nutritional deficiencies.

Are There Any Natural Treatment Options?

As alcoholism has nutritional connections, the disease can be treated rather effectively using natural remedies. The types of treatment vary and actually are widely diverse as far as efficacy; however, most individuals respond better to natural treatment than any other form.

1. Vitamin B12

An important B-complex vitamin, B12 helps regulate the function of the liver. Restoring normal function of the liver can help ease alcohol cravings.

2. Vitamin C

The entire body, but particularly the brain, requires high levels of vitamin C. This nutrient helps mediate the activity of the opiate receptors in the brain, which helps reduce an individual’s interest in drugs and alcohol.

3. Amino Acids

Amino acids, specifically l-glutamine, are responsible for regulating a number of processes in the body. L-glutamine, in particular, helps stabilize the mood, which can help break the addiction cycle.

4. Acupuncture

A form of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture accesses specific pressure points to release endorphins, relieve pain and anxiety in the body, and stimulate wellness. As such, this form of treatment is also effective for curing alcohol addiction.

5. Exercise

Exercise is another important daily practice for managing alcoholism. Not only does exercise provide a release for stress and an opportunity to engage in an additional activity, it also helps boost the endorphins in the body. Endorphins help improve the mood and decrease an individual’s reliance on drugs to achieve the same result.

A balanced approach to alcohol recovery is the best option. Pairing these treatments with an established recovery program will help you or your loved one regain control over life and health.

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Posted by Judy (Australia) on 09/27/2013

Hi there. Im in the process of realizing that I have a real problem with drink. I've been drinking wine now for nearly ten years. I'm having up to six glasses a day, start about midday and drink through the afternoon until teatime. I know that I'm consuming more wine as the weeks go by. I've tried twice in the last month or so to stop drinking but when I do I go through a bad time. The first 24 hours isn't so bad... Apart from dealing with the habit more than anything.. The second day however, I get muscle tightening around my jaw, neck and shoulders... With pain... Headache and acute need for a drink. I have tried one valium last time I tried to give it up but that valium wasnt enough. So, here I am again, realizing now just how much its affected my body and I want so badly to be able to walk away from it for good. Ive been reading the posts here. Can anyone suggest for me what is the best home treatment I can do for myself please? I don't want to see a dr about this, I'm convinced that's not necessary at the moment.

Replied by Linda
Lauzerte, France
Bless you Judy, this is tough. I am going through something similar. I know for me that I am using alcohol to self-medicate, there are emotional issues that I need to deal with and so I am going for help with dealing with these.

Be aware that feeling bad when you have not had a drink is because of detox, headache is a classic sign of this.

Something that might be worth looking into is finding something that will relax you a little and help you to feel you don't need a drink - cannabis used to do it for me but I don't have that option now. Have a look on here for something that will help reduce stress and give it a go.

Sorry I can't be more help, but I just wanted to say that you are not alone in this - and you have done a very brave thing by admitting you have a problem and asking for help.

With love, Linda

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hi there Jill... Thans for your reply. I'm only new to this forum... There is just so much information here. I think that I passed a milestone yesterday when I finally admitted to myself that I was actually having withdrawals from alcohol through overuse. That was a biggie for me.

I've started taking liver tonic... And I'm having coconut oil about three times a day. I'm going to buy a multivitamin, plus d3, sometime this week.

Starting today, I'm cutting back on my alcohol. Where sometimes I was having up to six glasses over about a six hour period, I'm now cutting back by at least two a day. I will see how I cope with that. Obviously stopping cold turkey makes me feel ill so I have to work my way around it .

I've also realized that I may have some candida problems... And that would be due to the extra sugar breakdown from the alcohol. All these issues. I think that nearly everyone just has their drinks without even thinking that it literally is a poison.. And they dont have a clue as to what it does to their brain, liver or kidneys.. or their heart.

Anyway, all the best for you. I hope it all works out well for you. Keep in touch.

WE can't use marajhuanna (sp) here, not even the medicinal type.

i will also start taking orange juice with some apple cider vinegar and ice daily .... I know that cider vinegar is good for us. its a good way to take it.

Looking foward to hearing how you get on. Judy

Replied by Andrea C
Please read this link, it will help you, go in under Alcohol on the Menu, and read it well follow the links on each page on Alcohol Adicction. Love Andrea C xxx
Replied by Linda
Lauzerte, France
Hi Judy, good for you, you sound like you have a plan. Cutting down slowly sounds like a good idea, I try to have one day a week with no alcohol.

I am aware that I am giving myself permission, and when I am in an unusual situation eg away from home it's easier to drink less - unless I am around other people, partly I drink to cope with social situations. This is part of what I am trying to get help with.

I take cider vinegar every day too, it's so good for you, and also coconut oil. I also take milk thistle which is commonly available and is very good for the liver.

One last thing that I think is very important - be kind to yourself. Pamper yourself. Get some relaxation tapes and make time to listen. If you fall off the wagon - don't beat yourself up. Next day just jump right back in. You have years of habit to break, try to look at yourself as if you were your best friend so to speak, so often we get angry with ourselves for things where we don't with other people.

Really wishing you all the best with this and would like to hear how you get on too


Replied by Ted
Toronto, Canada
Few people know that alcohol and fructose use the same pathways in the liver. So, when you drink, do not drink pop, soda or any other product with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it that same day. Drink only very dry wine, as a sugar addiction coupled with an alcohol addiction makes it twice as bad and hard to break.

