I get the shakes, but it goes away when I drink. Do I have a problem? Bianca, Newport
Not necessarily. You may have a benign essential tremor, which gives you a mild and harmless form of the shakes. It often runs in families. The tremor may reduce a bit with drinking, but that can’t be a regular treatment. If it’s a big problem, your GP may be able to prescribe tablets to calm it down. Some tremors are due to alcohol dependence, thyroid disease, or are side effects of drugs like caffeine or salbutamol for asthma.