Could Alcohol Intolerance Cause Addiction?


Alcohol Addiction Caused By Alcohol Intolerance?It seems that people are drinking a lot more than they ever have, especially women. I want to take a look at what the possible reasons  for that are and investigate whether alcohol intolerance or alcohol allergy could be causing alcohol addiction and what you can do about it. I think the two main reasons are:

1)  Using alcohol to numb emotions

It could be that you are using alcohol as an anaesthetic to numb some kind of emotional pain or pains in your life. If you deal with the emotions or trauma you might find that you no longer need to use alcohol as a tranquiliser. Or maybe you use it as a reward after a hard day at work or with the children. There are various techniques to help deal with the emotional side of alcohol addiction but I am not going to deal with them here as I am looking specifically at allergies in this post.

2)  Alcohol intolerance or allergy

It could well be that you have an intolerance to the alcohol in your favourite tipple………..

But what about the other ingredients? There are grains such as wheat, corn, rye, rice, malt sugar, yeast and grape in alcohol beverages. There are also sulphites in wine that you can be allergic to.

Dr Devi Nambudripad, in her book, “Say Goodbye To Illness,” says that true alcoholism is due to an allergy to B Complex vitamins, especially to B-12, PABA and also sugar, yeast and alcohol.

Please don’t assume that you can just start taking B Complex vitamins and everything will be ok.  Maybe it will but if you have an allergy to any of the B vitamins, they would first need to be cleared so that you can absorb them properly.

What does alcohol intolerance or allergy have to do with alcohol addiction?

I’m glad you asked!

Well I have discussed this many times, probably too many if you read all of my articles (sorry!).

We are addicted to what we are allergic to.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in your favourite tipple you will crave them. Take sugar for example. If you are allergic to it, it cannot be absorbed by the normal digestive processes. Alcohol can skip this process and some of it can be absorbed through the stomach lining and into the blood circulation. Momentarily you will feel better due to the action of the sugar in the alcohol giving a sudden dose of energy and increasing the energy in the nervous system.

So you see that in this instance it is the sugar that is making you feel good? But it’s short lived isn’t it? And that’s where the vicious cycle begins because in order to feel better you need more. It’s also one of the reasons why you crave food when you have a hangover. Your body wants it’s ‘fix’.

So what next?

Well the fact that you are reading this is a move in the right direction!

In order to get rid of this addiction you need to look at either eliminating your reactive foods from your diet or balance yourself in relation to them. That way it is possible to stop needing the drink in order to satisfy the craving for the reactive substances in it. There might also be some emotional work to do.

If you feel that you really have a real problem with alcohol, you will probably need support. First off you could find an Allergy Antidotes or NAET practitioner who will be able to work with the physical and emotional process of coming off alcohol.  Look for an Alcoholics Anonymous group for support. Your doctor should also be involved in your treatment.

You owe it to yourself and your family to get help with this. Now that you can see that it might be intolerances or allergies that are making you addicted to drink, do you feel you have more hope of giving up? Does it maybe sound a bit easier than you thought to give up? Or is it still too daunting?

Let me know by leaving your questions or comments in the box below. I would love to hear from you and help in any way I can.

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With love and light,

Cathy x


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  2. HCG Online says:

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