Experiencing alcohol withdrawals looking for advice

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hello all

i spent the last year having roughly 2 beers or glass of wine a night.i didnt need it to sleep but i did have a pretty hard time falling asleep with out smoking marijuana. recently i went on vacation.i have not smoked since i left. i spent 3 weeks drinking roughly all day consuming 20+ beverages a day sometimes 25.i have been slowing down recently finding success in a tapering system. i got back down to drinking between 10-12 beers a day because the size of the beers where i am are large. i am looking for advice on people who have tapered from a similar level.

also on the topic of withdrawals, if i dont drink to a certain level i experience withdrawals. for instance, i had about 5 beers the other night and started experiencing the withdrawals.i do not feel emotionally connected or experience depression anxiety or nasuea. i currently experience shaking(feels like my hearts racing), inability to sleep and vivid nightmares when i do sleep.i dont sleep much when i do get sleep during the withdrawals. if i drink to a proper level i sleep fine but sometimes feel symptoms during the day ,which are alot easier to deal with. has anyone been in my shoes who can give me some advice or insight? not looking to quit cold turkey, looking for advice from those who have successfully tapered correctly and experienced minor symptoms.

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    Hi Charles,

    I can't really help you I'm afraid as I am a terrible sleeper anyway - dreadful when I was drinking and now even worse now I've stopped!!

    Some one on here will empathise with you and share their experiences with you.

    All the best

    Claire xx

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    Alcohol withdrawals are not to be messed with and can be extremely dangerous.

    My advise to you would be two-fold:

    1. Consult a doctor - there are medications that can help you to be safe during any withdrawal period, should you need them. You may not need them, but only a doctor can advise you whether you do or do not. Please do not underestimate the harm to your body that withdrawal can cause and get yourself checked out.


    1. Look into The Sinclair Method - this is a treatment that uses an approved safe, non-addictive medication taken one hour to your first drink of the day, and it will to help your brain to dis-associate that alcohol has reward reinforcing properties. Your urges to drink will lessen as your brain learns this a little more each time.
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    Try watching videos on the c3 foundation and the Sinclair method is the way forward as suggested by Joanna. She should know since she has helped 100s of people over the years. Sounds like you ought to stop like i did some years ago. Best of luck. Robin

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