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WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study.The British researchers said their findings could help doctors identify those at risk for mem. Heavy alcohol use doesn’t only slow down the hippocampus, it can damage it. Alcohol can destroy nerve cells.

This affects a person’s memory in the short and long term. In addition, people who. When people who drink alcohol heavily stop drinking, some of the brain damage that long-time alcohol use can cause may reverse and some memory loss they may experience may stop.

Overview Scientists have established that the ” shrinkage ” that alcohol can cause in some regions of the brain that results in cognitive damage will begin to reverse when alcohol stays out of the body for lengthening periods of. Alcohol tends to affect short-term or prospective memory more often. Prospective memory is day-to-day brain function, specifically, remembering to complete daily activities. Anyone can forget things from time to time, however, people who consume heavy amounts of alcohol have a tendency to make more memory mistakes than those who do not drink at all or those who do not drink. Because alcohol can affect the memory, a person who drinks heavily is more likely to display risk behaviors.

Someone who suffers blackouts or even short-term memory loss because of alcohol is also at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, as well as getting into fights or aggressive confrontations. The dangers associated with memory problems in recovery include: * The individual may decide that these symptoms mean that recovery itself is not a satisfying option. They may use it as justification to relapse back to their addiction. * The individual may turn to other maladaptive behaviors as a means to escape their problems with fuzzy thinking.

By remaining abstinent, however, the recovering alcoholic will continue to recover brain function over a period of several months to 1 year (19)-with improvements in working memory, visuospatial functioning, and attention-accompanied by significant increases in brain volume, compared with treated alcoholics who have subsequently relapsed to drinking (18). While alcohol is high in calories, and wine, beer, and mixed drinks add sugar to one’s diet, Kumar says cutting it out may or may not help to lose weight. “Again, depends on what the baseline. After a week or two of summoning all of my willpower to drink “socially,” I’d still end up with worse alcohol withdrawal symptoms than I’d had before. Preventing Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) Once you reach the end of your particular alcohol withdrawal timeline, you will have finished detoxing.

You should congratulate yourself. Some studies suggest that the brain does not completely heal from MDMA use even after 18 months of being clean. Other studies show that the healing begins around two weeks after being clean, and scans will look similar to a control group at about 18 months, even though the neurons may act differently than before.

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This suggests that alcohol decreases memory capacity, which is the amount of information that can be learned (i.e., encoded), manipulated (i.e., held in working memory), and remembered (i.e., recalled).

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Intoxication with alcohol increases the risk of soft-tissue injuries, fractures, head injuries and other trauma, and shortlived episodes of memory loss (or ªblackouts«) are particularly associated with heavy drinking.

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Memory functions were reported to be particularly vulnerable and sensitive to chronic alcohol abuse.

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The progression of further memory loss may be stopped by eliminating alcohol, but once tissue damage has occurred, normal memory function does not return.

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Although chronic heavy alcohol consumption damages the human brain and may cause memory loss and severe dementia, light to moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of dementia.

“The Science of Drinking: How Alcohol Affects Your Body and Mind” by Amitava Dasgupta
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Studies examining recovery of neurocognitive functioning in abstinent individuals with a history of alcohol dependence have found that improvement or even complete recovery may occur in cognitive domains including verbal IQ, verbal fluency, visual shortand long-term memory, and episodic memory.

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However, a smaller amount of alcohol over a long period of time can increase memory loss from alcohol toxicity of the cerebral cortex.

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This could be explained by alcohol’s pharmacological effects on stress and on memory.

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Other studies have demonstrated that repairing the brain can require a year or two of sobriety, and some damage may be permanent.

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Brain damage from chronic alcohol abuse can eventually lead to memory and concentration problems, confusion, and apathy (Stavro, Pelletier, & Potvin, 2013).

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  • Thanks for the wine example. I hate it when people make excuses like “its good for my heart”. Why dont you talk to your liver for a second? I also hate how this dangerous drug which has killed more than meth and heroin is so socially acceptable. Its crazy…

  • As a 65 yesr old career addict I am so relieved to learn this.. I’ve been tapering suboxone sfter 20 years of opioids and now stepping down to.5 mg day, I am anxious to get past the fatigue and insomnia and depression of paws to heal my brain and be free again.
    Grateful for the encouragement!

  • Drugs have destroyed my brain n made me feel numb to normal human feeling n emotion, sometimes a might find something funny for a split second then like a light being switched off in my head a go straight back into darkness n feel even worse than a did b4 a laughed for a second. But i started way to young with weed, a was on heroin by 14 methadone n benzo’s for about 12 year am 35 now and only just finished with it a all afew months ago, even tho all physical pain gon my brain just feels scramble all time, worst thing is trying to connect with other ppl or even talk to them, so a just stay in house on myself allday

  • Ah shit now i see why alcohol is 21+ in america
    I live in Switzerland and when your 16 you go out and drink a lot of alcohol..
    Im 17 and i cant even count how many times i have thrown up because of alcohol..
    Thats pretty bad..

  • I’ve always been a regular drinker, sometimes consuming 3-4 drinks per week, and usually gin or tequila. After the holidays, I decided to do “dry January” and as I post this I’m on day 31 and feel awesome. Better sleep, more energy, more mental focus, loosing weight and much better workout performance at the gym. I’d recommend to anyone, you won’t be sorry!

  • I’m an addict and I can’t stand when people that don’t do nothing don’t understand us you think he was do but you really don’t you read that book you were on the internet

  • Interesting to see the mechanics behind the topic. As a child of addicted parents and environments, I often wonder what set me apart from the family traditions of smoking and drinking. I do have PTSD from childhood trauma and working toward recovery from that has taught me that it is a managed condition. It’s just a guess, but it seems so is addiction recovery. Also a guess, other brain injury/conditions probably are the same. Mind and body are only 2 health factor in a jangly mobile in motion.

  • Propaganda, people! Who the fuck wants their business hung out to dry for all to see? Besides, Whitney Houston would be nothing but an insignificant number were she you or me. Celebrities are truly an exception and not a rule for any of these OD’s or deaths, cases of using, etc. Because this happened to her does not mean it happens as a rule then to the rest of us! that goes for anything.

  • I don’t smoke, quit smoking pot 28 yrs ago, always hared tobacco. I drink in moderation, quit binge drinking 28 yrs ago. People who drink laugh more often. I don’t eat a lot of beef, I’m at a very good weight. Not going abstinent.

  • I ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ that there is a strong focus on the neurobiology of addiction and even more that you’re making it accessible to everyone through your YouTube videos. I do have a question though. When I hear/say the phrase “once an addict, always an addict I usually think about how quickly old neuropathways reactivate If a relapse occurs. I don’t think of it meaning the brain doesn’t heal but rather it remembers. Sorta like muscle memory. If the person relapses they typically find themselves doing the same old things very quickly. Are there any videos about that?

  • Very interesting!! In particular, the last part… about cocaine. I would love to know more about nicotine!! Often people wonder about that!!

