Quitting Drinking Pain in Joints - What to Do? How Long Does It Last?

Quitting Drinking Pain in Joints – What to Do? How Long Does It Last?

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Have you got pain in your joints since you stopped drinking alcohol? What should you do? How long will it last?

The question today was ‘I’ve got pain in my joints since I stopped drinking. What should I do about it? What can I do about it?’

It might be more coincidental if I’m honest with you.

It’s more than likely.

There’s not really much evidence that quitting alcohol is going to cause you pain in your joints.

There’s normally something that’s been there and suppressed by all the drinking.

You’re drunk and you don’t feel it.

I don’t know.

The best thing to do would be to go down to your doctor.

What I can help you with is to examine what you’re doing now that you’ve stopped drinking because that’s probably where the fault lies if it’s not an underlying condition.

That’s probably nothing to do with the alcohol.

It might be something that you’re eating now, something that you’re drinking now, something that you’ve replaced the alcohol with that’s causing you problems.

It could be gout which is pain in the joints that’s often caused by purine, and that could be found in alcohol and protein-rich foods like meat.

But, when you’re talking about alcohol drinking and gout, it’s mostly caused through drinking alcohol.

So, if you’ve got gout, one of the first things your doctor is going to ask you is ‘do you drink?’ and to stop drinking because that’s going to exacerbate the problem.

It’s going to add to the levels of purine in your body.

The only thing to do is to look at your diet and see which protein-rich foods you’re eating.

It could be arthritis as well- gout is a form of arthritis.

Alcohol doesn’t really cause arthritis but it can interfere with medications that you’re taking for arthritis.

I don’t know whether these symptoms are coming up because you’ve quit drinking or what.

People who drink heavily usually don’t eat very often either, so there are a lot of vitamin deficiencies.

So you’ve got vitamin deficiencies of B1, B6…I suppose all nutrients will start to suffer in your body because you’re not eating the proper, nutritious diet.

I mean, I certainly didn’t.

I can go back and talk about my diet until the cows come home because it was basically when I didn’t drink that I ate good.

When I was cooking for my son, I tried to cook him different foods, foods that were nutritional most of the time.

Obviously, when I had a hangover, I couldn’t do that.

But for the most part, I ate a shit diet.

It wasn’t great at all.

The best thing to do is go and visit your doctor. Person to person, they can check you out and see what the problem is.

At least they can narrow it down better than I can.

I’m not a doctor.

But at least I know that I used to get pain in my joints a lot more than I do now, and that was partly due to the alcohol consumption and partly due to the crappy food that I ate.

More crappy food leads to more crappiness, basically.

Sorry if I’m not a great help with this one.

With these medical problems, they’re more often than not due to the amount of alcohol that you consumed in the past.

That’s one area where a doctor can help.

You can find relief from your doctor that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

I can give you all the inspirational help for quitting drinking, but as far as actions, I can’t do anything.

If you have any questions, suggestions for this guy, then leave them down below.

If you’ve experienced pain in your joints as a result of drinking or not drinking, then leave our experiences down below.

I’d love to hear them and I’m sure anyone who is suffering from this would love to hear them as well.

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  • Art

    Reply Reply August 18, 2016

    I wonder if the guy who is suffering knee pain has put on a lot of weight since quitting. Obviously, if your knee joints are a bit rickety in the first place, and then you pile on the weight, you’re in for knee pain. Well….just a thought.
    Enjoying your daily audios Kevin ….as I walk the coastal path…..Holywood to Bangor in Northern Ireland.

  • Tony

    Reply Reply August 18, 2016

    Day 8 for me today I think my pain is a underlying condition I look at my family sister brother mum dad aunt all have joint pain’s and two of them really don’t drink at all maybe Christmas a wedding kinda thing only yet they have pain for myself I’m also a heavy smoker I’m 56 years old and to be honest I’ve used alcohol all my life so I guess the pain is because of many factors I would take Kevin’s advice and go see. Your GP about it. By the way good luck at staying of the hooch Tony B

  • Liz Hahn

    Reply Reply August 19, 2016

    I found this video interesting because I have just stopped drinking wine for 1 week and already I no longer have aching and painful joints. This is quite the opposite of the person you are speaking about in this video.

    In only 1 week I have observed many benefits of quitting this useless habit of pouring a bottle of wine down my throat almost nightly. Its just a stupid habit without any value but it just had become a routine which lasted some 20+ years. Its crazy how we become creatures of habit and continue doing things which have no benefit to us but harm us in the end.

    Thanks for your video’s I look forward to them!


    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2016

      I had the same, my joints stopped aching when I stopped

  • Jason English

    Reply Reply November 30, 2016


    I have 2 questions

    1 Did you use AA or stop cold turkey on your own. What are your thoughts about AA
    2 What are your thoughts about drinking non-alcoholic beer in the beginning just to get through the first 30 days?

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Reply Reply December 6, 2016

      Hi Jason, thanks for the comments and questions. I never used AA, just stopped on my own. I don’t really have much of an opinion about AA. I don’t think it’s very successful for the individual unless you keep going. I think many people leave their addictions for alcohol behind only to replace them with addictions to AA. This is shown time and time again with people who are still going to the AA after many years.
      My thoughts on drinking non-alcoholic beer in the beginning, just to get through the first 30 days… I’m in two minds. First, if it helps you to get through those 30 days, so be it. Second, replacements can be a bad idea. It depends on the person. For some people, replacements only keep the old habit alive. The whole idea is to kill the alcohol habit and replace it with something less harmful and more valuable to you as a person.

