The brain will tell the addict that they need the alcohol. Otherwise the individual will be unable to function properly. So before you pick the keys and head off to the nearest bar, go through our 4 remedies to help you survive the day.
Firstly eat food. Ignore the demand for alcohol and feed your body with food instead. Most problem drinkers tend to drink alcohol as one meal of the day. Take that away and substitute it for a filling and nutritious meal. Eat a solid good meal and the best way to fight your alcohol cravings is to have three square meals in a day. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner and you’ll be surprised to find that the urge to drink alcohol gets less or almost non-existent.
Secondly, a temptation to drink alcohol may be a body’s cry for sugar. If you eat a few sweets a day, your body may be addicted to sugar. Your body is sourcing it from various foods including alcohol. Perhaps it would be best to cut back on the sugar and alcohol and source your sugar from natural products such as fruits. If you do feel the temptation to drink, try eating a sweet. However do not turn this new habit into a full-fledged addiction.
Thirdly, drink more water. Every time your brain screams out for alcohol. Silence its demands with a glass of water. It has been recommended that a normal individual consume 6-8 glasses of water. This does not include normal beverages such as coffee, tea, juice but just plain old water. Start the habit of drinking lots of water daily. Buy a 2 L water bottle. Fill it up at the start of the morning and promise yourself by the end of work, that 2 L water bottle will be finished.
Fourthly, remember to exercise. Give yourself the burst of endorphins and the adrenaline rush through exercise. Just take at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This will improve your self-esteem and increase your self confidence. If you are bored at home and feel the urge to drink, go out and stretch a little and then go for a little walk around the neighbourhood. Get the oxygen flowing in the brain. This will silence the body’s urges for alcohol.
So remember all these steps, and try it. Do not give up so easily because the best things in life are the ones worth fighting for and taking control of your life is one of them.