Low blood sugar levels cause alcohol cravings

low blood sugar creates alcohol cravingsOne of the things that can easily induce a craving for alcohol is low blood sugar. This can occur after a ‘rush’ of simple carbohydrates (sugar, processed wheat etc.), blood sugar levels quickly increase, then decrease again just as sharply.

It can also occur if you haven’t eaten anything for a long time – so don’t let yourself get too hungry!

The craving comes about because your body associates drinking alcohol with lots of quickly available carbohydrates, and that’s what it asks you for. So the one thing you need to do when you’re cutting down your alcohol intake, is keep your blood sugar levels fairly balanced.

You can prevent the low blood sugar, and hence the craving, by not eating so much sweet or processed food. Eat more fibre-rich whole foods, like wholemeal or granary bread, muesli or granola, fruit instead of chocolate (sorry!). And don’t forget those sugar-packed fizzy drinks, they’ve got to go too.

So next time you get a craving for alcohol, eat something instead – you’ll be amazed at how quickly that craving disappears. Just make it something healthy though, OK?

56 Comments

  1. Selina 7 June, 2017 at 1:32 am - Reply

    As a parent, I always ate a balanced breakfast with my children. Now that I am not cooking for anyone, I do not eat breakfast and rarely lunch… and not hungry at all. In looking back the craving for alcohol is out of control. I’m seeing a therapist and although being an empty nester could contribute, I am curious if the main fact is that I stopped eating?

  2. Rebecca 23 April, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    This was so helpful. I’m glad I’m not the only one with a struggle like this. I drink a bottle of wine a night and have been for a really really long time. And I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I can’t loose weight. I’m going to start packing a snack for my car ride home. I also just started taking Vital Protein that has a ton of aminos in it. And started milk thistle to help cleanse my liver. One way or another I am going to kick this habit!

  3. cheri 31 October, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    off and on for the past 2-3 months I have had a craving for alcohol. It first started wanting something I had drank way back in my 20’s, a salty-dog. I got the stuff to make it, but just a little sip turns me off and I end up pouring it down the drain. I can’t say what my food intake was like during those times because I never put them together. Sugar and alcohol cravings.

    I do not drink alcohol. I haven’t in decades, when I did back then, i didn’t drink to excess. In fact my friends called me the pepsi cola kid. Meaning, I haven’t had an alcoholic problem. I hated beer even.

    But why have I been craving alcohol now? One think I have considered may be the cause is that I had a blood clot in my leg and 3 small ones in my lung. Is it a mineral my body is saying it needs?

    I have an auto-immune disorder that makes me have low oxygen and iron stores. I have had signs of fatigue, but since I went back on my Vit D and Iron sulphate regiment set up by my doctor, I’m not so tired. But these cravings keep coming up. I have them probably 2 to 6 times in a week maybe. It’s got to be something my body is lacking?

    I do get occasional low blood sugar episodes. I’m gluten intolerant, so when I get real strict with what I eat, due to the lack of carbs, my blood sugar drops and have to get something good in my body that will raise it and keep it there.

  4. Tuckerkitty 24 January, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    You crave alcohol because it causes a boost in estrogen that can jump start a period. Thats why women who drink are more likely to get estrogen fueled cancers like Breast cancer. the number is huge like 45%. The liver will metabolize alcohol first and at the same time it can not metabolize estrogen, so the estrogen sits there building in a females system until the alcohol is metabolized, the more booze the longer it takes, more estrogen builds. Ever gotten into a fighting rage when you drink or just needed sex? There is your answer, it is just like steroid rage in men when they build up to much testosterone.

    You crave carbohydrates because it causes a serotonin boost to stave off depression. which is also a side effect of alcohol. Serotonin is made in the stomach not in the brain, re uptake inhibitors effect brain chemistry but serotonin is actually made in the stomach.

    I work in mental health but also a very good doctor told me the liver thing. You can google it too, there is a female doctor whose name escapes me but she is doing direct research on alcohol and women’s cancers. Hope that helps.

    • Anonymous 30 March, 2016 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      I would like to know more if possible can you contact me as I am doing a medical course in the UK and am doing research on this issue

  5. Kitties 11 June, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    This article really helped me and made me think about when I was craving wine. I had a bad craving yesterday. And yes I hadn’t eaten, didn’t know that made a difference, I got to thinking after reading this and it’s happened before when I haven’t eaten, from now on I’m grabbing for a yogurt instead, will sure be better for me, thanks.

