Thinking about how to quit drinking alcohol? Then you know that occasionally you will have the temptation to indulge even when a part of you sincerely WANTS to avoid drinking. To reduce alcohol cravings try one of these 4 proven remedies, which can eliminate your desire to drink, or at least reduce it to a more manageable level.
1. Sweeten Up: What you THINK is a temptation to drink alcohol may just be your body craving sugar. Eating a few sweets each day means that you could be addicted to sugar. Your body is getting it from a variety of sources, including alcohol (as well as processed foods).
Even if you only have a doughnut for breakfast, or just a couple of sodas throughout the day – and avoid sweets at night – don’t forget that your body also converts the carbohydrates in alcohol to sugar. This is why after one or two drinks you actually feel more energetic: you’re in the midst of a sugar rush.
Of course, the healthiest approach is to eliminate sweets AND alcohol from your diet. But, if you presently drink too much alcohol try eating a sugary snack and notice if it reduces your desire for alcohol. Start cutting back drastically on sweets, and you just may find that your desire for alcohol decreases just as rapidly. If you feel tempted to drink alcohol RIGHT NOW try eating something sweet. This may reduce or eliminate the immediate desire altogether.
2. Eat Food: Reduce alcohol cravings by filling your stomach with a good, solid meal. It’s no secret that nearly all alcoholics tend to “drink” at least one of their meals a day. That is, instead of eating a nutritious, filling lunch or dinner, they will have several (or many) alcoholic drinks as their “meal.” You must never, ever skip a meal – especially if alcohol is causing problems in your life.
Your “secret weapon” to resist drinking alcohol is to get into the habit of eating 3 square meals a day. Enjoying a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner is the surest way to diminish the desire to drink. If you feel tempted to drink alcohol RIGHT NOW try eating a full meal first, as this may reduce or eliminate the immediate desire. (article continues below)