Giving up alcohol and ulcers

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Over the last three months Iíve felt like Iíve been drinking too much...Iíve always enjoyed a drink but towards the end of last year the annual round of Christmas parties just seemed to carry on for me, found I was drinking a bottle of wine every night and that was just when I stopped in (canít begin to describe the copious amounts of beer Iíd get through on a night out.) So a week ago I decided to stop drinking altogether, there and then...no problems at first apart from a few weird dreams at night-time THEN about four days ago the onset of one, then another, quickly followed by a third crater-like (or so they feel like) mouth ulcer on the inside of my cheeks and lower lip...the pain has just been shocking. Now in the past Iíve experienced a similar reaction on several occasions when Iíve tried to kick smoking cigarettes, but usually with ulcers on the tongue (fortunately the last time I packed in - in Dec last year and still off íem - this didnít happen) - many similar experiences are recounted on this website by other ex-smokers. But has anyone else who might have classed themselves as a medium-to-heavy drinker experienced a similar reaction when theyíve given up alcohol completely but suddenly, and if so how long did it last? Iím desperate to know, because the way my mouth feels at the moment itís enough to drive you back to drink!! Seriously though, could the onset of ulcers after suddenly giving up either nicotine or alcohol be a physical symptom of withdrawal i.e. the sudden lack of these chemicals within the body causes this reaction, or alternatively could suddenly stopping smoking or drinking cause a traumatic effect on the brain and hence the immune system which then significantly lowers oneís resistance to whatever causes the wretched things? Any information would be appreciated.....
Keith 9 March 04
Iíd say go to your dentist and ask for a good session of teeth cleaning with an ultrasonic cleaner, if he has it, then follow-up with careful brushing after every meal and especially before going to bed, and get some Gengigel mouthwash and Gel and use both. Maybe that will help. (I wonít include my usual recommendation to cut-out gluten because I suppose everyone isnít gluten-intolerant.) My sympathies!
TomF 9 March 04
Another thing that may help is to take Vitamin B12. Iím taking Holland & Barrettís ĒComplete B/Vitamin B ComplexĒ tablets, and think the Vitamin B12 in it is helping me ward-off sores.
TomF 9 March 04
Hello, I have had mouth ulcers since I stopped drinking 2 weeks ago. I am now taking vitamin B supplements to see if this will help. I have been putting salt on them which normally gets rid of them in 2 - 3 days. As soon as one goes away, I seem to get another in a different place. The salt does hurt quite a bit but it works. Its an antiseptic. If you find it too painful, you could try rinsing your mouth with salt water after every meal and before you go to bed. Good luck, am sure it has something to do with stopping drink because I don't normally get mouth ulcers very often when I drink.
Carlito 25 January 15
Last couple of times I've had a break from alcohol I've had mouth ulcers after about 5 days. It must be some chemical adjustment methinks.
Caitlin 3 April 16
My daughter drink a lot, like three or four drinks a night and she has a lesion on her tongue tip that has not healed for ten days....any thoughts?
Delius 7 January 17
I'm some what of an alcoholic, I quit drinking a month ago. After the first week I got an ulcer on the roof of mouth, then on the gum, they cleared but now I have one on my uvula (the dangly thing at the back of your throat) I've been to the doc and they can't help, he gave me steroid cream but I can't apply it that far back. Its in case anymore pop up. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
I've never had ulcers before so I'm quite cetrain quitting drinking has bought it on.
James 17 April 17
I drink quite a lot normally and I stopped drinking about 2 months ago and I am getting loads of mouth ulcers... this seems to happen every time I stop drinking... has anyone found out what it could be and how I can stop them...? Itís nice to know I am not alone but I would also like to know why this is happening! I canít cope with all these ulcers and I donít want to drink alcohol anymore....!!!
Mini 3 October 18
I agree that there is a correlation. I have been a heavy drinker for 25 years. I would easily drink half a bottle of wine per night, and have literally only had one or two nights off per year in the last 2 decades. In recent years (say the last 2 years) my consumption has risen to probably just over a bottle per evening. I was perfectly fit and healthy, no adverse signs, and no headaches etc.

I realised that I was a couple of kilos over weight (i.e. 78 kg instead of my normal 75.5kg, and therefore I decided to try for the first time a dry January. Partly it was just to slim down, and partly to make sure that I could actually manage
Laurel 15 January 20
Iíd guess its body detox - Toxins stored in the body all parts will release - Readon one feels tired and rundown- I always feel worse for a while after stopping.
andy 1 March 20

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Giving up alcohol and ulcers

10 messages in this subject.