Stop Drinking Advice: Can Antabuse help to stop drinking?Antabuse, also known as disulfiram, was approved for the treatment of alcohol addiction many years ago. The question is does it really help cure you problem drinking?
Antabuse was prescribed for people who want to stop drinking alcohol. If you do drink while taking antabuse, most information will tell you in much too tame language that it causes negative reactions, but in reality it goes a lot further than that. You can actually have a stroke or a life threatening response if you drink while taking it. Back when I was a drinker I tried Antabuse and I can tell you it was deeply unpleasant and very scary to say the least.
When you drink, the alcohol is metabolized into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which is toxic and is a major contributor to your hangover symptoms. The body then transforms this acetaldehyde in another chemical called acetic acid, which is a softer chemical. What antabuse actually does is prevent the transference of acetaldehyde into acetic acid. This results in your body building up a level of acetaldehyde up to approximately ten times higher than you would normally have when you drink. So imagine having a hangover ten times stronger than normal that suddenly arrives as the result of just one sip of alcohol.
This elevated concentration of acetaldehyde in your system while you are drinking and taking antabuse will cause a severe reaction. Flushing to the point of your face becoming literally bright red is a common one (a rather obvious feature of sky high blood pressure), and heart palpatations is another. When I tried antabuse it didn't stop me drinking it just made me test how much I could drink while taking it. When I got it wrong the effects of the drug would leave me confined to bed scared that I was about to die.
You can also suddenly have breathing problems, chest pain, and vomiting. These are the mild symptoms. The severe or should we say life threatening symptoms would include respiratory arrest, heart failure and convulsions.
Why I don't suggest you try Antabuse
The problem with antabuse is it doesn’t take away the cravings for drinking. And that’s what anyone suffering with alcoholism who really wants to quit needs. All methods to stop drinking that don't deal with the problem and only attempt to treat the symptoms are doomed to failure. Sure there have been some studies done, where a small percentage of users of antabuse have been successful, because taking the antabuse got them out of the habit of daily drinking (most likely because they were truly fearful enough not to drink while taking the antabuse). I would argue these limited numbers of people got lucky rather than an effective cure. Is it worth trying Antabuse to quit drinking?
Taking any prescription drug to deal with alcohol addiction is ill advised. You are failing to remove the veil of lies that have built up around your use of a simple drug. Most people who take Antabuse also attempt to continue drinking. You are playing Russian Roulette with a gun loaded with more bullets than blanks. The other major disadvantage of drugs such as Antabuse is they need you to remember to take them - or is more likely the problem... they need you not to decide you don't want to take them.
If you are serious about stopping drinking alcohol then you have to deal with the source of the problem not the symptoms that flow from it. In the members area I am waiting to show you the only method I have ever found that does exactly that.
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