I recently stopped drinking alcohol and now my carpal tunnel is worse (numb hands when I wake) why is this?

I will explain. Having carpel tunnel problem cause the numbness, also alcohol cause also inflamation of the neve and works as pain relief also. When you stooped drinking your symptoms are more sharp. That dose not means you will go to drinking alco hole the situation will get better with time and treatmnet.
Not sure. If you have persistent symptoms consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome, it might simply be because you need treatment. If symptoms are mild and intermittent, try night bracing. If symptoms are frequent or constant or if you notice any weakness, you should be evaluated by your primary care doctor, neurologist, or hand surgeon.