When trying to quit, do not let yourself get hungry, but avoid high carb snacks. Nuts, veggies with dips, moderate fruit all work. Shiritake noodles (yam based) work great with any soup, stew or sauce you like to satisfy appetite and fill you up with low carbs.

Alcohol depletes vitamin B1. It is water soluble and easily drained from your system. To fight back, buy the fat soluble form, called Benfotiamine, and use as a suplement. In short, you will lessen metabolic damage. Hopefully, this will mean it becomes easier to quit as the side effects of quitting are less.

Likewise, vitamin C is depleted. Same story, top up vitamin C as soon as possible.

Repair liver stress with silymarin and NAC (n-acytlcysteine).

Some people find niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) lessens cravings. | do not confuse with niacin (also B3), as niacin causes flushing.

Replied by Mickey
Dear Judy, OMG. I just read my own story in yours! I am starting a plan too to stop drinking a bottle of wine a day. I want an alcoholic free week and only give my self permission to have two glasses on Friday and two on Sunday! This is my goal. And thank you for being brave! Also send love to all who posted replies, !
Replied by Mickey
Dear Judy, OMG. I just read my own story in yours! I am starting a plan too to stop drinking a bottle of wine a day. I want an alcoholic free week and only give my self permission to have two glasses on Friday and two on Sunday! This is my goal. And thank you for being brave! Also send love to all who posted replies, !
Replied by Jeanna
Massachusetts, US
Judy, I recently have been trying to cut down and/or even quit. I mostly drink red wine, and usually only 2 glasses, with occasionally sometimes more. I noticed over time it took more to feel the same as one glass, so I have been trying to reduce rather than cold turkey. I don't get physical withdrawal, but am struggling with the habitual stuff. Here are some things I am trying.

1. I found this British site called Drink Aware on it you can track your units of consumption. They use ml as opposed to ounces, so there was a little calculation involved (e.g. what they refer to as a small glass of red wine is 4 ounces). They show you how much alcohol is safe and the bar chart, when you put your daily consumption in units, it will tell you risk of disease. I tracked 1 week and had ended up on the site because I binged one night and drank like 4 glasses, woke up in the middle of the night, and realized if I do not deal with this now, I am going to get worse. Anyway, long story, check that site out and spend some time on it. I was doing great, and limiting my consumption on the days I did drink to no more than 10 ounces, and my tolerance was lowering *meaning less wine to get same feeling, and also committing to no drink days, using the info there. Then I relapsed. It started with having 12 ounces, and having it every day. Then last night I drank nearly half a bottle of Japanese sake with 15% alcohol by volume, so here I am again, up in the night, feeling bad about myself and landed here out of curiosity if I could possibly help myself along with some type of natural remedy.

2. Pro-biotic. So I just purchased Renew Life's 15 billion strain probiotic. I got it, because taking them in the past, I felt pretty good. I'm fairly healthy and eat a plant-based diet, so figured it was just prophylactic and then for the first couple days have had the worst headache, so I began looking up possibilities. Turns out, when the probiotic goes to work killing off yeast and other bad bacteria, it can give a headache. Unfortunately my little binge with the sake bottle last night probably is making those healthy bacteria go a little crazy, but I'm starting to see how taking it could help me if I cut back/cut out alcohol.

3. I came on here to see if I could help myself with a natural remedy. I have glutamine, B12, and C supplements here in my house, so I am going to try these. I do take a multi, and also take an absorb-able liquid iron due to long term anemia, so I have to do a little research on if I would be taking too much of anything, but I am going to give this regimen listed on here a try.

4. Replacement beverages -- I just did a Google search to see if there are any replacement beverages I could take to have instead of reaching for the wine. My trigger is also mostly out of habit/routine. So around 4 PM I start thinking about winding down my day and reaching for a drink of wine. My husband joins me with having spirits. For me to find a replacement drink (non alcoholic), it has to be something special, not just water, or herb teas (although herb teas can be an option at times), but something that feels more like a ritual to replace the ritual drinking of wine. So here's my list or you could try your own:

Tonic water and fruit juice Cranberry and lime. Fruit nectar and sparkling water. Loose leaf tea (I just bought a really fancy bag of green kukicha twig tea -- green is unusual for kukicha in these parts. I usually can find the brown roasted stems, but this green is quite special) Or fresh lemon and ginger in hot water

5. Knowing the triggers -- other triggers for me are; relaxing, or having friends over; going out to dinner; boredom; or occasionally if I am stressed out. I've had a lot of boredom and loneliness of late, and a lot of stress, but most of all, having wine is habitual to end the day and chill out. Some suggest when the impulse strikes to take up a hobby or exercise. I wish I could get myself to exercise at that 4PM time, because I am trying to lose 12 pounds. Maybe I'll try it one time and see how it goes. I have found when I stick to using that drink aware site, it makes not drinking a lot easier, so I recommitted, and today is a no alcohol day for me. One day at a time, right? I know most people would think I do not have a problem here with having only 1 or 2 glasses of wine most days, but it has become a habit and can effect my long term health. I used to be so fit and active. I'm now 50 and am thinking about long term health and longevity and want to get a grip on this, you know? I know this post is long, but I hope these tips help you and others. Hugs..