  • Bev

    Reply Reply January 30, 2017

    I too have pain in my joints since giving up drinking. I think it’s because I have more energy and have become more active. I’m busy doing something all the time, not lazing around with a drink in my hand

    I’m working muscles that I have hardly broken a sweat in years. I think that’s what’s causing MY joint pain. What a wonderful problem to have if that is indeed the cause ?. ?

    • David Curtin

      Reply Reply February 6, 2017

      Better to be addicted to AA than alcohol .

  • julian

    Reply Reply December 28, 2017

    Hi There

    I have beeen to Rehab after 30 years of excessive drinking and I am now 43 days clean.

    I have pain in my hips and the top and centre of my back since I stopped drinking.
    As you say maybe the alcohol masked the problem and at was existing.

    I will go to the Doctor and get some advise.

    Thanks for the video and the good work you do.



  • Joy

    Reply Reply March 7, 2018

    I have also suffered joint pain since giving up drinking. I am 6 months sober and on waking everyday my body aches.After I begin moving about it does ease but I think I will visit my GP for a blood test to rule out possible arthritis. Thanks for the question initially, I was wondering if I was the only one suffering and thanks for the video answer.

    • Jenn

      Reply Reply April 2, 2019

      Joy…did you see your GP? I have the same symptoms…about 5 months sober. Just curious.

      • Cat

        Reply Reply June 28, 2019

        Me too! Almost 6 mos sober and moderate joint pain. My theory is that while alcohol no doubt was causing damage in some areas, it was also providing stress relief and therefore cooling inflammation down. My sobriety has finally unleashed my inner hothead – a quality I was managing through drinking for years. Now since I don’t have my usual shut down valve, my body is inflamed. Mind body connection is what it’s all about. I’m working on trying to find other ways to get there but I miss my magic bullet. I just know that I can’t go back to where I was and I’m hanging in there. Did yours eventually go away?

  • Kaiyya

    Reply Reply April 11, 2018

    Hi I’m 49 and drink most evenings a bottle or 2! Of wine as it’s my lifestyle usually 5 days out of a week
    I’ve stopped 4 days ago as also trying to loose weight.. but I’m getting more cramp now than ever leg and feet cramp 4 times woke me last night it’s awful…. I take iron also as I used to get cramp years ago but I’m now eating all protein and no carbs no bread no butter nothing bad just ham pork beef salads beans peppers liver etc
    Should I be worried?
    I must add I don’t even feel like a drink tbh, I’ve also had an awful headache every day these last 4 days something I never ever get ever! Not even after a good few drinks …. any advice please greatly accepted and well done to everyone on here who has stopped and is trying X

  • Kunal kumar

    Reply Reply August 12, 2018

    Hi im around 7 mnths sobre nd my body aches with anxiety sumtimes but i guess quitting drinks sumtime will prove a good choice??

  • Alex Kutler

    Reply Reply October 3, 2018

    Well I came here searching for “quitting alcohol and muscle aches”. I did not have muscles aches when i was drinking alcohol. After quitting for a few months, things have started to worsen instead of getting better. Muscle aches, arthritis, depression, insomnia, digestive system problems. Things are getting worse. I am not sure what to do now.

    • A Barbara Dorsey

      Reply Reply January 6, 2019

      Alex Kutler, about 2 weeks after I quit cold turkey I had incredible joint pain in my hands and feet. It was debilitating pain, it as I moved about my day it went away. It was agony to stand on my own feet. I bet this went on for a good couple of months. I found no explanations. I began to be sure I ate very healthy foods and took vitamins and turmeric and liver cleansing supplements. It’s gone now. My insomnia is still with me. I just finally accept the fact that I need less sleep now. In fact, I think the fact that I always seemed to have problems getting settled and falling asleep was a huge reason why I drank at night. Looking over your other gripes, I went from what I thought was IBS to normal digestion but that took time too. I do put fiber in my coffee or tea. Almost 2 years out, I do yoga 2-3 x a week in a class and it has really made such a difference with my serenity and sense of well being. I went 30 years without exercise. Hang in there, it’s soooo worth the temporary bad stuff.

  • Aron

    Reply Reply January 31, 2019

    I turned yellow in Feb last year (18). I stopped drinking. I have picked up a moderate caffeine habit I didn’t have, and my sweets intake has upped. I’ve put on about 25 pounds since then. I first noticed it in my Achilles early on in quitting. When I would get up I couldn’t just start walking it was tight and had to loosen up. That has mostly subsided. Now if I sit on my knees which I do and did A LOT for making fires or just sitting on the floor I struggle to get up and it takes a minute for everything to loosen up. I’m 34.

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    Reply Reply February 10, 2019

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  • Susan

    Reply Reply September 2, 2019

    A year ago I got sober and for months my bones and joints ached. I saw my PC who did a work up for all sorts of things and found nothing. But within my blood work it said I had macros and other minor things wrong with my blood work that pointed to vitamin deficiencies.

    Basically, drinking for prolonged periods of time greatly affects your vitamin absorption. The kidneys expel magnesium 200x faster after just 1 drink. Alcoholics typically have magnesium and B vitamin deficiencies which help our heart, blood, calcium and bones. Talk to your doctor and be honest. They may recommend supplements. Eat foods rich in magnesium and B vitamins.

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