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Early sobriety is an exciting time of new beginnings for us as we adopt a life free of drugs and alcohol. Early sobriety, however, can also be challenging at times – particularly when it comes to alcohol cravings.

While these cravings can be tiresome at times, there are several tricks available to help rid us of these.

Here we take a look at some foods that, in combination with our recovery program, can actually alleviate us from an alcohol craving.

Candy/sweets

An old trick that has been passed down through many generations of those in recovery is Images of candy canes and lollipops for alcohol cravingshaving candy or sweets on hand for alcohol cravings. There actually is a scientific explanation for this trick.

Studies have shown a strong link between alcoholism and a preference for sugar, with both acting on similar neurobiological pathways in the brain. (1) While this is a great trick to help with alcohol cravings, we must also be careful not to trade one addiction for another.

Having an assortment of (non-alcoholic) drinks on hand

Sometimes we simply crave the taste of alcohol, particularly at meal times or during activities in which we used to drink during (such as a sporting event). Therefore, it is important to always have an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks ready to replace our old favorite drinks.

Seltzer waters typically make an excellent replacement for beer drinkers. For those who are craving wine, tart cherry juice not only provide a similar taste, it even acts as a sleep aid by increasing melatonin levels in the brain. (2)

Fruit

Fruits are another excellent food at combatting alcohol cravings. Like candy and sweets, these provide sugar, which helps to reduce alcohol cravings. Unlike candies, however, fruit contains sugar in the form of complex carbohydrates that takes longer for the body to digest than processed sugars.

Therefore, the sugars in fruits actually may help reduce alcohol cravings for a longer period of time than candies and sweets. (3)

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Complex B vitamins

Alcoholism has been shown to greatly reduce the number of complex B vitamins in our bodies. In fact, some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are actually associated with vitamin B-1, B-3, and B-5 deficiencies.

Whole grains, eggs, meat, seeds, and vegetables are all a good source of complex B vitamins that can help with alcohol cravings. (4)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


Sources

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.2010.10400687
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038497
https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/foods-decrease-alcohol-craving-7835.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17323538