  6. So True 29 March, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    this is so true! I noticed that when I go all day w/out food (not on purpose) I crave wine, but as soon as I eat, that craving goes away and I have no desire for wine at all…WOW!

  7. Zoe 21 November, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I typed in”why do I crave red wine on my period” and I happened on this site, thank you to all for being there for me to read and attempt to comprehend your and my situations. Being a “type O positive” with a gluten intolerance, in a GMO world is tough, and I understand the leaky gut stuff, but how did we get this far away from what we are “suuuuuuposed” to eat and drink?

  8. Bev48 4 November, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone
    i’m a newbie to this site, i started home detox almost 5 wks ago. I found i sailed easily through the 5 wks by replacing my wine with alcohol free wine. I’m also on Campral. I’ve had the comments that i’m ‘just defeating the object’ or ‘i’ll end up wanting the alcohol’ etc, but i don’t miss the alcohol i think i miss the ‘laugh’ with my mates to be honest. It doesn’t bother me if people drink in front of me either, to be honest i don’t know why i’m even moaning sorry all

  9. Etienne 12 September, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I started drinking since high school, when I did it just for fun; just to follow the crowd, and never really paid any attention to it. During college I drank every weekend and started enjoyning it more and more; never dependant though. I guess I´ve always been a “very responsible and hard working” drunk. I´m 41 now, consider myself to be very successful professionally and with a great and supportive family; but I also realized I´m a true alcoholic and I´m going to loose everything I have – my life included – if I don´t put an end to it. I´ve been sober for 30 days now, this is the second time I try to sober up, last time was last year, and I was successful for 4 entire months. Then, I had a bike accident and was the perfect excuse for me to fall of the wagon again. JC this is really though, I´ve been advised to go to AA meetings, haven´t gotten around to it, and what I´m trying to do is to read as much literature as I can find, trynig to mantain my brain busy at night, when the craving is at its fullest… it´s so soothing to read all the comments on this site, knowing that there are so many people struggling with the same terrible disease. My sincere support to all of you.

    • Kelly 11 November, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Go to AA, get a sponcer and work the program.

  10. Anne 22 April, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Has anyone tried the electroceuticals treatment.

  11. Tony 10 January, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    My experience. Been drinking for 15 years. In 2011 I decided to stop drinking for a year (goal). It was hard at first. Drinking juice and going to bed early helped. After 2 months I got use to it and didn’t have the cravings anymore.

  12. Sana 4 December, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you, I noticed this, I am not an alcoholic, but I gave up sugar and was eating low carb and started severely craving red wine to the point I was smelling it…it scared me…sadly I startrd eating sugar again….but I am not craving alcohol now I have to re detox off sugar and then I will follow your advice..

  13. Karen 29 September, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I am in early recovery. And I simply cannot get a decent amount of sobriety time in. I went to rehab, and thought I was going to be a winner. Well, seems I can’t get past a week…and I get urges, that I cave in to. Yes, I go to AA, yes I have a very supportive family…
    This is an interesting topic to me though, as I drink instead of eating. I think it’s time to get myself on a better dietary plan…starting with breakfast. I am praying that it will help. To those of you who pray…please help. I have been asking God to please help me….

