Sober reality shows, sober social media influencers, and a slew of holistic treatment options—mindfulness, acupuncture, yoga, and more—all part of the new alcohol-free living trend that play looser with the idea of a “drinking problem.” Here’s how today’s drinking culture is being redefined.

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#6. Yes, Meds Can Help—And They’re Underused

For Humphreys, one of the biggest helps for people who are addicted to alcohol is medication. There are medications that can help people who blackout regularly (a symptom of potential AUD and addiction) and people who wake up with shakes and sweats that can only be stopped by drinking more alcohol.

“These medications are largely underused,” he says of Naltrexone and Acamprosate that can be prescribed by a primary care physician or a specialist. Naltrexone makes alcohol less appealing and helps people become moderate drinkers versus abstainers.

“In other words, it can help a drinker stop after two drinks instead of eight while Acamprosate helps decrease cravings among people in the early stages of cutting back on the drinking. These aren’t magic bullets, but they can help some people.”

Updated: Apr 20, 2021
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