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
Hi Jeanna,

A very effective way to reduce one's craving for alcohol is by taking a 50mg tablet of naltrexone one hour before having a drink. This is called the Sinclair Method. It works because naltrexone blocks the endorphin release from drinking alcohol or taking drugs, and as the user becomes accustomed to no "high" from drinking, the desire for alcohol is lessened or goes away. Here is the site to learn more:

There are many other sites and Facebook pages as well. There is also a book that details this process. Unlike low dose naltrexone, which most people on Earth Clinic know I advocate for a variety of illnesses and is sometimes difficult to get a doctor to prescribe, 50mg Naltrexone is an FDA approved drug and should be easy to get a prescription to use as this is what it was originally approved to do. It is inexpensive and easily taken by tablet before drinking to reduce the desire for alcohol, very effective and does not require the user to stop drinking to utilize it. Best wishes.

Replied by Suzy
You sound like an alcoholic, buy a Big Book, read it and decide for yourself.
Replied by Sheryl
Really, that's your comment. Why are you even involved In this forum, except to judge.......
Replied by Linda
St Amans De Pellagal, France
I agree Sheryl, surely we are here for help and support not judgement.
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Hi Jeanna,

Finding a replacement beverage was a major key to giving up drinking for me. I drank a bottle of wine every day for many years and just stopped 2 months ago.

It's about that ritual and ceremony and feeling like drinking wine makes the end of the day special.

I started drinking "switchel" and I think not only does it allow me the ritual that I enjoy, there is something about the ACV that satisfies the same alcohol craving. There are some commercial switchels but they are too sweet for me (maybe try them but cut with water?).

With my juicer I juice a concentrate of ginger, tumeric, pineapple, rhubarb and mint. (these are just flavors I like, most switchel bases are just ginger and maple syrup). I put this in a glass bottle with a cork, that feeling of uncorking and pouring is satisfying! Each time I want a drink I pour about 1-2 ounces of the concentrate in a glass, add 2 teaspoons of ACV, and fill the rest with water.

When I started drinking this 2 months ago I wasn't trying to give up alcohol, I was just doing a 2 week raw diet that didn't include alcohol. But 2 months later I've kept drinking/craving the switchel daily and haven't started drinking wine daily again.

Good luck!

Replied by Shantie
Queens, Ny
My son has been drinking vodka for 12 hours a day every day for 5-6years. What can I do to stop him? He does not want help.
Replied by Janet
Shantie, Here is Ted from Bangkok's remedy for alcohol and addiction. How to protect the body from the ravages of alcohol also. comprehensive and doable. janet
Replied by Ben
Bremerton Washington
Behind every addiction there are driving forces and enabling forces. Addicts quickly learn how to manipulate others for their benefit. When the support of an enabler stops they look for other ways to support their habit. If they have to turn to living on the street while they save money for drugs they do it. If they have to sell their bodies for drug money they do it. If they have to rob and kill others for the sake of their habit then they do what ever it takes.

At a deeper level they always feel this substance helps them cope with life. They lie to themselves believing their addiction is better than dealing with their world, or events in their past. Childhood trauma often turns into drug / alcohol addiction. A huge number of times people escape depression by turning to drugs or alcohol. At a biochemical level these substances trigger reactions that do lift their state of being even if only for a moment. As long as an addict or drunk believes alcohol will help him he will be drinking it.

If and when he gets to the point at which he clearly wants to get clean an African plant called Ibogaine might be able to help him withdraw. Ibogaine works wonders on people addicted to even fiercely addictive substances like the opiates in heroin.

Ibogaine treatment is an approach used in certain hospitals to break the power of drug addiction. Ibogaine is its self a hallucinogenic drug with a mind bending 18 hour trip. Those who wish to go on a wild ride down the rabbit hole come up on the other side with a new understanding of life and how they fit into the universe. They go to other realms of existence and some say they see spiritual beings which explain great mysteries of their personal journey on earth and show them their purpose in life.

Yes this may all sound like madness but those who already have lived a life style in madness every day of their lives find comfort in breaking their cycle. Alcoholics and drug addicts discover new meaning in life they never experienced before.

The way it works is ibogaine resets certain receptors in the brain to a point at which the drug or alcohol is no longer able to act to trigger the same old response on brain chemistry. In other words, for a period of time after treatment they are no longer addicted at a biochemical level or a psychological level. There are a lot of success stories behind its use. But still it does not work in every case. Some spend their entire lives in addiction until they go to the grave or prison.

If ibogaine works the person has to want it to work and have lots of support on the correct life path.

Hypnotism and counciling like tony robbins life coaching help sometimes and nutritional support is mandatory to any treatment effort. You absolutely have to treat their depression through nutritional means ! biochemical imbalance drives drug and alcohol addiction most of the time. Know that you have to support their immune system and every other body function. You must heal the entire body to heal the mind.

Did you know that even gut microflora affect the way a person thinks? It's true. Gaba an amino acid is used by the body as a neurotransmitter. Gaba is the calming soothing relaxing substance which tells your brain to calm down, get some rest and chill out. A gaba deficency leaves a person in chronic hyper anxiety afraid of their own shadow, like the sky is going to fall on them. Their brain refuses to shut down enabling them to relax.