    • Mary 18 May, 2013 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen:
      You are suffering from a biochemical imbalance. Read Joan Mathews-Larson’s book “Seven Weeks to Sobriety”. It has helped our family members enormously to lose their craving for alcohol by addressing the underlying biochemical imbalance in their bodies. We are of Irish and Native American Indian background, who are very prone to these imbalances.
      The formulas from Dr. Larson’s clinic are in 2 parts. The first part provides supplements for detoxing the body, which lasts for 2 weeks. The second part of the program provides nutrients for supplying the missing nutrients in your body that cause the biochemical imbalance, resulting in alcohol cravings.
      The supplements consist of amino acids (tyrosine and tryptophan), essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6), enzymes to break down food, hydrochloric acid to replace low stomach acid, vitamins and minerals.
      The detox formula provoked some side effects, like lethargy, headache, skin breakout, sweating, depression, weepiness. But they passed over a few days.
      There were noticeable improvements as we started the second 4 weeks of the program. Energy went up so that we could work around the house and complete projects left idle for years. We started to get up at 8:30 am, instead of noon, with energy to do things.
      I found that some still didn’t want to eat breakfast and were prone to hypoglycemia, so I had breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks, ready to go and coaxed them to eat. I made them a nourishing milkshake for breakfast, from 4 fresh juiced carrots, half a small beetroot (for liver support), 2 dollops of home made sour cream and 2 raw organic free range eggs, blended together. It supplied all the food groups of fat, carbs and protein. We could manage breakfast in liquid form. For lunch, I fed them home made chicken, lamb and beef stews with well cooked vegetables, which worked well and were easy on the digestion. They started drinking lots of the soup when hunger hit, instead of bread and processed food snacks.
      We started this program in the middle of Jan and now it is more than halfway through May. We found that Dr. Mathews-Larson is a good place to start, but that the underlying condition for the chemical imbalance and nutritional deficiencies is Leaky Gut. We are now addressing this with the GAPS Diet, and have had amazing, slow but steady improvements. The key is gut healing, which the GAPS Diet does over time, like 2 to 3 years.
      Our whole family is now on the Full GAPS Diet, as we all had Leaky Gut symptoms. Improvements in strength, focus, concentration and stamina have steadily increased with detox symptoms of headache, lethargy, skin breakouts, diarrhea, depression, weepiness and irritability, etc. occurring with the next level of healing the gut, every few days to once a week.
      We are gradually decreasing our reliance on supplements, except for Omega 3 & 6 oils, Hydrochloric Acid, tyrosine and tryptophan. We have added good quality probiotics from the Health Food Store, to help restore the gut flora, which is essential for absorbing the nutrients from foods. We are making slow but steady progress and no one has touched alcohol for over 2 months.
      Here are the steps that helped my family.
      1. Find someone to support you with diet and detox symptoms. A family member or good friend who cares about your well being is the best.
      2. Don’t tell everyone what you are doing, as they are likely to sabotage your efforts, some with good intentions, others just out to make trouble for you. Just say ” I am on a temporary restricted diet and some supplements, for some health issues.” Don’t go into detail.
      3. Start eating at regular intervals, small amounts at first. Every 5 hours or less. Work up to 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. This will help to prevent hypoglycemia which will make you relapse.
      4. Gradually start preparing all your food at home with organic when possible, so that you are not adding more chemicals to your already overburdened body.
      5. Read “The Mood Cure” by Dr. Julia Ross. Figure out which one of the 4 basic mood types you are and work out what amino acids you need to help stabilize your moods. You may fall into all 4 types. I have found that you need to take the higher dosages of amino acids on her charts. If you can’t afford the book, you can read most of it online and take her questionnaire online to determine your amino acid deficiencies. Amino Acids are in their basic form and absorbed directly thru your gut. This won’t cure you but will really help with your moods. Amino acids are available at Health Food stores. Dr. Ross also has a section of mood curing foods and recipes in her book. This is a good place to start, to become familiar with amino acid therapy and food for moods and biochemical glitches.
      6. Read “Seven Weeks to Sobriety” by Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson. If you cannot afford to buy it, you can read it on her website. Her clinic, Health Recovery Center (HRC), is in Minnesota. She was inspired to help people with alcoholism and mood disturbances, after her 17 year old son, Rob, committed suicide after becoming dependent on alcohol. Her website is full of useful information. The formulas that are used in her clinic are available to buy online. She also has a book entitled “Depression Free Naturally”, which you can read on her website. The nutrition formulas for common causes of depression are also available from HRC. Most of the HRC formulas contain amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Some also contain digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. Taking all these amino acids and vitamins, will help to restore your biochemistry so that you can function much better and build yourself up. But, the underlying problem of biochemical imbalance is still there, unless you take all the vitamins and minerals every day.
      7. Read “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” (GAPS) by Dr. Natasha McBride. She has devised a protocol of diet, detoxification and lifestyle change called the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. The focus is on healing the leaky gut, which causes so many problems, especially the malabsorption of food. This malabsorption contributes to the malnourishment of the body which underlies so many chronic conditions. The diet relies heavily on whole traditional foods, especially grass fed meat and fat (if you can get it) in the form of soups, to heal the leaky gut and build up the healthy gut flora with probiotics and fermented foods. The GAPS diet is temporary but most people need 2 to 3 years on it to heal their gut. Supplements are minimal, as the nutrition comes mainly from the GAPS foods. The book is very technical but there are lots of websites covering everything from recipes, sourcing foods, troubleshooting, etc. “GAPS.me”, “GAPS.com”, GAPS Guide and GAPS Australia are some good websites to learn about GAPS. Detoxing the body with juicing, Epsom Salt baths and enemas are heavily encouraged to rid the body of accumulated toxins. There are many stories online of people healing their gut with GAPS. Dr. Natasha has just released a book on success stories called GAPS STORIES – Personal accounts of improvement and recovery through the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. This protocol will heal your gut over time, so you don’t have to take handfuls of supplements every day.
      8. Dr. Lawrence Wilson has an excellent article on Alcoholism on his Nutritional Balancing website. where he addresses the roles of nutrient deficiencies, toxic metals, candida albicans, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue, negative thinking and supplements for recovery from alcoholism. He strongly advises a detox protocol of coffee enemas, juicing and saunas. All the information is available on his website. My only concern about his program, after corresponding with many people who have tried all these various protocols, is that it doesn’t address the Leaky Gut condition strongly, so that absorption remains an issue. Many people told me they were unable to swallow all the supplements, as they had trouble swallowing pills. However, his site makes for greater understanding and it sounds like a Hair Mineral Analysis, properly interpreted gives a lot of information on the state of a person’s health. I mention this site, even though we are planning to heal with the GAPS protocol, as we learned a lot from his site and are thinking of getting the Hair Mineral Analysis done to see where our state of health is at.

