Let's Talk About Alcohol

Discussion in 'Support' started by Andrey, Apr 3, 2016.

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    1. Andrey

      Andrey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Hello everyone.
      Maybe not quite a topic for a 'support' section but didn't know where to put it.

      So during my year with tinnitus I red a LOT of sources as probably most of us did and thought a lot about reasons for my T. Recently I also got Visual snow addition to my lovely T.

      One contributing factor I am thinking is alcohol. I personally was on 35 UK units a week for last 5 years, way over the medical limit, thought it never messed with my life or social responsibilities. So does alcohol cause tinnitus? I meet this idea a lot in an informal articles and hearsay, also my doctors were suspecting vascular problems in my brain (albeit with no hard evidence), but... a lot of people drink. There must be a serious literature on the correlation. Is there?

      I would also be interested to hear your personal stories and thoughts on this connection.
      Cheers to that! (Just kidding. Overdue with my sobriety)
       
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    2. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      27/12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
      @Andrey . Alcohol certainly brings my tinnitus down . I can see how this could easily turn people with tinnitus into alcoholics.
       
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    3. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I like the odd glass or two of something nice when my ears are getting to me....
      My hubby would tell you I over did it not long ago as was drinking lemonade with whisky in and fell out of bed at night....oops!!!! Hahaha....lots of love glynis
       
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    4. Richard zurowski

      Richard zurowski Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      27/12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection.
      @glynis-harbron . Hi Glynis well at least you didn't wet the bed. Ha ha
       
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    5. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      What is 35 UK units? 35 drinks?
       
    6. theekarwash
      Nerdy

      theekarwash Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise and/or Ear Infeciton
      1 UK unit is 1/3 of a pint of lager of 5-6% ABV
       
    7. Fairy
      Cool

      Fairy Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      I don't drink coke, alchohol, cigarettes, all the bad crap.
      Don't eat fat. I eat clean Vegan and I still have this crap.
      I do into emergency today. No heart disease, I wandered
      why. It must be my low fat vegan diet.

      My Mri was cleaned.
      My ear pain and tinnitus is 20, because of the Mri scan of brain.
      Think of something you all do that I can rid of this tinnitus.

      Next game is an audogram test. Why is it so hard to get help.
      This is 5 place trying to help.

      5 doctors later, same condition. I have been at for 2 months.
      The doctors it was strange tinnitus and ear ache, with sore throat.
      Unless there is a virus still in them. I take all the antiobiotics twice.

      Warning Mri will make your head go Tinnitus Hit.

      What do you think of acptuncure? I have no more options really.
      It is $100.00 a shot of nothing, maybe. I was looking the scenar
      machine. It seems like a scam. Any body used it?

      I will be able to get some help laser light machine, commercial.
      Tens seems like it does not work. I was reading cayce's Research
      Last Night. If that is same thing.

      You are lovely today. I am positive.

      Any ideas from all the nerds here. It is ringing in the right ear, like something likes in there.
      I would fish it out if I could

      What did I get in end from hospital, Pain is still 10, Tinnitus 20. Double earaches,
      My diet has been the same for years, It is healthful. No junk food, pop, acholol.
      No cookies, You get the picture.

      I don't think that MRI knock out Tinnitus. Sorry folks, Some one got lucky on here.

      homopathic medicine herbs are on the shelf here. I don't know much about them.
      That will long trip downtown here.

      positive tip: Use warm water bottles, it helps me.
       
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    8. Jean-Philippe

      Jean-Philippe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/01
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      When I drink alcohol, it happens to be the moment where I tolerate this ringing best. I don't give a F once I'm drunk. I'm no longer anxious after a few drinks. I'm actually contemplating the idea of getting wasted every night and becoming alcoholic.
       
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    9. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Red wine, the supposed T spiker, drops my T down to a manageable level. I have 2-3 good size glasses before dinner.
       
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    10. Tamar
      Curious

      Tamar Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I'd have to agree. Before T I wasn't much of a drinker, just the occasional glass of wine on a special occasion. My mom and husband both suggested I have a few glasses of wine to relax. I decided to try champagne (the little bottles with screw off tops which we jokingly refer to as girl beer). It really does help me to forget about the tinnitus. I can't get much done in the evening, but I certainly feel less annoyed and disturbed by my T sounds--high pitched screaming jets and thunder. My T sounds are ominous. I've been working on not reacting with fear for a few years now. Still terribly annoying but less so with bubbly.
       
