Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor (ET) is a neurological disorder characterized by shaking of hands (and sometimes other parts of the body including the head), evoked by intentional movements. The incidence is unknown, but is estimated to be as common as one person in 20, and it is the most common type of tremor and also the most commonly observed movement disorder.

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Alcohol & Essential Tremor

There are many that drink alcohol to calm their tremors and they say in medicine that, those whom do not react to all other medications yet some alcohol with severe tremor may be the ones for DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation - Surgery). Yet many drink small amounts to calm themselves, I was wondering if anyone does do this on a regular basis?
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Drinking alcohol calms the tremor initially but you have to be careful because when the alcohol begins to break down it releases chemicals, at that point it makes my tremor worse. And if I drink too much, i can't do anything the next morning.
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I think one beer should do the trick. If I am too anxious and my tremors acts exceptionally bad then one beer normally calms me down. But I don't do it on a regular basis. I've never relied on alcohol to calm my tremors but rather to calm my nerves and in calming my nerves- my tremors isn't quite as bad.
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I'm an alcoholic so, I don't drink. 1 drink wouldn't be enough.
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You don't indicate how bad your tremors are but mine are mild for now, and I drink a little wine(about an ounce) when I am home at lunch time if I have had a very upsetting morning at work. I always use some type of strong gum to mask the scent when I go back to work. This small amount helps me to not have the head shakes. I work on a computer most of the day and the tremors can affect what I am seeing on the monitor. I don't do this but maybe every 3 months because my father was an alcoholic and I have read that it is hereditary. I am not a doctor but it seems to me that doing this on a regular basis would lead to wanting to drink too much eventually.
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Alcohol is not only dangerous physically but also mentally.
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Taylor

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I agree with amusemas... its my nerves / anxiety that needs calming. and a glass of wine will suffice. Just enough to relax me. Worse case scenario would be turning up to a networking evening, confronted by people I have never met before, wanting to know all about me. I would definitely have to have a drink before I set out because I certainly wouldnt be able to accept a drink when I got there. I would be throwing it all over everyone... either that or the glass wouldn't make it to my lips without tipping it all over myself!
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There is actually a clinical study that is recruiting right now that will test octanal - the alcohol found in the skin of oranges - to see if it helps to dull arm/hand tremors.

I have noticed that a glass of wine will help to calm my tremor, but a beer won't. I usually only have about 1 drink a month, so it might even be coincidence.
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catt33, it's interesting that wine helps you but beer does not. I've tried beer, which I dislike & would rather try something else. Wine, but what kind?
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JaneDoll,

Thanks for the response. Just a simple glass of red wine. I really don't drink white too much so I'm not sure if that makes a difference. All I know is that I'm not going to start drinking wine every day.
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Please tell me more about the Orange Skin that was mentioned here, am aware of Octanal but not this- " There is actually a clinical study that is recruiting right now that will test octanal - the alcohol found in the skin of oranges - to see if it helps to dull arm/hand tremors.

I have noticed that a glass of wine will help to calm my tremor, but a beer won't. I usually only have about 1 drink a month, so it might even be coincidence. "