  • I’ve been struggling forever back and forth
    I’m so warped
    This reality thing I’m not used to it
    I hate going to barbecues and other parties

  • Does that also include prescription drugs that were prescribed to you at a very young age because of ADD ADHD? Or would this only apply to illegal drugs in the sense that they destroy your brain? Or is that any drugs? Thank you for your time!

  • My pain is sharp and constant… My reflection is no connection to myself… I do not wish for a better world for anyone… I want to inflict my pain on to others… This realization has not brought me any closer to understanding myself… As i drink the devil’s piss i can hear him laughing as he spreads his wings…

  • Addiction causes the lower brain or “reptile” part of the brain to become hardwired to seek the drug in  the same way that a persons struggles to come to the surface of water when they are out of breath or to seek out food when hungry or to move your hand from a hot surface.  It has nothing to do with the thinking parts of the brain or most people could set it down.  I cannot speak for some addictions but as far as “the real thing” goes, in all seriousness, even after withdrawal it is literally like grieving for a lost loved one.

  • My hangovers in my 30’s are absolutely brutal….even having 2-4 beers i feel like dog shit the next day. And for what? A few hours of feeling numb….i’m done

  • I give props to this especially being brodcasted but would like to add more accurate info to the piece. That particular diagram is from a heavy cocaine abuser. Most drugs do not surge as much dopamine into the synapses with only heroin comparing and amphetamine then meth being the strongest of all.

    3 years is not even remotely close to cookie cutter average time to recover from “all drugs” this coming from a just quit fully 4 months ago meth user(used for about a year not daily). And mostly stoner keep ur chin up peeps. Time and effort will change everything and only one you can control so do the most with it and time will only help stabilize it

    : Just a good side note most drugs users even heroin/meth will recover notably in 6 months. The amount of recovery being dependent on dose/ frequency of said drug

  • I know everyone will say something to this, but praying with belief true belief in God will help you. try fasting once you recover fully. try a 21 one day Daniel fast and then move to a 3 day water fast and keep your prayers while doing this. a fast will reset your mind set and give you the strength to keep away from alcohol. But in all have faith in God and you will get there. its not easy I know but don’t despair.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vztmQQL7Hf8  

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  • Precisely!!! Tolerance to the substance, the numbness…

    Always needing more and more, but not to achieve higher levels, but just to get the same amount that used to, and do calm down the tension the anxiety the craving…

    All in just simple brain scan…

    That would explain why some of those Asian’s religious statues have those “high” faces… Hehehe


  • Thank you. I love your video. I am almost 68 yrs. old and have always believed there is NO negative to being a non-drinker. Other then one time on my 21st birthday in the military, I have abstained from alcohol of any type. I saw the dark side of it until my father split for good when I was 12. I’ve also lost friends killed by drunk drivers.

    As a teacher, and having worked with young people in different settings, I have always told them that anyone that tries to encourage you to do something that can harm you in any way, shape, or form, is NOT your friend. Real friends don’t do that. I can tell you about peer pressure, but that’s a different topic.

    Yes, I know it’s legal, so rock on if you so choose to, but you are in denial if you think drinking alcohol is actually a good thing or is healthy. Finally, I’ve never met a doctor who has recommended drinking alcohol to improve my health.

    Thanks again Dr. Robbins from someone who has been counterculture in this area my entire life. I apologize for the length of my post. I just love how you call a spade a spade. You don’t have to be gifted to understand where you are coming from.

  • Great video, this deserves the views it is getting. I have quit for six weeks now and it is life-changing, thank you for getting the word out!

  • Your Brain Is Like An Organism

    Your On Your Phone 24.7
    Everyday Your Brain adapts To This
    Like A Natural Resource Or Habitat.
    At This Point If You Don’t Have Your Phone And It’s Taken Away By A Teacher Just Like That Japanese Student Who Literally Killed His Teacher for His Phone Back You Might Do The Same If To Far Gone
    Or You Will Belly-Ace And Start Acting Melodramatic Possibly Disrespecting The Teacher Or Physical Like You Flip A Desk Over And You Are In Highschool 16 Or Older If You Are This Person Clearly You Are Not Making The American School System’s Reputation Any Better.

  • I can’t stop.. and I think I have damagd my brain by now. A schizophrenia, aggresive behavior begins when im really drunk. I hate myself for it.. so ashamed. I need therapy

  • this is very very vague. addiction doesn’t need a substance to happen; things such as  using your phone or playing a video game can cause addiction.

  • Don’t we all possess the “addiction gene” to some extent?  It used to be our survival method which has now been recognized at the “Brain reward pathway” and proper #dopamine #brain function can be achieved through the ability to experience reward benefits from normal activities  http://vniinc.com/productDetails.jsp?id=17909&dealerName=live 

  • I’ve been a heavy marijuana smoker for over 10 years, I don’t do hard drugs. I quit for a whole month then relapsed. I can overcome this addiction, wish me luck

  • Can you just get straight to the point and than give your opinion on what you’re talking about. You were talking a bit too much about you think in the start. That would confuse people and i think this is really good information.

  • My doctor gave me 30 gradual seizures 4mg of Xanax a day with to 30mg 2 times from 14 untill 20. Now I’m on gabs klonapin adderall kratom nicotine drinking and weed yay….. all I gotta say it’s better then when I was on Xanax

  • mem tell us plz how to recover some tips plzi was using mariuana to last 5 years plz help me to i want my brains all capabilities back

  • Hey thanks for this! I’ve decided to do a dry January maybe longer and it’s now week 3 and I am so exhausted!! It’s happened before when I’ve quit for a month or so. Clearly I’ve done a lot of damage to my body and brain �� maybe I should try and go longer

  • Alcohol was never fun…..i dont like it.
    I just was looking for some fun….never got it.
    Its a chemical…..not a drug.
    Liquid vs dry.
    Dry good….drug.
    Alcohol is a form of liquid sugar.
    One dealt or made the crap was known as a sorcerer……..Sucrose.
    Candyman….rock candy. A jagger.
    Sucrose and hypocalemia.

  • There is an herbal suppliment called kratom that has helped a lot of people with chronic pain and opiate addiction. Not an opiate but it somehow blocks pain receptors in a similar manner without physical addiction. I don’t get high off it but it helps with energy and pain and is also used to ease opiate withdrawals. Still legal in most States and can be purchased on web and alot of smoke shack type stores. Definitely worth reseaching and trying.

  • That is the same as a person who has been born with animea low sugar in the blood with mean the person has to take in sugar to bring their levels up or they can go into confussion.. it can cause the person loose their energy.T o keep the person from being felt drain sugar would be given to that person. levels under 98 is not a good reading if it continue to drop the person can slip in to a some what comma possibility to die.

  • Your Brain Is Like An Ecosystem.
    Your BRAIN-cells are the Population

    If You Waste Your Time On Tik-Tok Or Other Class Clown Resources You Are Deliberately Killing Off Half The Species That Are Your Brain Cells They Live To Co-Respond And Cooperate Just Like The Nervous System Sends Signals To Your Brain A.K.A. Your Brain Cells.

  • I couldn’t get past the 2-minute mark before the heavy breathing and shit presentation got on my nerves. If you can’t walk without losing your breath, stop, spit out what you want to say and let’s get on with life. This was torture

  • There is no “Cure” for the disease of Addiction. It is a mental, physical and spiritual disease. When you stop using drugs or drinking alcohol you cannot start again. If you do it will be like you never stopped and it will get worst. The fatal progression of the addiction disease never stops. It is the only disease that tells you don’t have a disease. Total abstinence for the rest of your life is the only way to survive.

  • 1: medication addictions? How pharmacy the harmacy telling spreading lies & get rich by your insecure moods! Get awake or eat pills addictions get sickly!

  • Alcohol is a vile drug that will ruin your soul, your body, and your mind. And what sucks even more is that it is a progressive process. It really is the worst thing for you.

  • It would be great to see you follow this up with a Dopamine Fasting/Detox video… Particularly linking it to how it can change the brain of an addict ��❤

  • Man the holidays are so much better since I’ve been sober. Everything is better. My relationships with my loved ones are amazing. I’m in shape, my house is clean. I love the control you have. I have control over my behavior, how I feel in the mornings, the things I say and do. You can look any person in the eye and mean every word you say. The guilt and shame were big for me. No more of that. I hope you’re still sober my man. God bless ya brother.

  • All your degrees don’t make u understand addiction. He’s leaving out the most important reason you can’t stop… YOURE SEVERELY CHEMICALLY DEPRESSED WITH PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT EACH AND EVERY TIME U RUN OUT. Don’t even mention sugar or cigarettes. Those are nothing

  • Notice all the scum bag recovery comments on here from “the Malibu recovery “….Those places don’t give a “f” about you….You need to take out a second mortgage on your house if God forbid you or one of your kids have a drug problem….Shame on those POS places….Detox at home, if it’s alcohol then you need a rehab…Drugs do it at home and STAY OUT OF THOSE PLACES THAT COST MY COUSIN 22,000 DOLLARS…..Have your GF or BF give you a massage everyday and save thousands…,Those places are criminal….Like the place in Hawaii, where the owner was an ex addict now he is a greedy loser who fills his pockets with cash and leaves people broke and in debt….Scumbags….My rehab I’m going to open will be for anyone…There will be a no turn away anyone policy, regardless of their $$$…I’ll sleep well at night, and know I contributed to society….

  • The beginning statements about dopamine are totally false. Dopamine does not make u feel better. They have proved this again and again.. They actually teach this now at the state IDRC centers for DUI treatment in the state of New Jersey. Dopamine only carries a message to your brain receptors, simply stating “ hey this will make you feel really good.” It plays no actual role in the area of euphoria itself. Say to someone who has a drug problem. Walmart is giving away free ipods and this person sees the sign at the mall about walmart giving away the free ipods. He just happens to be at the mall that day where they have a walmart across the street. Now Dopamine and “that message being flashed to your brains ability to think before one acts” yeah that, dopamine aka message, overrides the system completely causing that message to go before all other messages and cause you not think how you normally would. Now someone who does drugs over a period of time learns that this message being flashed is the be all end all message. My point is that dopamine is just a message. Can you think, before and after. I bet it comes down to ones ability to rationalize.

  • Ok its not quite this simple.cause in addition substances like opiates and nocotine grow own receptors in brain so even if got dopamine required in abundance youd still suffer addiction/withdawl without the opiate or nicotine etc regardless of how much dopamine u had flowin thru brain…if was this simple then addiction would be easy as pie to cure all wed have to do is give a nonnarcitic med that jqcked up the hell outta dopamine production!! And poof! Addictiond be cured, so its oversimplifying and being misused, the important thing to take from this vids data is that addicts are not.just choosin or want to be on drug theres a bio physical literal very real shit goin down and actual physical brain need for it and it aint matter of just happy or depressed the lack of drug dont just make addict sad or depressed or lack of joy.if that was all addicts would all be clean lol but imqgine the most pain youve ever had bein in whole.body from head to.toe to back to u name it and then add worst miserable flu and food poisoning youve ever hqd sickness and pain severe severe sickness and pain not sadness or lack of joy is what addict in withdrawl experiences.there shouldnt be anything but compassion for addicts and this vid is showin u its much much more then just the user bein selfish stubbornand enjoying bein high, addicts dont use to get hi or for pleasure or cause feels good, they use so do not SUFFER IN PAIN AND HORRIFIC SICKNESS if u were in bed in pain sick pukin and spraying mud out ass worst vomit n diafreah your entire life and absolute agany for month without something youd not stop takin it either. So have compassi n not disdain for addicts it isnt a choice for.them to use anymore then its choice for.fags to want to suck dick. Its in their bio physical brain and they sickand in horrible.pain and illness for.very very very long time when do not have opiates or whatever addictex to

  • That’s odd. I was once an addict, but I quit and haven’t had any temptation to relapse. Just for the record, I’m nearly 2 years clean and counting.

  • Forgot to mention at the end of the video about the possibility of accelerated healing due to the sound therapy. My video covering that can be found at https://youtu.be/DmS8_zMZEhE I feel it helps me, its not like you actively notice these changes occurring everyday, but at the same time I kind of do. I feel better, I have become more motivated and active and look forward to doing things rather than simply sitting around daydreaming about drinking next.

  • This is so true! Once you are clean for awhile it is the memory that makes ppl go back! If we could erase those memories and how we felt in active addiction it would be so much easier to quit for good!

  • This is ridiculous, if you think about it the nerve impulses the synapses, and the Dopamine, in your brain don’t get bigger, so who cares if one opioid receptor gets triggered, there’s still millions more in your body. Please, please don’t pander into this crap about addiction. Sure there are people who are addicted in this world, but human morals are stronger than drugs, and if you don’t believe me, which you don’t have to, please follow the science and statistics, and don’t let your mind be prisoner, to the thought the a simple chemical substance is evil, thank you!

  • Mike you are a wonder. And at 113 days sober may I mention that I went through the memory thing? Had a sharp memory on booze (no, really, names and places, movie titles, book authors, etc.) and that dropped off fast in the first month of sobriety. BUT, it is now returning, and keeps improving by the week. Hang in there to anyone who is going through it! Your experience could be even better than mine.

  • What about non-chemical addictions, such as thinking about sex and watching pornography too often, being on the internet all the time, watching too much sports or even feeling a compulsion to listen to loud rock and roll music all the time?

  • Great info here, but the brain can change, it is always changing. New neurons have been shown to grow in adult mammals and humans. This is covered in much more detail on the Truth of Addiction website. You should check it out

  • Addiction: What is it? A Brain Disease or a Social Psychological Misunderstanding?


  • I abused benzodiazepines but they are kinda simular to alcohol,First week i was so lazy i couldn’t extend my hand to grab a bottle of water, couldn’t form sentences. 6 months later anhedonia is finaly lifting but not completely, can finally enjoy music and looking at a beautiful sun set again, can speak just fine.i no longer have mental breakdowns, brain fog improved alot. memory has improved a tiny bit but its the most annoying and depressing symptom, it feels like my days are blurred and i dont even know which point my life is at right now. i want my memory back:(

  • Dylanbingham…not true…substances like opiates and nicotine ABSOLUTELY do “grow receptors” in brain and the longer the usage the more receptors they grow makin it harder n harder to stop use.but yes in fact they ABSOLUTELY do “grow receptors” now not all subtances do but lotta drugs do nicotine perfe t example

  • Thank you Dr. Robbins…sobering info! I’m 55 and average 3 glasses of wine most evenings, 2-4 beers once a week. I cook/eat well, but I bet the alcohol is giving me inflammation and preventing progress with workouts & recovery.

  • I hope gasp gasp you can see gasp gasp how much gasp gasp uhhh * gasp gasp I wish gasp gasp you could have gasp gasp stood still gasp gasp while saying this *gasp gasp*. Good message though, thanks.

  • Fine, but enjoy a beer or wine with friends on the weekends without get fucked up is it too terrible? Come on, life is only one as well.

  • The first few drinks are great. But soon you get pissed and cross that line. Then it’s all downhill. Next day is ruined, you get angry at yourself, is it worth it? Been doing it all my life. I can tell you now that all my mistakes were made while I have been drinking. Simple as that.

  • Instead of you girls a d boys (who are suffering from any form of addiction) constantly talking about judgement, understanding, underestimating, support etc etc etc… Please please if you REALLY want to help others… Advice as MANY MANY people (online/offline/in person/schools kids/even kindergarten kids, etc)…. On the miseries of de-addiction �������� prevention is better than cure! Ask them to take a SOLID oath on “Just saying NO”… Educate them on the exact “”””””tactics””””” used by your drug addict friends who got you into their nasty game!!!! Tell them how to identify such friends and how to avoid them like corona virus…. how not to feel ashamed to say NO or feel guilty to loose such DARK friendships.. lastly how to develop good habits like yoga, exercise, learning music, singing, volunteering, praying, spirituality, painting, martial arts, swimming, etc ANYTHING to keep them busy and occupied with healthy/fun habits and healthy friendships ��������������

  • weed, occasional nicotine, social media, occasional alcohol (i drank for 7 days straight) but not all the time, occasionally eating sugar, porn, caffeine, Benadryl hallucinations, were my vices

    But now i feel like I don’t want to use anything, salads, working out, reading books and Exercise and getting closer to Our Lord is better �� it’s amazing how our brains can detox, & drinking water and not eating sugar or fast food/fatty food truly clears your mind and makes your body crave it less

    Reading books truly slows down your attention span

    Green vegetables feel better than caffeine, caffeine is so damaging to our brain/sleep patterns, 8 hours a night is crucial

    Sober and having energy is literally like a pure body productive high lol ��❤️

  • Mike, I was actually doing some research on brain cell reconstruction and saw this video as one of the top 5 recommended videos. Pretty cool that one of them has gotten enough attention to get noticed by youtube and put up for people curious.

  • Now I know, my Anxiety Disorder and Depression come from drinking far too much at an early age. Had the drooping eyelid at 17. Fucking poison, why can’t I just deal with my emotions. Going through the withdrawals again. Hate myself, but I will taper though. Scary woman is not knocking on my door again. Fuck her though, it’s all mindfuckery anyway.

  • Two wks sober……still trying…I did the AA thing for three months…. if it works for you, great. But it is too much of a cult for me…soon you start using AA terminology in your everyday speech etc etc….
    Others have beaten alcohol with differing avenues of therapy..
    Not knocking AA but I’ll respect your position. We are all fighting this same demon.
    I know for A FACT �� that working out with free weights and heavy bag cardio drills helps alot to flush those toxins out of your body. Studying Taoism and Buddhism also helps flush out the spiritual toxins as well.

  • I’m not an alcoholic and just wanted to say that although you said you hated doing this video I found it tremendously inspiring for my alcoholic friends I’m supporting and also for my own personal growth so THANK YOU

  • Its sad but addiction never goes away, you can stop using or drinking for many years but if you decide to pick up again you will pick up where you left off.

  • This video has opened eyes. I learn something from each of your videos! It may sound dumb but I never even associated many side effects like memory problems, reduced reasoning power, accidents and falls..I put it all down to age.

  • Very interesting. I battled these issues from high school through the first year of college. I was able to quit early on though and have had many years of total abstinence since. I do Lumosity brain training daily and have done this for several years. Additionally, I exercise daily. I have noticed substantial memory improvements and was able to attain a much higher GPA in college whilst clean and sober and have had success in the job market since graduating. The strangest thing about sobriety is that I have consistently remembered more and more events that occurred during my childhood and phase of addiction. I’m not sure how or why these thing resurface but I believe it is evidence of healing. I do believe my brain has recovered but who knows to what extent. By continuing to use it I am certain I haven’t lost it 😉

  • Hey man, I’m 3 years sober but I needed to be reminded that our brains do heal for about 7 years. You also shed some light for me as to why I was so depressed the first year of my sobriety. Thank you!:)

    (Life does get a lot more fun once you work through the apathy, anxiety, anger, and nerves enough to really enjoy it again. Jesus can help with that btw).

  • I never had considered neuroplasticity as holding any detrimental aspects. Now that I’ve watched this video, it makes so much sense!

    Hopefully the results of these findings can be implemented a therapies to improve the lives of those who struggle with addiction. The possibilities and implications of this are extremely exciting!

    Thanks for another awesome video!

    (I may be binge watching)

  • I’m at 7 months today but I got off Klonopin, Ritalin and Lexapro on top of drinking and my brain. went. for. a. trip. Playing piano and guitar and lifting/running really help. And eating natural foods. Good luck to everybody struggling I guess I’m here saying that if alcohol and boredom is all you’re struggling with consider yourself somewhat blessed because I thought I might as well be dead because i was having such a tough time connecting to the same concept of reality I was used to. I think I bent as far as I could without breaking and am finally reaching a sense of equilibrium. I didn’t get my red or blue Chips because I don’t drive but might get back to meetings. I’m basically in the same reality as I remember though so if anyone out there knows what I’m talking about with dissociative psychosis type shit… Take advantage and use it to create art and you should be okay and you’re valuable and capable of loving and being loved.

  • I had a psychotic episode 2 weeks ago then immediately after I had a mental breakthrough, and ever since then I haven’t been drinking. After 9 years of non-stop substance abuse, no part of my brain is asking me to drink alchohol, and my brain is slowly forgetting to ask me smoke cigars. I think an in depth explanation of my experiance can help people, and I appreciate your openness to share and help because this shows wisdom. Humanity could definatly use more wisdom.


  • I never had have a hangover and I can remember things yesterday and 20yrs. ago! I should quit after 20yrs. of juice’n Jeeze ya think?

  • I drink every night, cant remember things as well. I try to think of a name or a word and it just doesnt come to me. Pretty sure alcahol is the cause

  • At the end of the day a person doesn’t stop using drugs until they want to stop taking them for whatever reason. They have to have a reason and a purpose to honestly quit. Then again, some people just quit. Everyone is different in their own unique way. Find your way, it’s out there, and I know from twenty years of personal experince with prescription drugs.

  • How many times have I said the words “I am never drinking again” and then a week or a month later landed flat on my ass again? Why did I keep punishing myself? Just the thought of tasting alcohol again gives me cold chills. Never again. I watch these videos and read comments whenever I need a little boost. Just little things like that keep me on the right path.

  • I Totally Love Your Way Of Making Your Videos. Why??? You See…I’m a Very anxious And restless Person…I did messenger work for that reason and I was good at it. I got into alcohol to actually slow down part of my anxiety. Now…You Make most Your Videos while You are walking and exercising. Totally my element. I’m Sober now for 3 days with no withdrawals. Thanks To You Kevin O’Hara. And Your Style of Video delivery helps because I feel that finally Someone feels like I do and exercises to improve their life…like I did before alcohol. Not to Mention the TON of helpful information and the TON of Awesome Advice and Coaching You Do. Man!!! Thank You Always. May Holy GOD Bless You SIR. �� In All Seriousness and With All Due Respect. Sorry for long comment.

  • Anyone found any improvement with the memory loss and brain fog? I am going to reach 20 months sober and it has improved a lot. My first month felt like I had dementia/Alzheimers my memory was that bad. Now my memory is back, I can do basic life skills like going to work, eating, getting ready for the day and socializing. However learning and studying for me is a big issue because my memory is not fully there yet. I don’t feel capable of learning in college just yet. I only binge drank for a 3 month period at the age of 20 and one day my brain was literally deleted. Never felt any other symptoms like depression anxiety or anything like that. I want to know if anybody has came back to full recovery after benzo/alcohol abuse.

  • My brain is definitely healing!!! While healing I couldn’t form sentences well…I actually forgot how to say certain words except bad words which is insane�� I can safely say I can hold a conversation.. Without the bad words ��

  • 23 years old. I didn’t know that i was drinking because i was trying to forget. i thought at the time it was just because of a social thing. then it started to get into a problem. I would drink and drive around which is a horrible mistake luckily didn’t hurt anyone and call those close to me and just constantly vent for hours that is when i realized i had a problem. On top of that i would say i was dehydrated because i work hard labor and after work all i did was drink. i stopped at the store grabbed 2 26’s and drink them then go back buy another and drank till i went to sleep. went to work stressed out and irritated but was pushing to hard with work and realized that drinking effects everything. now i have stopped for a week and the first couple days i was extremely irritable and had moments where i didn’t realize what was going on around me, shaking, then memory problems started to step in. sometimes i feel like i can remember things but it’s only for a period of time. my focus isn’t the same and hard to understand what’s going on in school. I would just like to know if my memory will always be this way. I literally have brief moments where i feel like i am alive again and then somehow slip back into this zone. I don’t know if i am still getting used to being sober after a year and a half of intense drinking and binge drinking. I type this hoping some of you will read this and understand how serious it is. This man speaking seems like a good humble guy and look what he has to say. HE KNOWS. Everyone that reads this please take his advice.

  • This is a wonderfully informative article on addiction and what it does to the brain. We are The Doorway to Recovery, we represent a network of sober living homes in the Metro-Detroit area, and this would be a great piece of information for our group meetings.

  • Great talking points.. stumbled on your subscription and I’m glad I did.. I SALUTE YOU Sir.. I’m 21 months sober now and looking forward to seeing 2 years in sobriety July 7th 2019.. Keep up the good fight!!!

  • can the effects of long time alcohol abuse be reversed?
    I’ve drank beer and whiskey for the past 20yrs moderately.
    4-5 days a week.
    I feel I don’t think as clearly as I used to and it’s caused my relationship to end because of anger and depression. But id like to better myself. For me.
    Is it to late?

  • I have been trying to stop drinking but tonight i caved hence searching for videos on the subject. I seem to be able to last 2 weeks before caving in again. I get that mental fog and always think alcohol will give me that dopamine hit but i get no good feeling from it anymore. I think 20 years of it has finally numbed my dopamine receptors. I’m 37 i have a great wife and son. I hide my drinking from them. Maybe time for AA

  • saying addiction changes the brain, that’s a very broad statement, everything changes the brain,everything we experience in life, depression changes the brain, lsd and magic mushrooms change the brain, lsd and magic mushrooms change the brain on a neurological level for the better ; addiction is normally formed through the release of dopamine as the main hormone which controls impulse/impulse control or is a attribute to it.

  • Would really be nice not needing to lug through your heavy breathing. Give more respect for the message you’re delivering. Stop hiking and catch your breath!

  • I’ve given up beer, and instead once or twice a week if needed to de-stress, have a moderate amount of a good whiskey. Does’t cause any problems for me.

  • Well said if I could afford in patient treatment I would go right now but in my state there is absolutely no assistance…. (I live in Wisconsin) go figure more money for the state of I keep fucking up and catching new charges

  • Thank you so much for this. It’s so important for non alcoholics or people that aren’t familiar with the program to know it’s possible to stay sober if you’re willing to work the program. As much as I love to hate the silly little cliches, it really does work if you work it. Post acute withdrawal syndrome for those of us that were fortunate enough to avoid experiencing permanent damage can effect our brain and body for up to two years after getting sober. So many people overlook the effects (and healing process) that occurs with our brain.

    Pulled this up from

    “Although withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, they typically end after two weeks at most, especially when a medical professional oversees the detox process. However, some drugs can lead to prolonged or protracted withdrawal, lasting for months and sometimes up to a year. People who consume a large amount of an intoxicating substance for a long time are more likely to develop this condition, which is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).”

  • Ano naman po ang pagkakaiba ng utak ng taong normal sa taong baliw??
    Nabaliw hindi dahil sa druga,,halimbawa,,nabaliw sa depresyon….may pagkakaiba po ba?

  • When countries legalize drugs, addictions rates go down. We must fight addiction with education.

    In the 1980s, Switzerland experienced a public health crisis related to heroin use… Instead of criminally prosecuting these heroin users, the Swiss authorities tried “Harm Reduction,” which included free heroin maintenance clinics that were opened to addicts where they were treated, and stabilized. Addicts were given free, high quality heroin, clean needles, access to safe injection rooms, showers, beds, and medical supervision. Social workers helped them deal with issues in their lives and helped them find housing.
    The results were a success beyond imagination….Today over 70 percent of all heroin addicts in Switzerland receive treatment…


  • I can say im a very few rare few people that dont act like most drunks i watch so much episodes of cops and them type of shows the drunks always act stupidly immature and beligerant i think all the estrogen flooding ur brain makes u trippy or trippier i never drink if im not happy cuz u will get more of what or how ever u feel before u drank i learned long ago

  • Thankyou for the imformation I’m an alchohalic recently relapsed and life is a living hell aswell as dealing with crazy family I’m waiting for rehab/detox pray I can be sober and happy again �� love your hike ��

  • Had a close call last night out shopping and had some strong cravings decided to get a coffee for the ride home instead. Woke up so happy this morning that I didn’t cave and I feel good. Spending the day listening to your videos. They are helping! Thank you.

  • 1.shuffling walk
    2.lack of muscle coordination
    4.difficulty to form new memories
    7.loss of control of eye movements

  • Great video Dr Robbins. I did my share of binge drinking in my 20’s and 30’s. More of a social drinker now at 47. Lately I just feel like why, why even drink at all? I can stop at parties and go to water all the time when I start feeling tipsy so I might as well just quit all together. I can’t even drink beer anymore, makes me feel like shit with only 1 or two. Nothing good comes from drinking, nothing. It makes people do stupid shit and act like fools, I speak from experience.

  • Been sober almost a month and still feel crappy.hard to stay asleep more than 2 hours and horrendous anxiety and nightmares.trying to stick this out but it’s discouraging

  • I think about sobriety as a state of mind of its own. It is just cool to wake up and feel normal, healthy. Being healthy is good. I was drinking myself into oblivion without thinking anymore, but that’s over. I am 26 and I am taking my life back!

  • Sober almost 6 years. One of the best things I have done. Wouldn’t have my marriage, or my house right now if I was drinking, I guarantee that.

  • My younger brother is 42 and started drinking thirty something years ago. Yesterday he got diagnosed with pancreatitis. I am terrified that he will not stop drinking and I will lose him forever. Can you please make a video on alcohol and the pancreas?

  • Mate, you are full of great information but, do you really have to be always walking around puffing and panting?. it’s distracting and not sure what you are trying to prove…… that you are active???? Can’t watch you anymore. Get serious in your quest to help/inform people!!

  • I Stoped drinking when I started getting dark circles and bags around my eyes. Im a 36 yr old man..I drank alot in my life and its not worth the side effects like a big belly..hang overs..bad breath..financial loses..etc.. Replaced my time drinking with cardio and strength training. My skin looks better and I have more energy and swag. Also I just started using a skin routine for men and with more water and sleep my dark circles are gone. Alcohol is overrated and over marketed. I do vape a little thc and cbd gummies for pain/relaxation & focus.

  • I want to fight this fight. I’m back at square 1. There’s something in me that knows I don’t want to drink anymore. This vid helps me with my motivation.

  • Just watched you. Thank you. I’m 41 and drink a 15 pack of ice beer daily. It has single handedly ruined my life. I want to die. I’ll never forget my first buzz, I fell in love with alcohol instantly… but here I am, I guess that’s a tiny step in the right direction

  • I’m struggling from weekend binges on coke and drink..Nearly 50 had a gutfull close to losing my beautiful girlfriend, my job everything.. Why cant I just stop,?

  • I’m so glad I found your channel before it was too late. I’ve noticed a lot of your information relevant especially thought process deterioration. After being sober for a while I found being hungover wasn’t the excuse for being slow anymore. Most people think alcohol is relatively harmless and cause temporary problems for the average drinker, not so. You’re saving souls. The world needs more people like you. Thank you. Thank you so much for your work and humble insight

  • This was hard to watch with the camera shaking while you’re walking and the heavy breathing. So hard to concentrate on your information..

  • Facts. Great video! I’m one of those “years and years” casual drinkers. I’m 57 and my health issues are definitely alcohol related. I’m doing “Dry January” this year and there’s 3 major changes I’ve noticed (1) much better sleep, (2) more energy, (3) better digestion

  • My dad died in his 50s bc of years and years of alcohol abuse. He passed 8 months ago. He had this and cirrhosis. I miss him dearly and nobody should have to pass the way he did. It was not a nice way to go. The grace was the last 24 hrs when he slipped into a coma. Alcohol is poison.

  • Yes It is Very True…Kevin…Sir…I live in a neighborhood where there are many drunkards wandering the streets and Hoovering near Liquor stores. Many Ex Drinking “Buddies”. I feel very bad for them…Some of my neighbors succumbed to alcoholism…they died(May They Rest In Good GOD’S Presence) Including my Uncle(May He Rest In Good GOD’S Presence Also) I got addicted despite knowing… partly also because of the environment and culture I come from. Sort of a…”If my neighbors family and friends died…it’s my “duty” to honor them by becoming like them”…Pure Bullshit!!! We need to Avoid the mistakes of these people at all costs!!! Even if We loved them. That is not love. Also I witnessed many in my neighborhood walking with that alcoholic wet brain syndrome!!! Legs spread kind of far apart wide with a slow gait…also they behaved “””permanently””” drunk!!! That is a living nightmare!!! Knowing you can come out of being drunk would be at least partly reassuring…but if that drunken shit was to be permanently…that shit is not cool…I will tell you my neighborhood…You Deserve to know…I Live In Harlem. A crime and drug infested place. Where many people live in that poverty and ghetto mindset…given to alcoholism because they already feel hopeless. I’m Tired of feeling hopeless…I believe in Blessed Jesus…I want hope. And you are a Godsend of a Helping Hand. You…A Man who Speaks from Experience! I Have the beginning symptoms of wet brain. Like false memories. B-Complex supplementation fought it off somewhat. But as you know alcoholics eventually will become sloppy and succumb to wet brain or other alcohol related crap. I Don’t Want Any of It…I want to be Free and to Heal. So much to say…Sorry For Long Comment.

  • Kombucha, jun or raw apple cider vinegar helps get over addiction.. The friendly bacteria in it (sourdough bread too) helps your psychological equilibrium somehow.

    I still drink most days but if I take a break I don’t feel half the melancholy or cringing I used to feel.

  • I did a google search on wet brain and was done in 5 mins. Watching this drawn out video of a man panting with low volume and over 15 mins is torture. just fucking google search and read, save your time.

  • I have heard of the PAWS disorder, that is distinct from the three day or so withdrawal, PAWS disorder can last months to years i have heard, and i’ve only heard it being associated w/ opiates.. but i have heard it is a seeminbgly lack of being able to derive pleasure or stimulation w/out the drug

  • Hmm… what about people like me… you break your back… then dr.s treat you for 20 with heavy opiates… then your medical insurance drops off for a month, your in a shit ton of pain… yet the opiates do not always work the best… so you take more than is prescribed…. yet they lower your dose one month just to count your pills and when there off by a couple you get tossed onto a suboxone program and then your looked at as an addict…

    So lesson to all you guys that like to snowboard and ride mx bikes…. be careful.. cause if you break your back you’ll never get it back… you’ll be in a little to a lot of pain… and if your not exactly on your count your thrown into the same boat the addicts are in.. when your in pain.. you will break their pain contracts sooner or later… and they will treat you like an addict. I wish Noone would get hooked on hard opiates… It makes us people on them instant addicts and criminals.

    But what some don’t realize is people do not like pain.. we are pre programed to move away from it.. take this pill and it will all go away.. well.. there’s a crisis cause the government wants one and the only people that will stand up for opiates are drs. And pain patients… if your a street addict… thank our government… cause you cannot manufacture fenthnol and you can’t grow poppies except in the Ozarks… the government dictates how drugs get here and what drugs get in.. and they listen… supply and demand.. but no one anticipated this…

  • Not all drugs require more and more of the drug iv bin mirocdosing the Sam amount of LSD and magic mushrooms for a year without hafting to up the dosed I thank it depends on the person and the drug

  • my neighbour has this and i think im the only one who has noticed, my father died at 53 from alcohol, thank you for this, the wide legs and eye twitches really make sense now

  • I have a question: did you ever experience hallucinations while in withdrawal? Like DT or hallucinosis? I’m only 25 and been drinking heavily since 17, recently I had hallucinations but I was aware and consciouss, so it wasn’t a DT. I will tell you it was the creepiest and most skincrawling thing I ever experienced. This scared the shit out of me, yet still the pull was too strong to get off it. Going through withdrawal again.. People even when you’re depressed, don’t think this will ever fix it, very short term “fix” and then you suffer. Stay strong everybody.

  • People think of your children if you have any. Think of your family and friends you leave behind unnecessarily, when you can choose to get help and leave good memories, not bad memories for what time is left for your family. GO GET HELP!

  • That’s true… Once an addict always an addict…find narcotics anonymous meeting in your area and go there, give yourself a chance to recover if anybody suffering from drug addiction… yes there is a solution in narcotics anonymous for drug addiction. It’s a twelve step spiritual program.. it’s free for all addicts
    Do click below link if you are seeking help from drug addiction

  • Thanks for thisreally interesting. Do you have the reference for the study that saw improvements in recovered addict’s brain function? I’d love to read more about it!

  • Here’s what you do. You go to a bar at 12. Order one drink. Everyone thinks you’re drunk. Sip it and chill. Dont order another one. Then leave. But enjoy it. ☺

  • My mom cannot form new memories, due to alcohol. My grandmother just died. This is the worst time in my life. I have no idea what to do.

  • I was so tired of being drunk, and one of the things I wanted to ask about was “lack of balance/backwards drunk walk” I’ve been so out of it, I woke up in the flower bed outside my apartment because I had done the backwards drunk walk/fall into the flowerbed… It was HORRIBLE. I not only destroyed the property of the apartment manager and caretakers, but ended up with some nasty scars on my butt cheek because I had fallen over the plastic fence they had put up around the flower bed. My friend thought it was funny, but looking back, after watching your videos, I was close to dead at that point… This was all caused by a bad reaction to an antidepressant and could have easily been prevented if things were in place such as support and love as opposed to taking a stupid pill that messed me up so bad that it blocked my ability to even digest alcohol in “normal” amounts. This antidepressant made it seem like I needed a LITER more to get drunk as opposed to not having any alcohol issues before the antidepressant was given to me. Now it’s on my permanent record and I have to report my use/non-use to every nurse, medication prescriber and therapist. I do think it’s unfair that pharmaceutical industry can get away with this, I had 5 other friends lose up to 10 years of sobriety from meth, heroin, and alcohol because of this “antidepressant”. Once I told my prescriber I REFUSED to take any more of that antidepressant, she put in my medical chart that I was “medication non-compliant” which also follows me to this day. I haven’t had issues before, or after this medication. I love to hear how the brain works, have been doing research on my own mind/brain/body to see what exactly it was that led me to become an alcoholic fish! My take on it is, medications and alcohol sometimes mix WAY TOO WELL, and can even make you more prone to drinking/drug use than normal. Am I on a bad path? I don’t know. I now hate alcohol.

  • Yes… Less than 2% of people EVER recover from WETBRAIN (Warnekies/Kosskoff Syndrome)
    My Closest Soulmate ever DID..

    She Now Is Fully recovered THANKS to A LOT of Current Knowledge and her being soo young when it happened 27 at the time.
    Reduced to a 6year old in many ways.. TERRIFYING to see.
    One Hour at a time for YEARS to recover.
    This IS A REAL TRAGEDY.Many are institutionalized and need a caretaker for LIFE once it happens.

    It was ALL on One Morning and BOOM!!

    THANK GOD she is SOBER as a Judge Now 7 years.
    One Day at a Time..

    Thank You for your posts.


  • How to solve American drug addiction: clean up politics and solve poverty. As a society there’s no other way.

    For individuals, I highly recommend looking at some of the fantastic spiritual teachers on youtube who understand the science but also understand people and desire to help you grow, like I’ll mention Teal Swan and Infinite Waters.
    Every person is good intentioned, and every person deserves respect. Peace!

  • How come I don’t know anybody who’s ever gotten wet brain? And I live in town of Alcoholics in a cold part of central New York. I do know of a 70 year old man who had his liver shut down from drinking a liter of Black Velvet a day for 35 years straight but it’s actually very intelligent he simply switched to beer when he got out of the hospital. I’m not condoning drinking but wet brain seems to be non-existent if not very rare condition probably due to extremely excessive drinking in certain individuals that could probably form in short periods of time as a form of brain damage

  • I never understand how somebody starts drinking and keep drinking because the liquid is so nasty, it’s not tasty, not delicious. How possibly somebody can be addicted even after having all the freaking symptoms. even food, if some food makes me sick, I never eat the food again that made me so sick.

  • Good video, thank you. I’m a binge drinker. Not a daily drinker, but at least once a week. I don’t have a big problem with beer but I still drink too much. Hard alcohol has been my issue. I have a horrible life in my 20’s and drank 100 proof schnapps all the time. My side sometimes hurts for a couple of days after drinking heavy. But after I stop, that pain goes away, and I feel really good. I usually eat really healthy and I get a ton of physical exercise. I know exactly how that brain fog occurs, that’s when the cravings hit. I told myself this would be the year to stop, yet on this past Saturday I drank so much I blacked out, got sick, and spent yesterday in bed hungover and miserable. I can’t stand that feeling anymore, so why do I keep doing it? Today is the day!!!! No more!!! Thank you for your video, glad you had the strength to quit. Best of luck and keep going!

  • Glad I came across this video. I’m a few days shy of 90 days and I feel I lost my focus for a while. Between learning a new job and other personal life things I put my recovery on the back burner and haven’t been taking care of myself as I should be. For the last couple days the thought of drinking was on my mind and today was a close call, I was out shopping today and even walked through the alcohol aisle. Luckily I came to my sences and walked away. Came back home brewed some tea and been reading and watching recovery material.Thanks for posting this video while you were at a early part of your own journey. Really gives me hope for my own!

  • I’m 45 years clean and sober. When I cared for individual Alzheimer’s patients, I realized that the families put them into foster care or larger facilitiesSAD: so many of them were abruptly cut off from alcoholic intake that their families didn’t know about! No wonder Alzheimer’s patients were raging angry. I put some on a macrobiotic plant based diet, played lots of music and drove them around in my car with the dog. Got em off the Lorazepam, you bet. Blessings, stay busy and don’t isolate.

  • This may have been helpful had you explained it to people who did not participate in the research that you did. In other words: I have no idea what you said. So no like but I did comment so thanks for the clickbait.

  • Im 22 and started drinking after losing half my body weight and I developed anorexia. I started drinking to fill the void that I used to full with food. Now… I drink a bottle of vodka a day. It’s so tough coz I have mental health issues. And I don’t know how to stop. Ive had blackouts, lost money, lost everything.

  • I disagree! I’ve been in recovery for 14 years now and I still have issues from it and have taken multiple cbt classes and worked with a therapist. I don’t believe that the brain is able to be the same as it was before and I don’t see any evidence that the addiction ever fully goes away.

  • Thank you for your video, it is very helpful, I decided today that I am no longer drinking, it’s such waste to your body and mind

  • I think it’s about your relationship with alcohol. It shouldn’t be viewed as an escape or crutch. I enjoy getting drunk because I’m with my friends, not so I can enjoy my friends. I deal with my girlfriend however, getting blacked out every time she’s out and it puts a strain on our relationship. So my attitude with alcohol is very strict ” right time and place” kind of deal.

  • Im not quite into drinking but what if I produce my own organic red wine without pesticides? I drink it every now and then.
    I was drinking in high school but since im into running for 2 years I just distance myself from bad habbits!
    Anyway good content i loved it:)

  • I’m on month 8 and I still have some symptoms. The worst is brain fog that was unrelenting until just recently. I found that unrefined coconut oil helps a lot. But just be aware cocanut oil can cause anxiety. Another thing that helped brain fog was sleeping at least 10hrs and cut out carbs. The process is slow and at times I thought I did permanent damage to my brain, but it will get better! I wish everyone the best of luck and know good days are coming. It’s like being a baby. You have to relearn how to live after quitting. Try new things or rediscover old things you use to love. God bless

  • Cool Video Bro thanks
    Im 26 years old and I drink 2-3 times a week and get hammered I just wanna stop I can’t do it anymore the hangovers get so bad and I feel sick
    I stopped 2 days ago…
    And i got friends that drink everyday should I stay away or still kick it with them
    I feel like I will get weak so I distance myself

  • Alcohol is just pure poison.
    I’m one week into sobriety.
    Though I’ve been sober for months at a time after pancreatic episodes.
    I’m dry fasting these next two days to let my body heal.
    I’m tired of feeling horrible every damn day of my life.
    It’s not hard for me not to drink, it’s getting back to feeling normal that’s tough.
    I drank to feel normal. That’s the sad part.
    I’m hoping this dry fasting will let my body heal like it did when I was in the hospital.
    My mind is just so dizzy. I need to get back to clarity.
    Keep me in your prayers,

  • Wet brain is a form of brain damage that results from repeat and heavy exposure to alcohol. Also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, wet brain stems from a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Thiamine is an essential vitamin in the body that doesn’t occur naturally.

  • I’ve never considered myself a heavy drinker. Never drank myself to the point of blacking out. But recently I’ve discovered that it’s the only drug I enjoy getting a buzz off from when taking small dosage. Taking off the edge. Being able to say what I want to say (even saying the RIGHT things) instead of bottling things in my mind and doubting myself. What I mean to say is, is it possible to get brain damage when taking small doses throughout the day? Say 8 hours, 4 sutter home bottles from the pocket? Being buzzed off alcohol, I believe, has done a lot of positives in my work and in my social life. By allowing myself to be more confident.

    I know people would prefer that I don’t drink at all, but can I get an honest answer?

  • Can you PLEASE make a video on the positive effects fasting has on addiction?

    Its my hypothesis but because the brain releases MUCH higher amounts of BDNF and HGH along with stem cells, prolonged fasting and it’s crazy new emerging science could be our best cure… What do you think?

  • Trust me this is a hundred percent curable! It’s caused by an imbalance of gut biome. All you do is cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine and have 3-4 teaspoons of coconut oil with garlic everyday along with raw milk. Also start off with a carnivore diet till you feel normal. Believe in Jesus he heals!

  • Once you’ve seen the other side it’s tough to live back to normal….there are positive changes too because of drugs but negatives are a lot lot more

  • Alcohol also increases chance of illnesses such as the cold and flu and other infections by weakening the immune system and damaging the gut. Also by dehydrating the throat where many colds are inhaled in this makes it more likely to absorb the infection and get ill.

  • My husband has been an alcoholic starting since the ahe of 15. He’s 42 now and more worse than ever. Hes maybe only been sober twice in his life that I recall. But now he’s back at it and worse than ever. I’m afraid for him and more for myself. I have no one to go to if he did someday happen to get very very very ill. Please pray for me. My name is Angie and my husbands name is sonny.

  • Sober since 15 Dec 2018…. we’ll see. AA sucked for me back in time, nothing for or against religion but didn’t work for me. Should be a AA with something else than an imaginary friend around.
     Thanks for the video

  • Between you cutting out the pauses between sentences and the subtitles you cant turn off I literally couldnt even take in the information you were conveying.

  • Wait, when I started drinking I had hangovers more often. But now hangovers are less often. From what I know, I could have gotten more tolerant. But I’m not sure, maybe I’m missing some details.

  • Good video, I had a feeling the pure form e.g. Vodka would be better then beer and wine. Just need to be careful you dont drink to much, as its easier to over do it because of how concentrated it is in comparison to beer.

  • every fucking one of your videos you go on a fucking philosophical rant like you’re some kind of fucking alcohol guru. will you get to the fucking point and shut up about your personal shit PLEASE?!?!?!?!?!!

  • my ex-wife was an alcoholic she would drink every single day, when she stopped drinking it was a sign she was pregnant before she even knew she was pregnant she developed a distaste for alcohol Karma that shows hormonal relationship. Alcohol and marijuana are phytoestrogens. Women don’t metabolize alcohol as well as men on the ratio of 4 to 1.

  • If “once an addict always an addict” is the way that you think and believe you are setting your self up with a self fulfilling prophesy.   

  • I’m nearly 2 months sober and feeling fantastic now. Back to the gym to and eating healthy. The governments have a lot to answer to the scum telling lies about alcohol for greed.
    My ultrasound scans for liver and pancreas enzymes are March the 1st and hope I get good news as both counts were high 2 months ago

  • I gave up alcohol.

    I drink water and black coffee in the AM. I do HIIT and Fast all day till dinner time. I eat plant based every other evening.

    I’m 45 and look like a 25 year old stud! My erections prove it.