Edith had been drinking up to 40 ounces of whiskey daily for three weeks. Her gait was unsteady, her speech was limited to a few words, she trembled and complained of jitters. She was admitted to the hospital and immediately given 400 milligrams of niacin intravenously, plus 3,000 mg of niacin and 2,000 mg of vitamin C by mouth. Within minutes, she had calmed down. The second day, she was given niacin (3,000 mg) and vitamin C (2,000 mg) after each meal. On the second morning she was still jittery, but by that afternoon she was well and remained so for the rest of her hospital stay.
Fred had been drinking for sixteen years and suffered three bouts of delirium tremens (DTs) with hallucinations. He was irritable and tense. He was given 2,000 mg of niacin and 2,000 mg of vitamin C after each of three meals. The same day, by 10:30 p.m., he was cooperative, pleasant, and related normally to others. He remained well in the hospital and after his discharge.
Neither of the above patients had responded to the medication in use for their condition. Both recovered on vitamin therapy.
From the upcoming book: Hoffer A and Saul AW. Alcoholism: The Vitamin Cure. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub, 2009.