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Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic? No, that’s not true! Though it is a tough task to leave this addiction, yes, it is possible to curb the craving for alcohol. There are ways to reduce your cravings and alcohol addiction medicines in Homeopathy, which help in the removal of the withdrawal symptoms.

Why we develop this habit?

There can be many reasons given by an individual why they’ve started drinking alcohol. These reasons can be:

  • peer pressure,
  • as an adventure to try something new,
  • to escape from the gloomy past,
  • to celebrate happiness,
  • to reduce stress, etc.

And since once it stimulates them or gave it an escape from the current situation, this turned out in a habit. This habit slowly turned out into alcohol dependence and addiction. Now the body becomes so dependent that you start having cravings for alcohol. It becomes too difficult to leave this habit.

Why should one quit alcohol?

Alcohol addiction affects the physical as well as mental health. Physically, it is harmful and dangerous for the stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, nerves, brain and other organs too. It can lead to serious health issues such as liver failure, pancreatitis, gastric ulcers, malnutrition, brain cell injury, etc. At the mental plane, it can give rise to acute (e.g., delirium tremens) as well as chronic psychiatric issues such as depression, lack of concentration, poor memory, etc. Apart from these health issues, it affects the social life as well. It tends to raise the incidences of quarrels with the family as well as with the neighbours, increases the risk of accident, especially while driving. It slowly takes you away from your loved ones and from society too.

These consequences should be ample enough for a person with a sound mind, to quit alcohol. But the burden of alcohol dependence is increasing despite being aware of these results. This is because of the craving for alcohol which can occur at any time, anywhere or sometimes on getting the stimulus similar to the past. There are scientific reasons behind this addiction explained below.

Why is it difficult to quit alcohol?

Alcohol is an addictive drug entity. It affects the body’s natural functioning. Its action is not only limited to the physical plane, but it also affects the brain and as a result of this affect the mental plane as well. It has depressant as well as stimulant action upon the mind. It can alter the motor skills, decision-making skills, emotions, change in behaviour, etc. of a person. Excessive alcohol consumption for a long period directly affects the brain’s glutametargic neuroplasticity. It is the reason for an increase in alcohol cravings. The extreme desire for alcohol creates anxiety and a kind of mental restlessness that urges to consume it. It is the reason that the person who is trying for deaddiction becomes more susceptible to drink again.

How can alcohol deaddiction be achieved?

Alcohol deaddiction though seems to be a tough task, but it can be achieved with the help of several factors. It includes a strong will to quit alcohol, support of your peers and family, regular motivation, avoiding your trigger factors which arise its craving and homeopathic medicinal help to conquer its withdrawal symptoms without any side-effects.

Discover and avoid your trigger factors: Though alcohol cravings can arise at any time, day or night, usually these are associated with some trigger factors which tend to raise its desire. To quit alcohol, first, you have to identify the trigger factors which arise its craving. For example, going to a place where you drink alcohol most of the time can be a trigger for you. Once you’ve identified those triggers, you should avoid them to avoid the craving for alcohol. This should be done especially in the initial period, to develop a habit of discontinuing alcohol.

Homeopathy for alcohol addiction removal!

Once you stop taking alcohol after a long period of its consumption, it is likely to have its withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms arise with an increased desire for alcohol. For this period, there is an effective homeopathic treatment for addiction which can remove the withdrawal symptoms and diminish the cravings for alcohol.

Quercus robur is a specific homeopathic medicine for alcohol addiction. It is prepared from the common oak tree. It was given to Homeopathy by Dr Burnett. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of united states and German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia. It has been used to relieve the symptoms like diarrhoea, dysentery, gastric catarrh, swelling of the spleen, etc., developed after alcohol consumption. It cures the symptoms of depressive nervousness, state of apathy and taciturnity, craving for alcohol, drunken sensation in the head, gnawing at the pit of the stomach, splenic pain and diarrhoea. Other indications for its use are giddiness, gout, intermittent fever, splenic dropsy, leucocythaemia splenica, etc.

Indications: Craving for alcohol, giddiness, swelling and pain in the spleen, and other symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Complementary medicines: Alfalfa tonic, Alpha-HA, Alpha-MS, Nux vomica 3x tablets.

Side-effects and Contraindications: No side-effects and contraindications for Quercus robur 1x are known.

There are many other homeopathic medicines which can be used for alcohol deaddiction, for example, Sulphuric acid, Strophanthus hispidus, Sulphur, etc., which are selected according to the homeopathic principles of selection of medicine. Though free from side-effects, one should consult a registered homeopathic physician to avoid any serious underlying condition and an effective cure.


Alcohol addiction develops due to various reasons like peer pressure, an escape to reality, for stress reduction, etc. It affects our physical as well as mental health in a very harmful manner. In a short term action, it reduces the coordination power, motor skills, decision making power, etc. along with nausea, vomiting or other gastric disturbances. While in the long run, it damages the liver, spleen, can cause gastric ulcers, memory loss, maladaptive behaviour, etc. Excessive and frequent cravings for alcohol and the appearance of its withdrawal symptoms make it tough to leave this addiction. It can be achieved by reducing the desire for alcohol and conquering its withdrawal symptoms. One can find out their trigger points and avoid them. Homeopathy helps offer safe and effective alcohol deaddiction treatment. It helps in reducing the craving and removes the withdrawal symptoms. Though free from side-effects, one should get this treatment from a registered homeopathic practitioner to avoid any complications.