by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© June 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease health condition.



This article discusses two types of dry drunk syndrome, an important concept for physical and mental health.




Definition.  The term ‘dry drunk’ in the psychological profession refers to a person who has stopped drinking alcohol.  However, he or she still has emotional or mental issues that were part of the alcoholism and often behaves somewhat like when they were drinking.




A blog from Psychology Today Magazine identifies six signs of patients with dry drunk syndrome:

Š              They are resentful of the person who has been the most instrumental in getting them to stop drinking.

Š              They are frustrated by the fact that they cannot drink ever again for fear of triggering a relapse.

Š              They become disconsolate at the realization that their drinking has robbed them of their potential.

Š              They are fearful of failure, knowing that they can never fall back on alcohol to nurse their wounds or boost their confidence.

Š              They become jealous of how other people can deal with issues without alcohol, or how others can enjoy alcohol without fear of being addicted.

Š              They feel burdened by having to take responsibility for the damage caused by their drinking.




            Physicians and counselors recommend psychological counseling for these people to help them resolve their psychological issues.  This may or may not be sufficient to resolve the condition.

We view this dry drunk syndrome slightly differently.  We know that alcoholism can just be symptom of a body out of balance.  Stopping the alcohol is helpful, and counseling can be helpful.  However, they do not correct the person’s underlying biochemical and nutritional problems.

For this reason, some people continue to suffer with dry drunk syndrome for years.  For details about the imbalances, see the section below and read Alcoholism.




Definition.  In development science, we identify another type of dry drunk syndrome.  It is a person who does not drink alcohol, and may never have drank or abused alcohol. 

However, their body has too much yeast in the intestines and elsewhere.  This is due to a copper imbalance and perhaps other mineral imbalances. 

Copper, in the proper valence and compound, is one of the body’s natural yeast killers.  When copper is out of balance, however, the body cannot kill of yeasts such as candida albicans and it can build up throughout the body.

When such a person eats sweets, some of the sugar ferments due to the presence of the yeast.  The same can occur if one eats complex carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes or rice.  These foods break down to sugar inside the body.

The fermentation of sugars causes the formation of alcohol inside the body.  As a result, the person walks around slightly inebriated for much or all of the day.




Mild alcohol intoxication.  The symptoms are those of mild alcohol intoxication.  Common symptoms are brain fog, memory or cognitive impairment, fatigue, weakness, and possibly depression, anxiety, and/or shakiness.

Addiction.  Often, the person is somewhat addicted to carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, or rice.  One may also be addicted to sweets such as candy, cookies, ice cream, chocolate, soda pop or other sugary foods.

The addiction can be of varying degrees.  However, in all cases, if one stops eating the addictive foods, one usually feels irritable, perhaps angry, and out of sorts as the body suddenly stops producing alcohol.

Weight gain.  Another common symptom is weight gain and often obesity.  This, in turn, can lead to joint problems, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and other physical health problems.

Lying.  Mentally, such an individual will often behave similar to an addict with behaviors such as lying about their diet, lying about their weight, and more.

A yeasty appearance and possibly a yeasty body odor.  These people often look somewhat bloated, like a loaf of bread that has risen due to the yeast in the bread.  Yeast also causes a sour odor.




This type of dry drunk syndrome affects millions of people around the world.  It is a major cause of obesity, brain fog and all the physical ailments that go with obesity.

Unfortunately, medical and naturopathic personnel often do not recognize it so it continues.  They may suggest a better diet, but since the person is addicted to carbohydrates, the person often cannot or will not follow the diet.




To get over this problem requires correcting body chemistry to end the excessive fermentation of sugars inside the body.  This is not a simple process, in most cases.  It usually requires a complete development program.  For details, read Introduction To Development Programs.  To find a Helper to begin a program, go to the Helper Referral Page.

Medical drugs, herbs, or symptomatic vitamin and mineral therapies are usually not sufficient to correct many and deep imbalances related to copper, zinc, manganese and often many other minerals that contribute to this dry drunk problem.

Understanding the problem is also very helpful in order to make fast progress.


Dietary solutions.  The high incidence of this problem is one reason more and more people are adopting diets such as Paleo, keto, Weston Price, primal, GAPS, gluten-free and other low-carbohydrate diets.  This is a step in the right direction.

However, we find that just following one of these diets is not enough to rebuild body chemistry.  In our experience, all the diets above are too low in well-cooked vegetables.  These are needed to supply many nutrients to the body.

Nutritional supplements.  In addition, everyone needs targeted nutritional supplements to replenish nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium and perhaps others.  We use supplements to also balance the oxidation rate and the sodium/potassium ratio on a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair mineral analysis. 

Detoxification procedures.  Also, we find most people need certain detoxification and healing procedures in order to rebalance and detoxify the body adequately.  These are described in the Procedures Handbook.

Only with this combination can many people make a full recovery.  It is more work, but it brings many, many other benefits besides healing the carbohydrate addiction.  For details, read Introduction To Development.



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