Now gaba is not made by our bodies. Instead it is made by a certain class of microorganism in our intestinal tract called lactobacilli rhamnoses. This gut bacteria is vitally crucial to our mental health. It literally makes a brain chemical which we depend on for our mental health ! people who turn to drugs or alcohol frequently have a gaba deficency. After all you probably know that alcoholics have severely deranged gut microflora.

Since gut flora can cause a shift in our brain chemistry and thinking pattern it might be a good place to start. You can do two things there. You can take a tiny bit more gaba which is cheap and available at any health food store or you can do a really great thing and take probiotics with lactobacilli rhamnoses in it.

It's a sad fact that many who have committed suicide were in deep depression as a result of gaba deficency.

Let nutrition be your guide, you have to replace their worn out lifestyle with something better.

Replied by Gina
I feel bad for you and your son! My second cousin only made it to her 29th birthday due to alcohol addiction. She died of liver disease and it is not a pretty death. When I saw her in the hospital my cousin look orange! The toxins had taken over her system and she was in a lot of pain and needed to be pushed in a wheelchair. The nurse told her that she could not give her morphine because she would not wake up! My cousin died the next week and devastated her entire family including her 7 year old daughter. Your son should remember how nice it was before he drank alcohol.

One of my friends told me that eating a big meal will stop her alcohol craving. And sometimes eating sweets such as pies and cakes stop alcohol cravings. Good luck.

Replied by Chlytie
Hello all,

There is a wonderful South African herb called Scletium Tortuosum. Scetium is an adaptogenic herb, treats anxiety, depression and addiction. I have used it many times, and it has greatly helped me. I quit smoking with this. I have recommended it to many people, who have also been helped from depression. My friend, who was abusing alcohol, took this and stopped drinking for a period. I cannot recommend it enough. You take 1 in the morning, and if it can help you, you will notice an effect in about 10 days. It basically balances you out, and you stop having those needs to go from one extreme to another. I used it for depression as well. Extremely helpful. When I didn't feel like taking it any more, I just naturally stopped.

I took the 50 mg. kind, as recommended by my healthcare provider, who happened to be from South Africa, thus knew about this remarkable herb. It costs $18. a bottle, a 2 month supply.

Richmond, Va
Where can I find this herb for that amount. $18/bottle, 2 months supply.

The african herbal website I visited it was $63.00 for a very small bottle with no instructions for dosage.

Replied by Wydo
Hi Rsw Uniontown, Oh,

If you start taking the Naltrexone do you have to take it forever? If seems to me if you take the vitamin B3 and increase the dose up to the point that you loose desire to drink then you change your diet to a low carbohydrate high nutrient diet you will see a permanent result just like Bill Wilson did. Bill Wilson was the co creator of AA.

Replied by Rsw
Hi Wydo,

This article says that the naltrexone will have to be taken before drinking alcohol for the rest of one's life, although 25% decide to give up alcohol completely.

Naltrexone is an out of patent FDA approved drug and is not expensive. I am unfamiliar with the B3 approach, but if it works, then who can argue with success? Low carb seems to be a beneficial way of eating for many conditions, and alcohol often contains high levels of sugar, so a low carb diet to reduce sugar cravings would make sense. Best wishes.

Replied by Anne
Florida Usa
This is for the person judging who is an alcoholic, please just don't respond if you don't have anything positive to say..
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Hi Rsw Uniontown, Oh,

I just found out from reading that if one has been taking Naltrexone and then gets off that there is an increase of drinking alcohol that can lead to overdose and death. I also read that vitamin C in high doses can do the same thing that Naltrexone does without the side effects. One must start out with 1 gram per hour then increase to 2 grams per hour and then 3 grams per hour etc. until you have to run to the bathroom in a hurry then back down. Alcoholics can take a much higher doses than healthy people. Of course one must buy pure powder of vitamin C and mix with water. Pure Ascorbic acid is very sour so one might try Sodium Ascorbate powder. Buy small amounts at first to see what you like then buy it by the pound. Sweeten with stevia and erythritol. Pure Niacin powder is next and one needs to work up to 500 mg then on up to 1500 mg per day then move to twice a day over time. Niacin flushes will last until 2 weeks are over so one needs to stay with it. I am still reading on this. I may do a separate post as the cure is quite comprehensive.

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Posted by Wave Runner (Ft Lauderdale, Fl Usa) on 01/28/2010
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Alcoholism: Changed my body chemistry and followed an anti-yeast diet.. Since I have elimanted yeast, sugar all processed foods, I no longer have the cravings to drink alcohol. I have been on this diet now for 3 family is so proud of me.I don't fight the urge anymore and is the most Wonderful feeling. I almost use to faint going by the beer & wine section in the grocery store. My husband has been able to have a full bar in our house for the first time in 25 years and I don't think about drinking anymore. I forget it is even in the house. At first it is hard to retrain your eating habits but it can be done. I have Candida Albicans, and cleaning out all of your insides can take years. I have done 15 Liver flushes and have removed liver flukes and thousands of stones.. Got this info from Dr. Hulda Clark.. I drank for more than 20 years, and I can tell you how happy I am to know that the food I was eating was the cause of my addiction and just stopping the food with chemicals from going into my body has saved my life!

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Please explain in detail your anti-yeast diet... I am very interested in trying this. Thanks

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Posted by Shay (London, Uk) on 08/08/2012

Hi there, I have a problem with my husband's drinking. He says that he doesnt drink alot, just the occasional beer or glass of wine with friends but I believe it is more than that. I still want him to quit, since I think it is affecting his physical health (liver) and his mental health (he forgets alot).

