Reducing Alcohol Ameliorates Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) and Graves’ Disease (hyper-thyroid)

My body, alcohol-free*, feels clean and light and tall. It sleeps better and exhibits less anxiety. It suffers fewer bouts of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and its symptoms of Graves’ Disease (hyper-thyroid)—agitation and buggy eye—abate.

So why do I drink?

At the beginning of the year (January through mid-March) I had, perhaps three drinks—that’s one drink every three weeks, usually a glass of wine out with my women friends.

Too much alcohol!

Then spring began and I started gardening and then I wanted beer at the end of my workday. So I started buying myself my favorite, Acme IPA (India Pale Ale), at Trader Joe’s. Acme IPA tastes like grapefruit juice made from the whole fruit, including the rind, no sugar added. It’s tangy. I like it poured into a frozen glass. Refreshing!

So I’ve been drinking one or two beers a day for the last eight weeks.

I had not had a martini since forever!

This week was an exception, with nothing on Saturday, two martinis on Sunday (a day long party, I refused the champaign at brunch and the wine at dinner, knowing that would be way to much. Starting that second martini I wasn’t sure I’d get through it, but I did!), one beer Monday, two Tuesday, one Wednesday, and one Thursday.)

This doesn’t seem like too much drinking, but it is. I feel poisoned, but it’s such a subtle feeling that I wouldn’t notice except that I can compare the way I feel now to the way I felt earlier in the year when I wasn’t drinking.

(I’ve been drinking and not drinking like this for some time, so it’s hard to answer that question How much do you drink?)

So why do I drink?

Beer is as good as chocolate ice cream. It’s food, after all!

One reason is that I like the taste–I like chocolate ice cream, too. Either one enough to consume it when I don’t actually want it. I want to want it because it tastes good, but at any given time I may not want it because I’m too full or too cold or too something.

(When I’m at the store, I’m better at resisting buying ice cream than I am at resisting buying beer. I wouldn’t say I like beer better. I think I’m more indoctrinated against ice cream because I’ve suffered years of thinking I’m too fat.)

A drink is a signal to relax.

Sometimes I’ve had an exciting day and I’m pumped. I drink to bring myself down. It doesn’t really work, unfortunately.

It’s also a signal to relax–you’ve finished working now take a break. (I feel the same way about coffee mid-morning and mid-afternoon.) A cup of tea will do the same.

Occasionally, I get uptight (that old 60s word) and my throat constricts. I may be like this for days. A glass of wine actually helps.

Drinking says I’m tough!

In a younger year, I drank (always beer) because I was trying to be tough–I can handle it! I was posing.

Alcohol contributes to metabolic imbalance, which is hyper-thyroid and can cause ringing in the ears.

I really think that alcohol contributes to tinnitus and Graves’ Disease. It affects the hormones that control your metabolism—these are, if you will, core hormones and you need them functioning at their best.

Wednesday morning, after drinking the two beers Tuesday night, I had tinnitus. (I rarely have tinnitus in the morning.)

My Graves’ Disease symptoms were much ameliorated at the beginning of the year. I wrote about my lack of vitamin D catching up with me in March, but that was also when spring came and I started drinking.

* To get your tinnitus under control, The WebMD recommends reducing or eliminating alcohol and caffeine. This, as you can see, tallies with my experience.

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