Drinking to excess and sore mouth

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Hey guys

Currently in a bad place with my drinking. I can go all day without it but pretty much drink every night.

As I’m on holiday at the minute I drinking most of the day. Over the last few days the back of my mouth is very sore. I’m now paranoid I’ve developed cancer ??. I’ve been drinking often for about 1 & 1/2 years. I’m a 37 year old male with a great job and wonderful family. 

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    I recently read that mouth ulcers can be caused by stress and a deficiency of vitamin B and folic acid. I think that both of these vitamins can be deficient due to excessive drinking. In my opinion, you should have your mouth checked my a medical professional but if it’s not cancer (you did not mention tobacco products) you may want to be sure to get these vitamins in your diet or purchase them from the drug store. Good luck with getting your drinking under control. I have been taking naltrexone for 3 months and my drinking has cut down by 80%. I know the results vary for this drug but it has been very encouraging for me. I do see an alcoholic counselor as well. Best of luck to you. Try to enjoy your holiday.


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    I would guess it's not as bad as cancer. Not to scare you, but esophageal issues can be caused by excessive drinking and can be fatal.  I think that takes years though.  More likely a deficiency or just irritation from excessive drinking.  You should see a doc about your throat and ask about meds like Naltrexone or Campral.  They can work wonders to help get back into healthy moderation or even get to abstinence if that's what you're looking for.  For more info on that check out 



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    Hi leavesley

    Are you by any chance drinking spirits?

    Reason for asking is that over 20 years ago, I used to drink a lot of neat vodka or gin, whichever I could get.

    After one two day binge of vodka, I woke up and had difficulty swallowing as my throat was so sore.

    Putting it bluntly, the spirits had burned my esophagus (excuse spelling) and was at risk of esophagical varices. Bleeding.

    I had to stop drinking as basically my throat was raw. I’m not saying that’s what you’ve got. I ended up with throat sprays to numb the back of my throat to enable me to tolerate water or soup.

    Yes I thought this is it, I’ve got cancer and I smoke, I can’t even swallow, let alone eat. I could just tolerate warm water through a straw.

    Hey twenty plus years later, I’m still here, drink socially. Love a hot curry and no permanent damage. Scary at the time, but you can recover

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    How do you cope with your family? Do they see you drunk or do you manage to hide the drinking? I was like that for years and hiding my drinking..just wondering..
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      Hi Robin

      Sorry for the late reply. I don’t hide the drinking as I handle the booze well (not a good thing) I only drink at night after work so it doesn’t appear like it’s a problem but I know it is. I suffer from anxiety and had a terrible upbringing. The drink helps numb this stuff out to be fair.

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    Leavesle: Having read your info, I would first say it is not likely you have oral cancer at 37 from drinking heavily for 1.5 years. Do have your mouth examined but it is not likely cancer if you do not smoke and chew tobacco. Try to find a dr that will prescribe naltrexone using the Sinclair Method. If you are not familiar with the Sinclair Method please look it up. I drank pretty good for 30 years and have reduced my drinking by more than 50% using the Sinclair Method three months into using that method. It's been a godsend and I recommend you look it up. U tube has several good video's on it and this site has good info on the method. And yes you may well have a vitamin deficiency particularly b vitamins. So find a good b complex vitamin and take extra b-12. Good luck my friend and do check our the Sinclair Method you will be glad you did.

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