Alcohol Is Not an Approved Treatment

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by Relic Hunter, Dec 2, 2013.

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    1. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1990
      Yesterday was a bad T day. No worse than usual but sometimes fighting this beast on a day to day basis takes its toll. I had enough so I decided to drown my sorrows in a few shots of good Canadian whiskey. Those Canadians make the smoothest whiskey on the planet.

      A couple shots wound up being a whole 1/5 th and I was feeling no pain. I still had my tinnitus but just didn't care. Today I care. The tinnitus is up and I have a hangover and feel like crap.

      Oh well, it was good while it lasted and seemed like a great idea at the time. Stupid is as Stupid does.
       
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    2. t-man
      Suicidal

      t-man Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      I've heard alcohol does silence T for many people.

      I have to admit, I haven't had a drink since my tinnitus but if it does work for, alcoholism could be an option.
       
    3. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/1990
      I agree. When my tinnitus became worse I noticed that it did seem to decrease with even a couple beers and would stay calmer for quite awhile. I drank too much as a result. Now alcohol seems to make it worse.

      I would probably be an alcoholic by now if it had continued to lessen my T.
       
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    4. Erlend
      Question it

      Erlend Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Scandinavia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      You haven't had a drink since 2009? Not because of the T I hope? If T is the reason, you have let it take over your life!

      I don't know what your drinking habits used to be though.
       
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    5. Jodi
      Confused

      Jodi Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/1999
      Drank yesterday, big T spike today. Alc. does that to my T. As does caffeine.
       
    6. Leah

      Leah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chardon, Ohio USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Darn, was hoping would take the edge off.
       
    7. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Alcohol uses causes my T to spike but I only do it occasionally and time out with my buddies is worth it. I think for most of us the spike is just temporary.
       
    8. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Your not stupid, you only wanted to forget it for a while so you had a drink, so what, it´s cruel now you have to pay the piper. For me as soon as i have a drink my T practically disappears, but it will spike when it wears off, but for those 4/5 hrs of a taste of my old life is wonderful!!!! Christmas will be tough for me, because i will have to stay away from the booze or i´ll spend most of the time climbing the walls with spikes!!!
       
    9. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      i'm what you would call a heavy drinker, when my tinnitus started august 2012 it was only mild but i was devastated about the loss of silence, drank everynight for 6 months straight, didn`t affect my tinnitus at all, have a couple of pints of water straight before bed and i'm practically hang over free the next day.

      Spent months sober after a while because i could sleep well and was ok with my tinnitus, never made a difference in volume.
      Now it has increased in volume and changed in pitch i am relying on alcohol once again, i thought this spike would be temporary but it has been 7 weeks today, all from slamming shut a car bonnet/hood.

      I feel worse than i did at the start, can't believe it sounds so different now.

      Make sure you wear earplugs around loud noises!
       
    10. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Mick, when you have a drink does your T go low?
       
    11. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi Carol, no my tinnitus stays the same volume, sometimes when i drink alot it is a little higher when i go to bed, but by morning it is back to normal.
      The only thing that has changed my tinnitus is loud noise.
       
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    12. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Fortunately, alchohol has no effect on my T. I have a couple glasses of merlot every night. I really look forward to it. It's sort of my reward for getting home and time to relax.
       
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    13. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      I also have a glass of wine at night when I get home and yes, it usually does calm my tinnitus. However, I lately have realized I sometimes now will have two glasses, or even three if I am at a party for a long time. Not good.

      That's the trouble with regularly using alcohol to de-stress, your consumption can creep up without you noticing. Alcohol is NOT a treatment for tinnitus and I am being much more cautious now.
       
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    14. Golly
      Bookworm

      Golly Member Benefactor Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      I am in the same camp as Karl. I would even go as far as saying that after a glass of wine (or two), I am reasonably unaware of my tinnitus. The head-noise remains in the background, but I pay it less attention. I do avoid excessive drinking. In large part, this is because I think it's bad for you; but also because I imagine that a hangover would exacerbate tinnitus, or at least reduce my ability to cope with it.
       
    15. gary
      Transparent

      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      Hey whatever it takes my friend, just don't drive...
       
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    16. Riikka

      Riikka Member

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2007
      When my tinnitus was as it's worst I tried to have a beer or a glass of wine in the evening to help me relax. It does help me feel more relaxed, even though the sound of my tinnitus seems to increase. But after some alcohol I sleep even worse than usually, so (maybe fortunately) alcohol doesn't really work for me.
       
    17. Hudson
      Cowboy

      Hudson Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Alcohol is great in that it gives you the ability to not give a damn about your tinnitus (and it generally makes the world seem like less of a crappy place). The only problem is when you use it regularly to cope. Alcohol never had an effect on my tinnitus at all, even after heavy drinking. I stopped drinking because it wasn't doing me any good and being physically dependent on alcohol is a damn miserable way to live, as it stops being fun.
       
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    18. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I'm surprised alcohol abuse isn't rampant among tinnitus sufferers, with all the depression, anxiety, sleep issues. Many people drink when they are stressed out from work, life etc, I think having a drink is understandable when your ears are screaming and you are close to going mad.
       
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    19. ajp120
      Worried

      ajp120 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2013
      did not work for me.
       
    20. RaZaH
      Not amused

      RaZaH Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012/04
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo + loud noise
      Beer is the ONLY thing that will lower my T.
      Get drunk and its gone.
      This never ever happens otherwise.
      It's even very low during the hangover....finally a welcome hangover. (y)
       
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    21. carol kane
      Wishful

      carol kane Member

      Location:
      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      Lucky you, i love my wine but it sends t crazy so i avoid it now.
       
    22. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      Worked for me last tuesday went into the west end with a couple of mates visited 9 pubs and at the end I was so out of it that the t became part of the universe i was spinning round in and became a nothing in a world of nothingness:beeranimation::beeranimation::beeranimation::beeranimation::confused::confused::cry::sleep:
       
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    23. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      :beeranimation:Pretty cool, @carlover. Now you just gotta replicate that feeling when sober.

      Cheers!
       
    24. Bob R

      Bob R Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      Curious to see all the different responses to drinking and T. When I first got it, I abstained for about 6 months and lost a lot of weight. Good for me. I went back to drinking rather heavily, which I've done for most of my life, and found it had little effect on my T. Red wine does seem to make it worse the day after. But white wine and beer seem to make it better. Also, I never get hangovers.

      Other things I've noticed: coffee with caffeine is O K. But tea makes my T go crazy. Constipation, if severe, will make my T spike badly. A glass of prune juice once a week keeps that in check. Also, I'm not very affected by loud noises. Sometimes, I'll be having an OK day, and I'll take a one hour nap in the afternoon, and when I wake up, the T is through the roof.

      All this makes me think that T is particular to each individual. That may be why it is so hard to treat and find a cure for.
       
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    25. Jeff M.
      Cowabunga

      Jeff M. Member Benefactor

      Location:
      La Jolla, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct. 2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic
      Hey Bob R!

      Very interesting! You and I have some real similarities, and some total differences! Which goes to your correct point that T is so particular to each individual!! That's why TT is so important! So many different opinions, ideas, treatments, etc... being shared so folks can try different things until something helps/works!!!

      Drinking beer & wine does help me "deal" with my T in the evenings, although I know it's not the best long term solution. I have been supplementing that with exercise (surfing & running) and other distractions. Which is helping for sure, but I still like to have my drink or two in the evenings once in awhile to "take the edge off" from my severe T.
       
    26. hermes

      hermes Member

      Location:
      Canada / Southeast Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      1967/2001/2007/ 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      critical brain concussion/otitis media/head trauma/audio trauma
      I no longer drink alcohol because not only do I feel less well in the morning after even a glass of wine (weak liver?) my T gets worse while imbibing beer etc. Same for cannabis.
       
    27. Christian_B
      No Mood

      Christian_B Member

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      07-2014
      I'm a young guy, i do drink more than i maybe should.. but that's the way of danish young people.

      As i see it, alcohol DOES calm and lower your T - A LOT - so much that i sometimes think that it's gone.

      As of right now, i've been with a bunch of friends, drank some beers (8+) and literally my T is 0.5/10 right now..

      The problem is the hangovers, it seriously spikes your T, at least for me... for around 12-24 hours, which can be very hard to handle when hangover.

      Just my experience tho..

      My point: Don't drink to calm your T, drink if you like it and be social with some familie or friends. Another thing is, don't avoid alcohol because you're afraid it will spike your T forever... it wont.

      Side note: Cannabis is very bad for T suffers, it spikes your T like 100%... very very disturbing.
       
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    28. Viktor Salvatore
      Smug

      Viktor Salvatore Member

      Location:
      Las Vegas, Nevada
      Tinnitus Since:
      7-5-11
      I agree with all of you. Beer and a shot or two help me forget this stupid T. It even tends to lower or so i think.
      The next morning i am in hell. The T is relentless and the day is long. I feel like crap.

      So i guess i'll just pray and then some .
       
    29. Chris D

      Chris D Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      December 10, 2014
      Hello,
      I have had T for about three weeks and was abstaining from alcohol because I read it makes it worse. Due to insomnia I finally tried a few shots of whiskey the other night to help me get to sleep. Surprisingly it actually reduced the level of T. I tried it again yesterday and today and holy shit it seems to work. My To level is the quietest its been in weeks.
       
    30. jazz
      No Mood

      jazz Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      eardrum rupture from virus; barotrauma from ETD
      I'm pretty certain alcohol increases mine too, but since I flucuate it's impossible to know. New Year's Day I did have champagne and did not get loud; but I was loud the next day.

      In general, alcohol either reduces or increases your noise. But, since alcohol acts on GABA receptors, you would think it should lower everyone's tinnitus temporarily.
       

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