      A Few Tips on Amino Acids
      Available at Health Food Shops. Take them on an empty stomach or under the tongue for quick absorption.
      Coffee Addiction – take 1 x 500 mg DLPA amino acid when you crave coffee., up to 2 x 500 mg a day. Took us 4 days to get off coffee.
      Cold Sores – I got them as my biochemistry changed. I take 6 x 500 mg when I first feel the tingle and I take then another 2 tablets every 2-3 hours. Then I cut back to 2 x 500 mg in the morning and 2 at night for a couple of days, just in case. If I start to drink more meat broth from home made stew, I don’t break out.
      Sugar cravings – L-Glutamine powder works well for me. 1/4 tsp under the tongue works like a charm.

      This is a really long post but the topic is complex, with no one easy answer. Go through the steps I outlined, one at a time, learn as you go, take your time and go low and slow. You will make gradual improvements and recovery. If you fall off the wagon, just continue where you left off. It gets easier and you feel much better as your body heals and rebalances.
      Karen, I will pray for you as well and I know that God will help you. He has helped me and my family.

      • Mary 22 May, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

        Sorry: I forgot to mention in the amino acid section above that for cold sores it is the amino acid L-Lysine you need to take. Start with 6 x 500 mg of L-Lysine. Amino acids are available at health food stores.

  14. Berrygirl 20 August, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Hi all just wanted to say very cool site ! Have been a highly functioning dependent for at least 20 years now and am finally addressing it. Am trying the moderation approach , have challenged myself to stick to the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption for one month. This consists of an average of two (pitifully small) standard drinks a day, 1 -2 alcohol free nights per week and never more than 4 standard drinks in one day. One standard drink is a piddly 100 ml of wine. Since iwas drinkIng a minimum of half a bottle on a light day and a full bottle or more on a bad day for 20 years . 2 standard drinks seemed dauntingly small, and taking a night off virtually unheard of! however am on week two now and going strong. I had 3 nights off in the first week and averaged 1.4 standard drinks a day over the week. I am basically running my own self management program . I did a quiz about how I was feeling physically and mentally before I started( just one I found on the net!)and inplkan to take that quiz again when I complete my first month of moderation and see if things have improved. But already I know this is really good for me. I am performing better in all areas of my life. I have more energy, my mind is eating , I ammore emotionally stable and a much better mum. Yay!
    My cravings are worse around 5 pm , partly because this is usually wine o clock
    for me and my body clock is set to crave at this time but I also think that the blood sugar theory has a lot of credibility. I find if I eat my main meal early at 5 pm my alcohol cravings subside almost entirely . I think that somewhere in my
    diet crazy 20’s I swapped night time food for alcohol and that a lot of my drinking has been about satisfying hunger cravings. Anyway still going strong on moderation plan and will look into the supplements recommended hereand keep onto my early dinners to avoid that wine witching hour! Wish me luck.

    • Mover2 29 March, 2013 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Your story/method sounds much like mine. Blood sugar is wacky, I make myself eat, I was in a routine of no breakfast lunch at 11, and drinks at 5 till about 6 or 7, then eat anything available. Anyways this interesting to read- but I craved wine at 5! Lol.

    • zyzz 31 March, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Agree 100%, 5 pm is the time….I leave the office and by the time I am home , 1/2 hr later, I am craving alcohol…started eating something like piece of whole meal bread….it works, craving goes…and if you add a big glass of water, your stomach is full for an hour or two, just in time for dinner !!

  15. Barb 24 July, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Hi

    First time here. What do they say about strength in numbers???I already feel better knowing that someone is there. I don’t know at what point I became an alcoholic. Obviously none of us woke up one day and said “jeez I think I want to be a drunk”. Reading your comments was as thou I had written them myself. I have been sober before for good periods of time. I have recently (as recent as 24 hours) come of a binge. I had my dearest friend video tape and photograph me while i was coming off my drunk. NOT PRETT TO SAY THE LEAST. I hope to use this “reminder” as a place I do not want to go. I will take a look at my diet and corresponding cravings to see the correlation . I think I might start today with some cranberry juice(sans vodka) Stay strong and sober..and THANKS!

  16. Janie 11 March, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Feels good to know I’m not alone. I’m at such a low point and I know it has to stop. I don’t want to go to AA meetings because then it will just be all too real… but it’s probably what I need to do. I’m going to look more into the supplements. I’ve been blacking out so much lately, making stupid decisions, and probably doing a number on my body. I feel so terrible, like a weak, pathetic shell of a person. I have these moments of clarity where I realize I need to get help, I do some research and know what I have to do.. but then somehow it’s all out the window and I’m drunk once again. Such a pitiful existence. I wish I could hold onto this state of mind; it’s morning, my body and mind are calm. But as the day wears on I know I’ll have to deal with the demons and somehow they’re always stronger.

    • Djangoben 13 March, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Hello I feel the same in the mornings say to my self that’s it going to have a night off .buy lunch time demons set in might just have a few to night be good and cut back then get stressed out had a bad day at work get bang on it or sod it the suns out it a nice day I’ll cut back tomorrow always tomorrow .have to break this bastard

  17. BrokenSpirit 27 February, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Hi gang,

    I have replaced food with alcohol. I now have this really bad pain in my right side of my back. I wonder if it is too late. ??

    • Lovely 13 April, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      If your liver was no longer functioning, it generally doesn’t hurt, but you might vomit, get water retention and you would certainly turn yellow in the whites of your eyes. Considering you feel it in the back of you, it could be a pulled muscle or your kidney if it’s just below your rib cage. Have you ever had a urinary tract infection before? The bacteria from an untreated UTI can go up to your kidneys causing kidney pain. Which makes them toxic and it can kill you if left untreated. No matter what it could be, you should definitely get it checked out by a doctor just to make sure. Do you get plenty of water each day?
      Good for you quitting alcohol, sorry to hear you now have a food problem. There are many support groups for over eating.
      I am not a doctor, but I’ve watched someone close to me get very sick and lose their liver, and have had a UTI that went into my kidneys.

    • Adrian 9 April, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      You most likely have gastritis or the begining of an ulcer. The pain in the stomach irradiates through your back.

  18. FRENCHROOTS777 17 February, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I WENT 5 MONTHES WITHOUT DRINKING AND HAD A SLIP LAST FRIDAY. TONIGHT THE CRAVINGS ARE INCREDIBLE AND I AM SO AFRAID TO GET BACK ON THE WRONG TRACK.I WONDER IF MY SLIP HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH TODAYS CRAVINGS …IM SO SAD!