Note that he doesnt want to quit and doesnt know that I want him to. Would apple cider vinegar help in this case? If so, how can I use it without him knowing?

Posted by Alfred (Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/18/2009
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True story.. My neighbor was a Alcoholic, every afternoon he would come over for a drink. One day I ran out of his favorite whiskey.. I put two Jiggers of Apple Cider Vinegar in the glass with orange juice and ice cubes.. I mixed it the same way I would mix it if I had used whiskey.. We sat down as we had done for months.. he drank his drink and did not say a word.. We did for 10 days.. no comment from Ken.. T hen told him I substituted Apple Cider Vinegar for the Whiskey.. He did not beleive me..He said it tasted the same. Now NO More Whiskey.. He switched to Apple Cider Vinegar.

Stay well my friends,

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
coming from a non drinker what is a jigger?
Replied by Carolyn
Akron, Oh
roughly one ounce of liquid.
Replied by Jc1960
East Tn
I LOVE that plan...
Replied by Hetal
Jind, Haryana
Hi. My father is very big drunk addict n we are seriously worried about him. and he is not ready to stop this at all. We gave him several medicines but nothing worked at all. Please tell me about what to do for his addiction we are seriously concerned!! I would go for some natural remedies.
Replied by Nela
Vancouver, Washington
How much of each did you put in the mix?
Replied by Grandmah
Agreed! I'm helping my daughter get off the hard stuff. She said she misses the "burn" you get in the throat so I suggested the ACV. I gave her a shot of ACV last night and she said it relaxed her and gave her the "burn". We will continue on this path and see what happens....
Replied by John
Actually, the 'story' this guy told about his 'neighbor' may have been initially true but it is one of those circulating urban tales. I won't say it's an urban 'myth' but I have read almost identical stories on the web many times before with slight changes, ie: My neighbor was a pilot that had to quit drinking and used to drop by for a drink after work so one day gave have him ACV instead without him knowing and he didn't notice and was amazed when I told him what it was ... etc, etc, .

That said, I think ACV does work but people should just tell real stories and not resort to these sort of chain-letter email lies.

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You know, actually... when I stopped drinking beer, the first time, I substituted with ACV and baking soda... fizzy and it actually tasted a bit like beer to me and became my new ritual. Lasted a little more than a month, but like smoking, I gave myself permission to have a beer after work and it became my once again newer ritual.

However, about to start drinking ACV and baking soda again. ;)

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Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx, Usa) on 12/05/2010

If you take some gold into the body, anytime you drink alcohol, it will make you sick. One way to do this is: Chloride of Gold Solution be taken internally - Begin with one drop in half a glass of water (the solution being in the proportions of one drop to one ounce of distilled water), every day for five days. Then take two drops every day for five days, then three drops every day for five days, then four drops every day for five days. Then leave off for five days. Then begin with the one drop again, and so on. Also, some people have great results with Castor Oil packs. To find chloride of gold just Google it. If you try alcohol during this time, it will make you feel nauseated and it might even make you vomit.

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Brighton, Sussex
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I beg you, for your sake... Do not do this!

Chloride or ionic gold is neuro toxin, it can do severe damage to your nervous system. It may eventually lead to Peripheral Neuropathy; where your skin will itch and feel like its burning, leading to permernant numbness.

There are some commercial products that will, upon alcohol consumption induce nausea and vomiting, also some strong antibiotics ( which ones I can't remember) will also produce a simmilar effect.

Alcohol dependency is often a symptom of depression or boredom, try st johns wort and go outside or read.

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Read more about oral gold treatment here.
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Posted by C1265 (Jacksonville, Fl, Usa) on 02/06/2011

I quit drinking about a month ago and now I having some type of episodes where my whole body feels like electricity is flowing thru me. I've tried vitamins and b complex but they seems to make it worse. I had one last night after take a bath in epsom salt and could not sleep the entire night. Can anyone help me with this? Could I have another issue that's serious?

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Hi to C1265, well done giving up the alcohol. Google delirium tremons and you will find a lot of information about alcohol withdrawal, most people think that the dt's are a hangover but they are a lot more serious than that. You will find some extra information and I would try to find a forum where ex drinkers are discussing their symptons and what they did to relieve them. I do know that juice is quite helpful in restoring the sugar in your body that the withdrawals deplete. Hope the best for you. Lily.
Replied by Sharon
It is not well known, but in addition to b vitamins, the body is also depleted of minerals, specifically magnesium and potassium. The muscle tightening sensation is a lack of magnesium, and potassium also helps with muscle cramps and nervous issues. This is why the apple cider vinegar works in providing those trace minerals, but you can take a 100 mg of magnesium, and a 100 mg potassium. We are all different, so some need more magnesium and potassium to get fast results. It works better taking them separately, than having them combined in one tablet.

Posted by Rich (Boca Raton, Fl) on 01/13/2009

For border-line alcoholics(5-6 beers per day), you can set rules like: no drinking before lunch. If you have kids, a rule like no drinking before the kids go to sleep might help.

Once those rules are in place, you can set a limit like 4 beers. When you get used to that, decrease to 3. At that point, change to a cheat day like 1 day per week. Alcohol steals your time, but it is possible for some to wean off of.

