Scared of severe withdrawal

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I've been drinking 2 bottles of wine 3/4 nights a week for about 2 years. (Had 6 week break 3 weeks ago because of pregnancy but had miscarriage). I had no withdrawal symptoms during that time. Also used to work night shifts 3 nights a week last year so didn't drink those nights. Now back to drinking 4 nights a week (wine) and I'm still off work (new job) because of depression. I'm seeing the addiction team on Friday and my family know about it and r very supportive. Just wondered if anyone else drinks 2 bottles or so of wine a few nights a week and have they tried to cut down or stop without withdrawal? I know I can do it as my first pregnancy was the incentive but since that went wrong I'm back on it.

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    Hi Vicky

    So sorry to hear you've had a miscarriage.

    Ade has sent you a very good link to The Sinclair Method. Worth investigating. My husband is following this and is getting great results after years of drying out and picking up again.

    If you feel you can taper back and remain abstinent, hubbys detox nurse and his gp told him to reduce by 10% a day. However, I must point out that it takes a lot of willpower to do this. Also, if you're not careful you could get into a spiral of drying out, picking up etc this is called kindling and it strengthens your brain's Neuropathways, which, will inevitably make your AUD Alcohol Use Disorder worse. This is what happened to my husband. There is Acamprosite which can help with the cravings when you have detoxed.

    You will need to see your gp to discuss all options. Be prepared though, he/she may not have heard of TSM

    Keep in touch

    Kind Regards

    JulieAnne x

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    I'm sorry to hear about your problems; to answer your question: I know and have known people who can drink 2 bottles of wine and maybe only have minor 'hangovers'. There is much to consider - ones constitution, diet, metabolism, mind set etc.

    4 bottles is pushing it and you're asking for trouble. Stop or try a method much advocated on this site.

    I have been sober for a long time; I am thinking about new methods of controlled drinking.

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