Reader’s Questions: My brother is a recovering alcoholic but he’s having a difficult time with it. Are there any supplements than can help him get back on the right track?
Dr. Johnathan V. Wright: The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous was the first to publicize that high-dose niacin can reduce alcohol cravings. The Biochemist Dr. Roger J. Williams Ph.D. has also published research showing that high-dose glutamine can effectively reduce alcohol cravings.
For many years I’ve also recommended low-dose lithium for alcoholics. Ten milligrams of lithium orotate used three times a day can be quite helpful for controlling cravings and improving mood.
Even with low-dose lithium it’s wise to also take an essential fatty acid supplement and mixed tocopherols, as these can help prevent an accidental lithium overdose, even at much higher lithium doses.
Low-dose lithium can also help social drinkers too. Many adults have told me that their occasional hangovers are more tolerable and significantly shorter in duration since they started taking 20 milligrams of lithium daily, usually to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
As it’s possible to take too much lithium, it’s best and safest to consult with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional and natural medicine before starting on this treatment.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing