Kishore Naib
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Antabuse for alcohol addiction

My unorthodox method of using antabuse (Disulfiram) to prevent alcohol consumption.



Why I am writing this


I like to say what has worked for me over the years. Personally I believe alcohol (ethanol) to be the most addictive and dangerous recreational narcotic drug (not to mention physique destroying) of them all. It is only legal due to historical legislation; the USA's failure in trying to ban it with national prohibition; and the difficulty in removing such a widely used billion dollar drug market from existence.

I started being a social drinker who would easily shun alcohol Monday to Friday, but as I got older, with my binary black & white personality - I found myself either on the booze, or I'm off.

Does that mean I am an alcoholic? Perhaps, by some diagnosis. But, I don't drink. Because I took antabuse.

I don't use antabuse so much anymore - I only take a tablet before things such as holiday when I am highly likely to be tempted to drink.

Sporadic / occassional usage


I started taking antbause by taking 1/4 tab (50mg) on a Monday. This would prevent me from drinking Monday to Friday. If I tried to drink on Friday night, I would have symptoms, but I was able to drink again on Saturday.

The half life of antabuse would suggest this method needs a drug holiday from time to time, but I successfully used it for months across years whilst working to prevent myself from drinking during the week.

It is important to note that the half life has significant variance in humans and that attempting the above could be dangerous if your body does not process it quickly enough. Drinking whilst antabause is still in the blood is outright dangerous.

This may sound like lunacy, but as a man in his late 20s trying to grow a company whilst lifting at the same time, it simply worked. I have never been fat in my life, and I credit most of this to the drug antabuse.

I recall revealing the account of my usage to one psychiatrist who said something along the lines of "that's pretty stupid... kinda clever though."

Antabuse implant

Whilst unavailable in the UK, antabuse implants are available in pellet form which prevent you drinking for a year. I have considered this at times, but I have never found myself so engulfed by alcohol for the sporadic usage method not to be effective.