If beer is your alcohol of choice, and you're quitting, beer is high in b-vitamins, so a b-complex may be helpful. Unclear.

Since Ted mentioned liver damage, it would seem that this may be reversible. My chemistry isn't very good, but I see Phenyl and Sulfur, two anti-fungals in this Drug, so the closest natural remedy might be turmeric (which has both).

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Rich: I must have missed something. Sorry. In your last sentence, you said "in this drug". What drug are you referring to that has the same anti-fungal components as turmeric? Thank you.


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Posted by Alfred (Rangsit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/29/2012
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Husband Alcoholic. HERBS TO THE RESCUE. Several ways to stop Drinking Boose.

1. one part of Goldthread herb, one part goldenseal herb. Place equal amounts in 1/2 small tea bag. Put into tea infuser and steep as you would a cup of tea.. Not necessary but if you Add a little Epicae to the tea it will make the tea stronger..

After They drink the tea... The taste of alcohol will be bad.. he will not drink again..

2. buy the herb Antibuse and follow directions.

your husband will be back to normal.


Replied by Tami
Hello you had Epicae added to one of your tea mixes. What is it? I can't seem to find it. Thank you. Tami
Replied by Maryjane
Were can I buy this herb to stop drinking liquor?

Hydrogen Peroxide  

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Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 07/22/2009

Over the past weeks I have been looking over the use of hydrogen peroxide to stop alcohol addiction and drug abuse addiction. The remedy is a straightforward one, a 3% H2O2 food grade one capful is added into an ordinary drinking water. Use this as a normal drinking water. If a person happens to be drinking wine, beer, liquor, the body will immediately reject it and tries to detoxify it, causing nausea, or vomiting when they take it. The body may also reject certain drug meds, such as birth control pills, cocaine, for example in a few cases. So if the drinking water with hydrogen peroxide is taken at one glass is taken within one hour, the effects is even more stronger and will encourage people to quit the alcohol use.


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Raceland, Ky
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My son was drinking 4 to 5 thirty pks of beer a week! He was driving me and everyone else around him crazy, and he did not want to quit saying it was his life, so I had to trick him :) He had acid reflux so I gave him 2 tbls of Apple Cider Vinegar morning and evening. He also said he needed more energy so I had him use Bill Munro's method of inhaling 3% hydrogen peroxide 4 to 6 times a day. I noticed he was drinking a lot less after 2 weeks so to speed things up I bet him $20.00 he could not go 1 week without drinking. Not only did he win the bet that was 2 months ago and he still has not had a beer. Thanks Ted and Thank God for helping me find Earth Clinic.
Replied by Catherine
New Hampshire, US
Hi Ted from Bangkok, I have used Earth Clinic to research on many ailment and this is a gold mine, so 1st, thank you for putting it up!! Second, I am trying to cut back on alcohol intake before it is a problem. I drink about 1/2 bottle of wine per night and I have a hard time to skip a day. But I truly want to try (again) :) So yesterday, I looked to see if you had any idea about it and here you are, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

I am starting today, very slowly. I had 3% FGHP on hand, so I will use that. I don't really want to deal with 35% technicality about the handling and online ordering.

I went with 3 drops of the 3% in a full glass of spring water. The water stayed clear, no bubbles, so as per the technique I should be good to go.

I feel compelled to write the brand, just because there is so much confusion and hype on which kind to use. Feel free to delete it if you don't agree. Essential Oxygen is the one I used from my health food store.

I ate a peanut butter toast at 10h and drank the water w/hp at 12h. So far, I felt a little dizzy and my toes tingles after about 5 minutes of my first sip. The tingle went away after about 20 minutes. I am still a little lightheaded after an hour, not like a glass of wine though, more like if I would be really hungry... (which I am not). I will try to eat an organic mix salad in 1/2 hour and see how it goes. I will keep posting here as I think so many people are frightened by everything surrounding the use of HP.

I will also use another glass 1 hour before diner...

If this works as I think it will, Ted from Bangkok, I will be forever grateful!! ( I already am but I have tried so many things to get rid of this problem: acupuncture, EFT, The vitamin cure, all the books I could find on the subject, regular psychological therapy, amino acid, diet, avoiding sugar, muscle testing, kinesiology, hypoglycemic therapy. I discovered alcohol at 11, so it is at cellular level.

EC: Thank you for your kind words on the website! It is always appreciated. Ted is an extremely valuable resource and Contributing Editor and will be pleased as well. fyi: Deirdre Layne founded and manages Earth Clinic.

Replied by Rebel
Somewhere Usa
I don't think you are supposed to consume peroxide, 2 hours before and after eating food. I could be wrong, but you may want to read up on this. I believe your post said you ate peanut butter toast and drank the water.
Replied by Catherine
New Hampshire
So sorry about my mistake, Dear Deirdre Layne, thank you so much for this valuable website and the idea to have it brand free for objectivity sake, it is brilliant.

For some reason I always tumble across Ted's posts and they helped me so much, so I just assumed.

Follow up on the FGHP, everything went fine with the salad with chickpeas I ate at 1:30h. No nausea at all. I am pretty much vegetarian, so I read it was better not to eat meat, (perhaps not at the beginning anyway).

What I noticed in the afternoon up to 11h last night: Quite a bit of bowel movement without being loose. I am used to diarrhea (sorry for graphic description) because of the alcohol, but this felt definitely more like a cleansing, without cramps.

