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Posted by Nancy O on December 09, 1999 at 23:37:10:

In Reply to: Re: alcohol posted by marxie on November 24, 1999 at 09:15:44:

: : : : : how can i get my cocktail hour(s) under control, i have great willpower, but not to convince me to stop?
: : : : : i do not want to go to a group thing, give me other ideas

Some people are low in the neurotransmitter [chemical messenger]serotonin. It is the "feel good" neurotransmitter in the brain. Alcohol craving is really a craving for serotonin. It is made from the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is into 5HTP in the brain. Then 5HTP is turned into serotonin. Low serotonin causes different reactions, some people crave alcohol and/or carbohydrates [sugars and starches]. Others crave cigarretes. Some crave gambling. 5HTP can be purchased without prescription, but it comes in varying qualities. My cousin is a dry alcoholic and ex-smoker, but he still gets cravings. I gave him 2 5HTP in the evening and it took his alcohol and cig. cravings away in 20 minutes. We have had him try the stuff available through 3 different places. One is not bad, it takes 2 pills, another doesn't work very well, but the third one requires only on pill and he feels relaxed, mellow, and the cravings just diappear. Vit. B helps also, it is necessary to turn tryptophan into 5HTP.
: : : : I have had the same problem. I have not had a drink in almost 4.5 years. (last one May 31st 1995). I am 32 yo presently. I had tried(through "willpower") to stop (or get it under control) for years before coming to the conclusion that it would never work alone! No one WANTS to go do the group thing. It happens to be the best way. I got (somewhat) comfortable with it after doing it for awhile. I don't want to tell you what to do. I don't know what's going on with your drinking habits. I don't know if it's interfering in your family, social, and work life(as was the case with me).Do you want to say anything more about it?

: : : John, how did your family cope with your drinking? you've obviously done well to stay off the booze for 4.5 years, my husband drinks and it is a real problem for him and ultimately for me too, sometime I cope, sometimes I don't. Our kids are grown and flown the nest so don't see it on a daily basis, but I get so tired of it all at times. He doesn't want to do the 'group' thing either, finds it difficult to talk about it. I've tried everything but I know it's up to him. Any suggestions or thoughts welcome though.
: : : Babs (not the first Barbara)

: : I am a recovering alcoholic myself. I haven't had a drink in a little over 2 years. By attending some of the "group things" I've been given a chance at a new way of living and I'm grateful and proud to say I know a new freedom and I new happiness like that I've never known before. Give it a try?

: : Jeri Lynn
: Find a Dr. who has a definite interest in addictions, this is what I did , put the shame in it's proper place (behind) you and take your first step forward. not an easy thing to do ,but I am so glad I did it ,I only have seven mos. sobriety but Ifeel so much better about myself , GO FOR IT!!!

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