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Why can’t I stop drinking alcohol?

 

How is your liver reacting to your daily or binge consumption of alcohol?

We forget about the damage that alcohol does to our liver until it’s too late. I’m the last resort, so I’m told by my patients, in their quest to stop drinking. Although many have maintained short term sobriety, it’s not too long before they succumb to picking up a drink to celebrate or to numb their feelings. “Why can’t I stop drinking?” is their war cry.

What most people don’t realise is the compulsion to drink is triggered by the first drink, not the fifth or the sixth drink.

A different brain structure enables an alcoholic to manufacture a highly addictive chemical called THIQ out of alcohol in the brain. Once a sufficient concentration of THIQ is formed and attached to the neurones, alcoholics feel a compulsive and over-whelming urge to drink. Even when they see their lives disintegrating around them, they cannot stop drinking no matter how desperately they try.

Social drinkers don’t have this problem as their liver breaks the alcohol down into a very toxic substance where it is broken down again into water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated through the kidneys and the lungs.

Alcohol dependent people get a lot of alcohol in their brain tissue following bingeing or daily drinking. The majority of toxins are disposed of in the normal way, through the liver, but a small part of the toxins go to the brain, where it interacts with the Dopamine Neurotransmitter to form THIQ. Once this has attached itself to the Dopamine Neurotransmitter, it does not go away, even if the alcohol dependent person stops drinking. They have it for life!

That’s why alcohol dependent people can sometimes go on the wagon for a period of three weeks, three months or even three years but once they fall off the wagon and pick up a drink, they are back to compulsive drinking. THIQ is the chemical responsible for the physical compulsion to drink and which differentiates alcoholic drinkers from social drinkers.

If an alcoholic is lucky enough to get help to stop drinking the THIQ dies down and loses its potency within a few weeks. It does not disappear from the brain tissue but lies dormant. It will not and cannot create a physical urge to drink unless more alcohol is consumed to kick it into life again.

When alcoholics begin their drinking careers, they do not know that they are in danger of becoming alcoholics. By the time abnormal daily drinking begins, it is too late. The THIQ in the brain is formed, it is active and highly addictive and it forms the basis of physical compulsion to drink.

Alcoholics are born with a predisposition to the disease of alcoholism and alcoholism is a disease of the emotions combined with a physical allergy to alcohol. Would you keep eating strawberries if your face broke out in hives? I doubt it. But alcoholics keep ingesting a poison called alcohol even though it is eroding their liver, kidneys and brain.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

My Serenity by the Sea program is unique in counselling alcoholics. I look at the big picture:

  • Brain chemistry (the Dopamine Neurotransmitter);
  • Emotions (using Dialectical Behavioural Therapy);
  • Active meditation to change their perception of the real world and their self-worth;
  • The 12 Step Program of Co-dependency Anonymous;
  • Visual aids (DVDs) to help my patients understand their disease;
  • Nutrition and supplements like Tyrosine – to help them focus and achieve satisfaction without reaching for the bottle and Magnesium Ultra Potent – to stabilise the electrical activity of the nervous system. I also recommend Glicemic Balance to help curb sugar cravings, sometimes a legacy from long term alcohol consumption. LivaTone Plus to support phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, ensuring optimum detoxification of toxic substances. Glutamine to support efficient brain function during the counselling process. L-Glutamine is an integral part of glutathione; the body’s more potent antioxidant and detoxifier.

28 comments

  1. hi
    I cant seem to stop drinking every day. I cant stop once I start either, I have quit for a couple weeks at a time, but when I drink again, its even harder to stop the next time, I feel like giving up. I don’t know if I have another quit left in me. I have drank this way for years. I really want to stop, I get really depressed and the guilt wakes me up at night. I will get angry and dump everything out and say i’m done, but a couple days later that voice in my head talks me in to another drink. I am very fit for my age and for the amount of alcohol I consume. I crave sugar a lot too, especially when I don’t drink. I probably need some supplements, but not sure if I need all of them or not. My marriage has suffered enough, and so have I. The depression and overwhelming feeling is almost more than I can take anymore. Thank you in advance for any help or advice.

    • Hi Neil,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We recommend you seek assistance from AA, to be offered guidance and mentorship from others who have walked a similar path.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Tyrosine Mood Food – 1 teaspoon two to three times daily to improve depression symptoms and enhance mood. Take in a small amount of filtered water away from food.

      Magnesium Ultrapotent – ½ teaspoon twice daily in a little water.
      or
      Magnesium Complete – 2 tablets twice daily.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function and reduce toxicity.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster.

      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. Thank you did this article. I am in an outpatient program and see a therapist weekly. I started seeing a psyvhiatrist and I have explained everything to my primary care doctor. I am doing everything that I am supposed to do but I can’t get more than a week sober. I have always said that there is something about alcohol that my brain needs. I thought that maybe I was lacking something that alcohol provided but after reading this I may have been wrong. Thanks again.

  3. I was addicted to opiates since age 16 and am no longer taking any opiates for the past week. Alcohol was never a problem for me by in the last year I have been drinking every day, lately as soon as I wake up and throughout the day.
    I am 26 now but hate the thought of not being able to drink like I used to only at weekends.
    Will I need to stop forever or can I get back to how I used to be??
    I hate my life now but yet can’t stop drinking; no matter how hard I try, after one drink I can’t stop.

