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Old 05-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Niacin for alcohol cravings

I have recently read that Niacin (B3) is good for those dealing with alcohol cravings. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and if it is valid. Thanks!

 
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Re: Niacin for alcohol cravings

Yes there is current research that say Niacin or any B complex vitamins help reduce alcohol cravings, it also points out that most heavy drinkers are deficient in B complex vitamins and should take them in supplement form, 100mgs per day.

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Re: Niacin for alcohol cravings

Hi, There was a pill I took about 15 yrs. ago when I was dealing with alcohol issues that really takes away the cravings but for the life of me I can,t remember the name of it. It was not Antibuse. I,m sure someone else on this board would know the name of it or maybe you could ask a Dr.

 
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Re: Niacin for alcohol cravings

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Yes there is current research that say Niacin or any B complex vitamins help reduce alcohol cravings, it also points out that most heavy drinkers are deficient in B complex vitamins and should take them in supplement form, 100mgs per day.

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Thanks! I also read that Niacin is good for depression and anxiety.

So, does anyine know how excessive alcohol intake effects B3 levels? (Assuming one is eating a good balanced diet.)

 
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Re: Niacin for alcohol cravings

It's pretty simple actually, alcohol has know nutritional value, it's empty calories. so if you drink heavily, it's replacing what you would normally be putting in your body that would have a nutritional impact. Experts, aka Dr.s say "To counteract weight loss and protein deficiency, people with drinking problems should eat between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day," "Most of those calories--about 60 percent--should be in the form of carbohydrates such as breads, pastas and other grains as well as fruits and vegetables."

And that means no junk food.

You can do a simple Google search on How does heavy drinking affect b Vitamins, and you'll get tons of information and specific value charts for what Vitamins you should take approximately how much of each day, etc.

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