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Panic attacks after stopping drink

Hello I've committed to cut down on alcohol this year and not touched any since new year! But the panic attacks are driving me mental I'm constantly thinking I'm going to have a heart attack and die! Is this normal? Will they stop? Xx

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  • stephxx07

    Hi I also want to cut down but just can't manage it I'm using diazepam which helps a bit but it's just terrible. I have read a lot about the Sinclair method and going to talk to my doctor about it maybe you should think about it, as it seems to have high success rate here to talk xx

  • stephxx07

    Hi Bikerjools it would be well worth you and Steph thinking about the Sinclair Method There have been many people here who have used this method to taper back gradually either to get their drinking at safe and manageable levels or to stop completely.I was a more of a binge drinker but having been following the Sinclair method for a year now alcohol has become very insignificant in my life.Maybe google and take look at C3 Europe website also C3 Europe on youtube. TSM has transformed my relationship with alcohol and it could yours !

  • stephxx07

    Hi Steph, Yes, the panic attacks will subside but you have stopped completely, gone cold Turkey, which is not the safest and most comfortable way to come off the Drink (infact it could kill you, or give you seizures) But you are Three Days in. I would suggest that you have got through the worst of it and past any Danger point. It will take a while for your brain to re-wire, so you start getting a Natural release of Dopamine again. I would also suggest that maybe you should see a specialist (Does not have to be a Doctor) because perhaps you might have some underlying Mental Health issues or just some simple pointers and support for you going forward.These issues could have been the cause of your Drinking in the first place, or could be a symptom of the Drink, regardless, try and make this as easy as you can for your self, ask Questions, try different "Life Tools" that people offer, even if at first they don't work, carry on......the next one could save your life. If you feel that there is something wrong with your Heart aside the Panic Attacks, like you get short of breath or Dizzy, get it checked out, Drink can cause Heart Failure (That's what Happened to Me). There is plenty of help out there, some can be very discrete if you were worried about that? But you did a great thing by coming on here for a start. People here will always do their best to help the community, some may come across blunt, but we are all here looking for solutions, Ideas an ways forward, so welcome smile AL  

  • stephxx07

    In this case, I would say the panic attacks will more than likely be linked to something else. Do you feel that you have much stress, bad memories, Worries or Concerns that might be affecting your Mental Health? It could be a Chemical thing, in which case you can get some Meds, but I would recommend Trying Acupuncture, Meditation or Mindfulness, get to know yourself Intimately and find what is causing these panic attacks. I don't think that you would need or be prescribed the Meds for the Sinclair Method (although you can get them online), If you just have a couple when you go out. x  

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