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Can acupuncture help me to stop drinking alcohol?

A great deal depends on the amount of alcohol you are drinking. There have been many studies over the years which have tried to establish whether acupuncture can be used to deal with acupuncture addiction and dependence, and few have shown that acupuncture in any of its forms has had any material advantage when used alongside the other methods which people employ to deal with their problem. That said, there are a great number of practitioners who use auricular acupuncture to help with substance abuse, and there are three organisations, NADA, EAR and SMART-UK, which have large registers of members who provide the protocol treatment which is offered alongside other services to help people try to deal with their addictions.
If the problem is of a less severe nature, as in social drinking which is starting to go out of control or an increasing use of alcohol to deal with negative emotions, there may be some benefit to have acupuncture treatment to help with the underlying causes. Chinese medicine sees the body, mind and spirit as interdependent and inter-related to the extent that treatment has a wide ranging effect on both physical and mental functions. It may be worth your while seeking the advice of a BAcC member local to you for them to assess whether they feel that they can help, if the drinking is a symptom of a cause which they believe acupuncture treatment can address. If the decision is that your problem is beyond their scope of competence, we are sure that they will be able to direct you to colleagues locally using the protocol-based treatments and throught them to the wider range of support services which are available to help with your problem.

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