The vitamin “niacin”, which is also known as vitamin B3 deserves an entire section on its own.  The reason I say this is because the co-founder of AA, Bill Wilson actually used niacin to help with many of the symptoms of alcoholism.  One of the side effects of the root cause of alcoholism is also depression.  Both are caused from a metabolic disorder involving the hypothalamus and neuroendocrine system.

Bill Wilson knew that something was missing even though had had not had a drink in many years.  He co-founded AA and helped thousands of people stop drinking.  However, he realized after some time that many of these people, although not drinking anymore, were still very miserable (including himself).  Being a very smart and curious person, he did some research on vitamins.  What he found was truly amazing and he put it to the test.

Bill Wilson had read about the effects of niacin and decided to take the vitamin B3 himself.  This was because he was suffering from extreme depression and still struggled with alcohol cravings on a regular basis.  He had a feeling that these might be related.  This was in fact true because both symptoms are a result of chemical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.  In fact, the effect of niacin on the brain helps with many of the symptoms that are commonly known as the “dry drunk” syndrome.  Ironically, the dry drunk symptoms are exactly the same as hypoglycemia.

Wilson started out by taking 3000 mg of niacin a day.  He was amazed that after just a few weeks his depression and alcohol cravings had vanished.  He was so excited that he presented his findings to his friends and got a small experiment going on his own.  He took 30 members of AA in good standing and tried the same thing with them.  After one month 10 were feeling better.  After two months another 10 were feeling better.  After three months none of the remaining 10 felt better.  Still, the results very good and Bill wanted to share them with everyone.

The tragedy behind all of this is once Wilson presented his discoveries to the AA Board, they ordered him not to advocate it.  They argued that he was not qualified to make the statements because he was not a medical doctor.  This assertion was ludicrous and cruel.  Basically, the doctors on the AA Board wanted to keep things the way they were and not admit that there was a natural cure for alcoholism.  Their personal pocketbooks came before their actual concern for the millions of members of AA.

I’ve told this story because throughout this website you’re learning that in order to cure your alcoholism you’re going to have to think differently than the mainstream media wants you to.  This is at times very difficult because of peer pressure and the constant bombardment of false ideas that we hear every day.

The fact is that niacin has key components that help heal the metabolic disorder that causes alcohol cravings and alcoholism.  All alcoholics are usually very deficient in this vitamin and their bodies need to be replenished in order to restore proper brain function.  It is very effective in helping repair the sensitive hypothalamus and has a great effect on the neuroendocrine system.  Vitamin B3 (niacin) is included in the protocol that I have on this web site.  I encourage you to follow these protocols very carefully especially taking plenty of niacin.

Here’s a little more to prove to you the value of niacin.  A renowned doctor and Ph.D. named Abram Hoffer first started experimenting with vitamins and the relation to alcoholism many years ago.  He was a close friend of Bill Wilson and one of the main people involved in helping him get the information he did regarding niacin.  Dr. Hoffer not only wrote the book the “Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism”, he has also been involved in several other books that have been written including “Alcoholism: The Cause and the Cure”.  This book by Genita Petralli, H.H.P., N.C., M.H. is one of the most in-depth and precise programs for regarding the cause and the cure for alcoholism that has ever been written.

The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism: Orthomolecular Treatment of Addictions

Alcoholism: The Cause & The Cure

Both of these books are in my book store and I suggest you add them to your library.  The more you learn about the metabolic disorder that causes alcoholism, the better able you’ll be to stop it.

9 comments on Niacin

  1. How much Niacin should I be taking daily? What type of Niacin is good, because I know some vitamins (cheap ones) do not work.

    Thanks for any help!

    1. You are right…you get what you pay for. Generally speaking, if you can tolerate the regular niacin which creates a flush, use one that comes in a capsule (preferably vegetarian) for better absorption. It is not too expensive to begin with, so try to stay with a reputable brand.

      How much niacin you take is a very individual thing and depends on your needs. A good start is 100-500mg working your way up over time to possibly 2,000mg or more daily. It takes time for your body to get accustomed to the flush. Take it with food and it will be easier on your stomach. You should notice improvement in your mood (less depression) and your desire to drink.

      Check how to Stop Alcohol Cravings on this site for some more information. And remember to keep the processed sugar and simple carb intake to a minimum. This will help ensure that the physical cravings won’t start in the first place.


    1. Yes, the no-flushing kind of niacin is acceptable. However, keep in mind that it may be less effective because the flush has a purpose. If you keep taking the same dose, though, you will notice less and less of the effect as your body gets used to the regular niacin. You will be able to increase the dose over time for greater levels of benefit.

      Dr. Abram Hoffer wrote a great book called “The Vitamin Cure For Alcoholism” that explains the benefits in detail. He was one of Bill Wilson’s doctors. Bill and many of his AA friends tried large doses of niacin and the vast majority felt less depressed and had less craving for alcohol. When Bill tried to take this great new discovery to the World Council of AA, they rejected the notion of publishing it. They told Bill “you are trying to play doctor”. Well, you guessed it, most of the Board members were doctors! They didn’t want to give anyone new information revealing an inexpensive alternative that did not require a prescription or doctor visit.

      Unfortunately, this selfish behavior is commonplace in medicine today.

    1. Niacin is much better because it produces the effect of “flushing”. Vitamin B3, Niacin, cleanses the tissues and body of toxins.

      To use “non-flushing” niacin defeats the purpose. Don’t try to change what God has created – flush the toxins out of your body and you will lose the cravings, depression, and everything else that is holding you back.

      You can do this – just remember that man has created a condition for his benefit. This “disease” is simply a way to make money through ineffective rehabs, treatments, etc. that simply don’t work.

      Don’t be a victim of any of this BS. Fire your doctor and do what God says… Eat the way He intended and you will be fine!

  2. Bill W. and Dr. Bob were the co-founders of Alcoholics
    Anonymous. Bill had a difficult childhood which I believe
    led him into alcoholism. Dr. Bob appeared to have had
    a good childhood. I believe Dr, Bob drank himself into
    alcohol dependence. He “loved his grog”. Bill was granted
    release from his hopeless condition by God. That experience is described on page 2 in “As Bill Sees It”. I am
    convinced that Bill’s conversion was the real thing as
    described in the Big Big Book. Dr. Bob had to work for
    his release, as he continued to have the desire to drink
    for a couple of years into abstinence from alcohol.
    Dr. Bob had faith, and the works did work indeed. He
    and Bill W. never drank alcohol again.
    Humility seems to be the common denominator.
    Tradition eleven and twelve tell us how to develop
    humility. We stay anonymous and give credit where
    credit is due. We Alcoholics are sober today because
    of God’s Grace. Vitamin B-12 was very helpful to me. B-3
    was helpful to Bill W. and others, as stated.

  3. This is truly fascinating. I have been a heavy alcohol user all my life and looking into the effects and symptoms of Vit B deficiencies has opened a whole new world of “Eureka” moments for me. I can now see 90% of my “ailments” and skin disorders can now be attributed to Vit B and mostly B3 deficiencies, caused by my alcohol consumption, which is now way better than it was in my younger years, but still way over what is recommended for optimum health. Thank you so much for the article, and the very helpful replies.

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