  19. lizk 23 May, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I think I am finally really sober, meaning I have changed my life a lot. Got rid of a bad relationship, started eating breakfast-this was hard for me-and drinking lots of water.
    I notice less craving the more protein I eat.
    I still go to some AA meetings because I like the fellowship. Oh and exercise is good too. I have two lively dogs.
    Good Luck to all, LizK

  20. sammie 23 May, 2011 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi all,i came across this site and in all honesty was lol at the Sugar craving part,I’m an Alcoholic and have been Alcohol free for nearly a year.
    Sugar cravings are my new addiction pffft!!! my addictive nature ;-D.
    I gave up the Booze because i noticed i was using it as a substitute for everything in my life,i had a drink for every occasion and every emotion.
    I am currently at that time of my cycle that i really want to eat as much sugar as i can get my sticky hands on “rolling eye’s”,but at least i don’t mistake it for a need to drink alcohol.
    I joined A.A and have read Lot’s of books on any addiction out there and to all that have come to this site for an insight into your addictions i commend you on raisin your self awareness to this mind altering illness as some go on for years in denial,Lu good luck with the grapes :-D.

  21. Lu 9 March, 2011 at 6:17 am - Reply

    I was thinking the same thing and came across this web site again …. sugar levels down at the end of a working day and what better than a cold glass of wine then a bottle then two….tastes good but does no good to all around you and now to replace it with something I just read grapes eat lots of grapes all the time …. might give it a try being grape season.

  22. Sarah 13 October, 2010 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hi, I went to the doctors the other day as i fear i will continue to ruin my life… she told me to go too aa but i dont think that wil help…I crave drink like im starving…Ill get home fom work and im starved off it..I am much better when i go to the gym but still if i dont go or have a night off drink i end up binge drinking and i just cant stop once i get started. I am normally such a grounded nice person but drinking somtimes can turn me into a monster and makes me feel so depressed. I have been drinking since i was 13 heavily..i have pushed people i love away..but this doesnt stop me and i wonder what it wil take for me to stop..i just cant. I want to be able to be normal be able to stop at a couple and not need to drink. Once I get paid i wll buy the blood sugar supplments. Has anyone got any other advice, If you met me you probabaly have no idea i have been battleing this for yrs. my father was an alcoholic. I have a very addictive personality. I am a vegetarian so maybe my protien is low? Im so happy my sister sent me this web link because i can get help. Thank you

    • Barbara 17 October, 2010 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      I happened upon this website because a friend had posted something about the link between alcoholism and blood sugar. OK…I don’t know enough about nutrition to argue the point. What I do want to say, is, if true, that just touches upon the physical aspect of alcoholism. And it DOES make sense if you take the alcohol away, your body is going to crave SOMETHING to take its place. Alcoholism also affects one mentally and spiritually. Sure, keeping the body healthy is certainly important, but one’s outlook needs to be considered too. I reccomend attending AA meetings for support, and they are a great place to go to for answers, of all kinds.

    • Heidi 21 January, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      wow I read what you wrote and I thought I was the one who wrote it. I feel exactly the same way. Coming home or even on the way home, I would stop and get me a bottle. Just in order to relaxe, at first, then I would start cooking and leave the house again for the second bottle. And while I am doing it I start hating myself for being so damn weak. Every single day before I go to bed and first thing in the morning I swear that I will NOT drink again. If you would see me on the street or at my workplace you would never ever think that I am a drunk. I am so disgusted with myself. I told my relatives but for some reason they think I am dumm because I dont stop. They don’t know how I really feel about myself and how much I hate myself for being so weak. Enough said for today. Oh – I did not drink today 🙂 STAY STRONG SARAH, you and me, we CAN DO IT!!!!!

      • Shannon 4 April, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        Hi Heidi,
        I hope you go on here and see this, I see it’s been a while since this post. I just want to encourage you to keep on trying and keep on believing you can succeed. I am right where you are, and trying myself. Maybe we are people who feel or care too much, I don’t know it helps me unwind too, wish I had a better way though.

      • trying to quit 31 December, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

        I’m very normal student I go to school fulltime work part time but when i drink i turn into a horrible person , everyone says im like dr jeckle and mr hyde , then when i do drink i start with a 6 pack and some smokes then after im done i go back to the store for like 9 more beers, till i pretty much pass out , usually if im drinking in public i have most likely done somthing stupid or embaressing and i want a drink first thing in the morning, my binge drinking has gotten worse now and lasts up to 5 days, I have lost like 10 or more jobs, its the new year and i have decided to quit smoking and drinking i will do this by controlling my blood sugar level with l glutamine since i have read up so much on it. I just have a quick question for anyone who can help since im qutting drinking now what do i do if i get invited to an event where there is drinking , or if i make a new friend and he goes hey lets go grab a beer ??? my plan was gona be to say sorry i dont drink im taking some medication and doctor says i cant drink on it .. but any other ideas???