I also noticed I had to blow my nose a few times this morning and last night.

After my 3 drops FGHP this morning in 8 oz of tap water, still clear, without bubble. (We drink tap water on the top of my hill) This time my hands feel a bit numb almost 3 hours later. I am also still lightheaded. Not enough to prevent me to do anything but just enough for notice.

I am amazed by what 9 drops of 3% FGHP can do. I will also stick with 3 drops until the effects cleared out a little. I can't afford to get sick right now so I am glad I tried the 3% instead of 35%.

I will keep posting if there is any changes...


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Posted by stephanie (Chicago, IL) on 09/18/2007
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Most "alcoholics" don't realize their addiction is chemical and a direct result of being "hypoglycemic". The addiction to the alcohol is so strong because their blood-sugar level drops so severely and gets replenished so quickly with alcohol--because of the high sugar content. In other words, it's not your fault! This is the answer, if you are trying to cut back on your alcohol intake or go "cold turkey", just buy a bottle of "L- Glutamine" and take one every time you have a craving for alcohol. "Glutamine is an amino acid that your brain can use as an emergency substitute fuel when you haven't eaten recently or have been eating too many carbs and your blood sugar level is too low. This is a glucose stand-in that stops the impulse to run to the candy machine when it's low blood sugar time. L-Glutamine can stop your cravings and get you feeling steady and even within ten minutes." Julia Ross, from The Mood Cure-awesome book. I'm telling you, it works, now go help yourself!

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I am reading a message from 2007 which states that L-Glutamine really helps with alcohol cravings. Is this correct?
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I drank upwards of 10 standard drinks a day, and only as low as 2 drinks a day for 10 solid years. Red wine or Vodka ( or whatever hard liquor was on hand). I am over 90 days sober, and although not perfect, I am much better than I ever was drinking. YES Amino Acid Therapy works like a charm. 500-1500mgs L-Glutamine 3 to 4 times a day and the same for L-Phenylalanine 3 times a day. EAT 3 healthy meals a day. Salads, veggies, yogurt, cheeses, wheat crackers, green tea, and lots of water. Also take b-complex, vitamin c, take a multi calcium, zinc, and d3, and some chromium.

L-Glutamine, Kudzu, B Complex, Magnesium  

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Posted by Kevin (Chicago, IL - US) on 10/17/2008
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I have had a few bouts w/ alcoholism myself. I've found the following to be helpful: L-glutamine (an amino acid) [already mentioned], Kudzu (an herb), grapes or grape juice, B complex vitamins [already mentioned], & magnesium - use as directed by what the supplement bottle(s) says. As far as I know, it's safe to combine any & all of the above supplements. There may be others not mentioned here, but I think these are worth mentioning. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Marlon (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/28/2011

about your problem with your craving for beer and alcohol and low libido... Try the water and sea salt cure.. It works amazing.. Your craving for anything stops and you have a total control of yourself.. Your libido will be at its highest and you will no longer need viagra.. Thats how amazing it works... try it you will not regret it...


Replied by Samuel
Auckland, New Zealand
How often do u take that and how many teaspoon to a glass of water.

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Posted by Devon (Johnson, Vt) on 08/30/2009

Hey Ted, interesting article on Alcohol addiction. I was surprised to see very little on Glutamine, but then at the end noticed it mentioned. From what I was reading Glutamine under the tongue can have an immediate effect on alcohol craving. Also, I noticed you singled out Seritonin entirely as the nerotransmission basis for your article. Makes me curious about the other transmitters; in particular I thought that dopamine release was related to alcohol as well. Finally, I thought that Kudzu would be a worthy mention as well. Thanks for your article.

Replied by Tittiger
Springfield, Missouri, State Of Missouri
Hmmm do not see where to post a new thread so I reply instead.....

It seems that the Gentleman that started AA origionally included a large (3 gm) dose of Niacin as part of the program but that was buried for y. A lot of this is included in the book "The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism: How to Protect Against and Fight Alcoholism Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation"

To make things short these are the supplements suggested in the book:

B vitamins complex - plus B3 niacin 3,000 mg
vitamin C 2,000 mg
amino acid L-glutamine

It worked miracles with my cravings. Read the book if you have to.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
Tittiger;I do not feel that what you are writing or copied per se' is totally accurate about an alcoholic, it takes much rigorous work such as mental, emotional, physical and spiritual to help with alcoholism. Please be aware of what real damage can do if any drunk should feel this really works.

If vitamins are not a sure thing for a sick or dying person then who is to say that the vitamins you say or copied are rest assured to work? Not.

There are millions of alcoholics still out there too ashamed to go to AA with hopes one day there will be an easier, simpler cure. In all honesty most of us may live on blind faith, I know I do. Good luck

Replied by Rethinking
I think different people develop addictions for different reasons. Be it drugs (which includes legal ones such as alcohol), food, sex, prescription meds, overspending, coffee, sugar, fat, etc.

Vitamin therapy may work for some (it did for me), others do better with therapy, or AA, or meds, etc. This is because we are not all addicts because of one single reason. We really need to stop thinking in terms of "one disease, one cure". This is the basis of allopathy and look where it took us. Everybody is different. We need to find what works for us, as an individual.

