Hello all, bit over the top with my title, but this drug is certainly working for me,
I used to drink 70+ units a week. I then cut right down but then crept up to around 40 units a week. I had regular breaks of a week or two before starting to drink again. My main concern was the constant urge to drink in the evening even after my 5 or 6 daily units. Luckily I had the willpower to always stop at 5 or 6 units, but the strong urge was worrying and unpleasant.
I asked my GP about Antabuse which is a nasty drug that makes you feel extremely sick if you drink, but it does nothing to control urges. Next after counselling (not much help to be blunt as I’d already come to terms with the fact I’d never be a moderate or occassional drinker and had to totally quit), I was prescribed Campral.
The urge was still strong in the first week, but I held out and gradually the urge to drink weakened. OK, I’m only on day 16, but for the last few days I haven’t even wanted alcohol. Campral really is helping.
I know everyone is different. I had already cut back on drinking and had stopped in the past. I believe Campral is less effective for current heavy drinkers. However, there is help available out there, and I found my GP very supportive.
Congratulations, CocoNutWater! That's awesome news. ☺️
Thanks FuzzyWasShe, I really really believed I could be an occasional drinker or just have one drink a day. However, I’d been drinking between 40 and 70 units a week for twenty years, and no one can ever be a social/normal drinker after that many years of heavy drinking. That fact is a lot to come to terms with, but for the likes of me it’s a choice between heavy drinking or none at all.