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    11. John G

      John G Member

      Hmmm. The title hits home with me. I relied on alcohol way too much. Made me forget about my T but caused way too many more problems. Caused family, relationship,financial issues. Please take my advice and dont go overboard like I did.
       
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    12. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Don't just talk about it, pour! Yes, now!
       
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    13. Andrey

      Andrey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Aren't you, guys, a one optimistic crowd :)
       
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    14. Valentin

      Valentin Member

      Location:
      Thailand
      Tinnitus Since:
      17/08/2013

      that consumption is quite low, 100 UK unit a week seems more reasonnable to speak about a little alcohol problem.
       
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    15. Marie79

      Marie79 Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2/1/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      red wine at night. calms me down helps get me to sleep. not a good crutch and it's making me fat.
       
    16. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      Try drinking diet red wine. };-)
       
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    17. Zorro!
      Wtf

      Zorro! Member

      What's "diet red wine"? Grape Kool-Aid and vodka? :D
       
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    18. Cheza
      Wishful

      Cheza Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Drinking about 4 oz of white wine seems to help, and I tried that for a couple months, but then it got to where I wanted two glasses in the evening instead of just one. That's when I decided it wasn't such a good idea for me to rely on it, but that's just because of my family history.

      It actually relaxes me more to have a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra tea, with chamomile, lemongrass, and valerian. Something warm and soothing, a little ritual before turning in at night. CS also makes a tea called Tension Tamer, which contains peppermint, ginger, lemongrass, and eleuthero. It doesn't calm the tinnitus, but it does ease the tension a wee bit. Or maybe it's placebo, who knows.
       
    19. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Hey guys!!
      just wondering i would love to have alcohol again, i havent drink since onset.
      sugar and salt seem to spike the tinnitus.
      what should i try first? wine, beers, vodka.. hahahah
      any advice?
       
    20. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      How about some ... water ... with ice cubes for effect! :):rockingbanana::p
       
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    21. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      hahahahahaha i love water with ice cubes XD
       
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    22. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      And I predict water with ice cubes will NOT spike the tinnitus! Party on, young man!
       
    23. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      12 beers a week is nothing. Cardiologists recommend that much wine. Relax

      I'm also convinced booze doesn't cause spikes - anxiety about booze causing spikes does.

      Two glasses of wine a should also not make you fat. It's like 300 calories. That's less than the bread on your sandwich at lunch. Eat better at lunch and enjoy the night.
       
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    24. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      12 beers a week is more than 80% of the USA consumes; the 12-drink "average" that gets thrown around is a mean value which is distorted by severe alcoholics on the upper end of the range who may consume 70+.

      many of the studies showing a positive health impact from alcohol are flawed.

      alcohol is a significant carcinogen in a dose edependan way. people who consume seven drinks a week are more likely to get a number of cancers than people who abstain.

      all that said, i do not personally believe alcohol to be ototoxic in the way other GABA agents like benzos are.

      I drink, but i have no illusions about what that does for my health, any more than i think riding a motorcycle is helping my longevity...

      *cracks a beer*
       
    25. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      according to the chart that you're referencing (by decile) 60% of the country drinks one or less drinks a week. Just because you drink more than people who don't, hardly indicates dangerous levels.
      I also suspect these numbers are under reported.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ink-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/

      The stress ir relieves will kill you much faster than less than 2 drinks a day.
       
    26. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Hey Linear b,
      do you think dinking alcohol spikes your t?
      since i dont party a lot anymore haha i wanna have
      a new hobbie
      thats basically buying beeer from around the world and rate them.
      haha thanks
       
    27. John G

      John G Member

      Wine makes my T worse. Beer is the only thing that helps quiet down my T for the night.
       
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    28. Mario martz
      Creative

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      What kind of beer? lager, ale, dark
       
    29. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      we must experiment. for science!
       
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    30. Vaba
      Shitfaced

      Vaba Member

      Location:
      New New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Gradual, Progressive
      For me, there's this nice brewery in Southampton called OPA OPA. They make these craft beers that are as delicious as they are strong.

      My favorite is the OPA-OPA Double IPA.
       
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