Here is how TSM Can Slow Down Gray Drinking.
Do you feel like your alcohol intake is getting just a little out of control? You know that you are not a full-blown alcoholic in any sense. There have been no DUIs or DWIs. Work and home life are all going along fine. Yet, once you get started on the weekends, it always goes a bit too far.
Why do you drink?
Some people have a drink now and then with dinner. They like the taste of a certain kind of wine with certain foods. Half a glass is good. Every so often, they browse through the wine section at the grocery store or Costco. The same bottle remains mostly full for months.
On the other hand, some people drink to feel more comfortable at a party. Holding a drink in hand while socializing gives them the feeling of fitting in. And then, there are the people who drink to get buzzed. They go back to the bar repeatedly throughout the evening. Maybe they drink Rum and Cokes, Moscow Mules, Margaritas, Dry Martinis, Manhattans, or Daiquiris. It doesn’t matter how trendy the drink; it is something with a kick, and the glass keeps getting “refilled.”
Are you a gray drinker?
If you are that last person that I described, you may be a gray area drinker. You may have even questioned if you are an alcoholic. Yet, when you read up on alcoholism and take the various quizzes to test yourself, you don’t quite fit the description. Maybe you even sat through part of an AA meeting, and those people seemed like they were way out of hand before they got sober. While you may not be an alcoholic, you realize that you are getting sick of the pattern of waking up with a splitting headache from a hangover one more time after a late Friday night of going out. When is it ever going to stop?
How can The Sinclair Method help you?
You may have never heard of The Sinclair Method or TSM. It seems to be one of the best-kept secrets in the medical community. If you look it up online, you will likely find a video of a famous actress talking about it. Is it real? Are they trying to sell you something? Do they want you to join a cult? No, there is no group to join or boxed set of CDs to buy.
The actress in the video is Claudia Christian, top film and television star. She experienced gray area drinking for a long time before it gradually advanced to a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder. While in rehab, she discovered The Sinclair Method. The rehab didn’t tell her about it. She looked it up on her own by searching for the drug, naltrexone, the ingredient in the Vivitrol monthly addiction treatment injection. It turned out that naltrexone also came in pill form. Years of research around the world had demonstrated that naltrexone could curb alcohol use. This process became known as The Sinclair Method, named after Dr. David Sinclair, the head researcher in Finland who studied naltrexone and alcohol use for decades.
How does TSM work?
It is simple. Your doctor prescribes naltrexone in the form of tablets, most often 50mg tablets. You then take one dose of naltrexone an hour before you have your first drink. Then, you limit yourself to one drink for the night, two at the most. The effects of naltrexone will help you to have less of an urge to keep going. Naltrexone is an opioid receptor blocker. By blocking opioid receptors, it prevents endorphins from latching on to those receptors. It dampens the brain’s reward system.
Over time, your brain will unlearn the habit of turning to alcohol to feel good over and over again. This process is known as pharmacological extinction. It is very similar to the effects described by the Russian scientist and Nobel prize winner, Ivan Pavlov.
Your gray area drinking does not have to slow your life down.
If you are reading this, you have had enough of the wasted days and sick feeling of having too much to drink. It is possible to stop the gray area drinking without medical treatment. You could cut out alcohol altogether. Avoiding parties, clubs, and bars would help as well. Yet, you may be interested in alternatives that do not mean making significant changes to your lifestyle.
Talk to your doctor about TSM.
It is not a bad idea to talk to your doctor about TSM. Just having an appointment with your doctor does not mean that you are even committing to following the program. You can ask questions and learn more about how it works and what alternatives might be available. Getting some necessary blood work to check out your liver function is not a bad idea as well. If you don’t like sitting in a cold and uncomfortable doctor’s office, see if you can get a telemedicine or telehealth visit with a concierge doctor. That way, you can talk to the doctor in the comfort of your own home or even parked car. When it comes to your gray area drinking, imagine if you could have just one of those drinks and make it last all night? What if you could taste the flavor without feeling that you need to get to the bottom of the glass? Imagine having a fun night out with family or friends and being refreshed the next morning.