I personally attended NA for a while, and while it is an outstanding group helping millions of people worldwide, it didn't work for me. I left every meeting having insane cravings because that's all we talked about: drugs! So I had to find my own thing. Cure doesn't come in one package. Find your own.

Replied by Ricardo
Waterbury, Ct
This is a response to Diamond on her comment. I use to think that way too. You know chemical imbalances and micro organisms living inside you can make you think and act differently that you really like to act. Addiction to anything can be clearly caused by these facts. Example: a person who suffers with Candida for example think that they love sugar and starchy foods. When you treat the disease the "LOVE" will disappear.

Alcoholism is not a psychological problem, lets think. The alcohol is loaded with yeast used in the fermentation process. The fungus already inside the body creates the necessity for the beverage. One time I gave some Candida treatment to my sister, very alcoholic, 45 years alcoholic, the worst case. She stayed away from alcohol long time, then later she went back to the addiction. She would not stay with the treatment a little longer, she was good for awile. With no counseling or AA, anything and she was sober for several weeks. Obviously she should stay longer until the detoxification was complete. If the psychological part was true how come she stayed sober for such long time?

One time I was on a sugar diet, I felt fantastic, the best in my life. I was thin and lean, the people noticing me. The problem is, it is a lot of work finding foods without sugar, a full time job. My love for sugar disappeared completely. Now I know that an addiction has nothing to do with psychological problems. People with mind problems will do whatever wrong things they like to, but not necessarily be an addicted person. Addiction is a disease in the body. Too much toxins, nutritional deficiency and stress are the cause. All of this plus chaos electromagnetic. Treat these problems and all diseases will be gone. Take care.

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
Strange. I was only a social drinker for about 15 years, the last 10 years being very rare that I had a drink. The first 5 years I would have a couple of drinks on a Friday after work--but not every week. Twenty years after I drank my last drink at a wedding (which was my first drink in 10 years), I came up with fatty liver disease. Would that small amount of alcohol have caused this? Dr. Oz says it comes from sugar. I found that taking milk thistle with artichokes helped a lot and ordering fresh salads with artichokes were helpful. I also drank dandelion tea religously. I was able to reverse it, but now it's back. I didn't know dandelion contained lecithin. I tried soy lecithin granules and had a severe allergic reaction. Never again!!! I've had gallstones come and go. Sometimes, when I noticed they came back, I would go out and eat a big greasy burger with fries. It would flush everything out of me. Seemed to work, anyway. Love this site and all the information available! Thanks, EC.
Replied by Andrea
Glendale, Ca
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Absolutley an incredible and insightful remedy for alcoholism and addiction! I can honestly say, that after following Ted's thorough and simple plan addressing the several complex issues of addiction, my life has completely changed. I have tried every remedy (even Ambien and Lunesta as a last result would not work) for the insomnia associated with alcoholism. This brilliant and logical plan rid me of all of my withdrawal and cravings. The only thing I did not follow 100% was that I took his suggested supplements every day instead of three times a week. I did this for about a month. Now, I just take the supplements once or twice a week. It's like a miracle. I highly recommend the lecithin, as well. I really feel it helped my liver get back into shape! I frequently use this site for other ailments. I don't know why it never occured to me to look up "alcoholism" until recently! Thank you Ted and Earth Clinic!!
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Hi Andrea, great, very happy on your success, Congratulations.I am in th e same boat and want to quit alcohol.Would you like to tell me how have you taken L-tryptophan, B3, and other vitamins?Did you quit alcohol cold turkey or gradually?Did you drink any alcohol during treatment or notice any interaction with vitamins or L-tryptophan.I want to know your whole protocol of supplements and vitamins.I am in great trouble.Please help me if other ECs members have any information and experience about this topic .Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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Danial: I had drinking problems off and on for 30 years. When I was bored and unhappy, bogged down in civilizations ludicrous hype, sometimes I would turn to alcohol. That became a habit. When I liked what I was doing and the people I was doing that with I became interested in becoming proficient so I stopped drinking. When I was homeless instead of drinking I read books. I was always interested in whatever I was reading. When I got disability I learned to operate a computer and studied folk medicine. I have not drank too much in 20 years. There are 2 addictions. 1 is the buzz. The other is the mechanical action of drinking. You can try this remedy to cure both addictions. Put 100g activated barley in 1 gallon of water. Sip on that all day long. Activated barley has enzymes to give you a buzz and sipping replaces the mechanical addiction. Try getting interested in something. You can do like me, read books and study the way food affects cellular biology.
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Atlanta, Georgia
Can someone add info on L-Dopa for mood and a positive mental state. Thanks.
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I want to share my experience with treating alcoholism, no doctor listen to me in UK. I came to situation, when at 24 years old I would just pass out. One minute I was fine, another I didn't remember and just embarrased myself. My father had as well crazy reaction to alcohoL. I was a shy person back then and couldn't attend alcoholics anonymous, I ordered some supplement for neurotransmitter deficiency (with amino acids and minerals). I coudn't believe myself, after 2 months I stopped craving, and even I drunk one glass, I didn't want another, I could easily stop. That time I understand, alcohol is some kind of imbalance, thank you god and company who created this. This happened like 9 years ago. Few years ago, I had twins and sleepless nights and this lack of sleep gave me prediabetes. Alcohol craving returned, though not so much. I ordered 2 more bottles of the supplement, so I will write again if it will help.

My point - control your sugar cravings, they somehow cause alcohol cravings.