    • Hi James,

      We recommend you seeks assistance from AA, to be offered guidance and mentorship from others who have walked a similar path.
      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Tyrosine Mood Food – 1 teaspoon two to three times daily to improve depression symptoms and enhance mood. Take in a small amount of filtered water away from food.

      Magnesium Ultrapotent – ½ teaspoon twice daily in a little water.
      or
      Magnesium Complete – 2 tablets twice daily.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function and reduce toxicity.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. I don’t drink daily, maybe once every two weeks, but I binge drink and get sick every time. I say that I will only have a few but I won’t stop. The hangovers are awful. It increases my anxiety and depression.

    • Hi Susie,

      You may benefit from taking

      Tyrosine Mood Food – 1 teaspoon two to three times daily to improve depression symptoms and enhance mood. Take in a small amount of filtered water away from food.

      Magnesium Ultrapotent – ½ teaspoon twice daily in a little water.
      or
      Magnesium Complete – 2 tablets twice daily.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function and reduce toxicity.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster.

      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. im 30 been drinking for 11 years, been to many rehabs, jail etc. addicted to opiates too. but booze always makes me feel horrible. i throw up every morning,i drink all day everyday. my gf is super worried. im just at a point that i feel so depressed and worthless i dont think i can go on sometimes.

    • Hi Evan,

      We recommend you seek assistance from AA, to be offered guidance and mentorship from others who have walked a similar path.

      Dr Cabot recommends he begins taking

      Tyrosine Mood Food – 1 teaspoon two to three times daily to improve depression symptoms and enhance mood. Take in a small amount of filtered water away from food.

      Magnesium Ultrapotent – ½ teaspoon twice daily in a little water.
      or
      Magnesium Complete – 2 tablets twice daily.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function and reduce toxicity.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • I’m in the same boat as you… About to do the ‘walk of shame’ to the shop to get more 🙁

  6. this is the first article I have read on addiction that actually makes sense and explains it in a way that you can fully understand this horrible disease. thank you to the author.

    • Hi Sara,

      We’re so glad you have enjoyed our article.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • I just read it and absolutely found the truth in this! I have never been addicted to anything and this is killing me! I know for sure something bad is coming and I make all these deals with that voice and I still can’t stop. I never thought abt this happening! I am so lost and I don’t know what to do! The shame and guilt has pretty much ruled my life and emotions and I am not this person! I feel lost and hopeless but I won’t give up!

  7. I have this job where it’s hard to DEAL with and after work I just cannot take it I drink and drink I litter go through two Mickie bottles a day even more on weekend just things I’ve seen while trying to make a living. …

  8. My body can’t stop

    • Hi Diego,

      We recommend you visit an AA group for help and support.
      Here’s a good website to check out: http://www.aa.org/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  9. I have recurring chronic pancreatitis hospitalised quiet often n still can’t stop drinking my mother died through alcohol think I would of learned

  10. Hi, I’m Debra and I been drinking a long time now I have spent unnessarry money and my liver id bad.I”m sick of drinking.i want to have a long life. I came from a drinking family. my mother drinked up to 65 years old. and my father I met once died from drinking.im; going to get me some help and put God in my life.not to mentioned I have a swollen stomach.that I never had before.

  11. I’m 52 years old, always had a hard time with having just one drink but never to the point it is now. A couple of years ago my wife left and I hit the bottle really hard for about a year and a half. I now have no stopping point when I drink. I crave alcohol so much that I fight with myself to not buy it. If I lose the fight then I fight with myself to not have the first drink. As soon as I do the fight is over as long as I don’t run out of booze before I pass out. I wake up in the morning hating myself and my lack of willpower. Only to go through the hell of another battle later later in the day.

    I wasn’t sure why I couldn’t stop until I read this article. Thanks it makes more sense to me now. I just thought I didn’t have strong willpower like most people. I now know where to start and of course seek professional help like AA

  12. I’m in it bad, too. I do just fine if I can stay home. But on work days, I literally stop every day for wine coolers when I get off work. It’s terrible. I know I’m killing myself and yet I keep doing it. What makes it more sad is that I watched my dad drink and abuse myself and my little sister when I was little. Now I have the same problem. I don’t have kids or any other human depending on me. That’s my only high point. I’d love to have someone to talk to after work, so I can pass up that gas station. Once I’m home, I don’t leave.

  13. I can’t stop drinking Budweiser reds…
    I’m at my witts end with this life style I can afford it, but I’m blowing over a $100.. a week on beer!

    I’ve tried going could turkey that lasted 3days..
    I’ve tried exercising that didn’t work now I drink while I’m exercising…
    I just want to get this monkey off my back..

    • Hi Fabian,

      We always recommend you attend your local AA group to communicate with the many other people in your vicinity that have been in a similar place to yourself.

      You can learn many life skills to assist you through this most trying time.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Tyrosine Mood Food – 1 tablet two to three times daily to improve depression symptoms and enhance mood. Take in a small amount of filtered water away from food.
      This can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • I can relate 45 years of drinking and all the loss that has come with it

  14. Please help me.

  15. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else encountering issues with your
    site. It looks like some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody
    else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This may be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this
    happen previously. Many thanks

    • Hi there,

      There doesn’t appear to be a problem on our end so I’m guessing it’s something to do with your browser.
      Hopefully the problem will be rectified for you soon.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

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