    • Carl 28 June, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      Hope this note finds you well as you reminded me of me. AA works, give it a shot and learn a little about alcoholism. You can drink if you choose to but give yourself a break and learn. Immediate pay raise and physical well being. Good luck, help is all around.

      Carl

  23. Monique 9 April, 2010 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I used to drink a couple of bottles of wine a day. Well every other day but when I did drink it was 1/2 of a box. I never really ate. I have been without wine for a week and I don’t even crave it. I would be foolish to say I wasn’t addicted to it, but I always knew I could stop drinking it when i wanted to (I didn’t want to until now). Anyways. I am having serious food cravings now. I also have insomnia (my reason to drink was to go to sleep) and I will take 30 min to an hour naps during the night. Everytime I wake up I need to have some thing to eat. I haven’t stopped eating for a whole week now. How do I offset the food cravings that I didn’t have when I was drinking. I am eating myself out of house and home.

    • Linda 6 July, 2010 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Hi..wondering how you are doing with the constant eating after giving up wine…I just gave it up too (drank as much as you do) and can’t stop eating ..grrrrrrr

  24. j6di2 17 February, 2010 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I stumpled onto this site by doing further research on blood sugar and diet. I have read “Little sugar addicts” by a dr. in NM at a drug/alcohol rehab, was looking for a way to change eating habits for children and behavior issues. Found the information very helpful and after cross-refrencing found it also works for even alcoholics. My other half will not admit he has a problem and probably won’t even after hitting bottom but I won’t give up.

    I will try this new lifestyle and he is ok with it because I mentioned how it is/will benefit the kids and will help him without having to tell him. Just have to keep journal so I can see what works and doesn’t.

  25. Tina 3 February, 2010 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Like the others I too am thankful to have found this site. I’ve recently given up drinking. It was getting out of hand. Ever since though I have found myself eating sweets several times a day, actually craving them. I recently wondered if perhaps I was craving sugar because of not drinking any more. I wondered if my body was trying to replace the carbs and sugars in the alcohol and the beer I drank with the sugar in sweets. I was drinking quite a bit and almost every night. This site has given me the answer.

  26. sandrar 11 September, 2009 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  27. Corinne 4 July, 2008 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I work as a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist. Also wrote a book on Amazon called Feed Your Need. Controlling blood sugar is INCREDIBLY helpful as a method for cutting both food cravings and alcohol cravings. There are powerful appetite centers in the brain that are triggered when STEEP angle changes occur to blood sugar levels. There’s no question that there’s a genetic component to these STEEP and sudden changes. Not everyone experiences them. In any case, if you’d like to know more, please read the CC7 tab at CraveCut.com. This work is my calling, not just my “business.” My father died as an untreated alcoholic and the amount of suffering that this disorder causes is nothing short of horrific. All that suffering, due to lack of the CORRECT information. Such a waste. Even if you choose NOT to use this CC7 supplement (and I list it here because someone specifically ASKED, on this thread … and if you enter code 777 … you can have it for half price) … I strongly recommend learning how to control blood sugar levels. Read Feed Your Need, or Mastering the Zone, or Protien Power, or any other good low carb book. Remember that essential fats are also critical in managing alcohol cravings. Best to all, Corinne

    • Jenn 10 August, 2011 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      Corinne is so right. I finally started taking Metformin (for PCOS), and the medication effectively controls blood sugar in a way I haven’t been able to. Immediately, I was able to cut out most of my alcohol intake — I had been drinking two beers or glasses a night, at minimum, and much more socially, so that it had become a problem — and I drastically cut back on smoking. Only then did I draw the concrete connection between the “way” I drink, which had been worsening, and the hypoglycemia/insulin resistance I hadn’t realized I had. Obviously a pill won’t “cure” out-of-control drinking, but if the root cause has anything to do with blood sugar, oh, boy, it can sure help. If a prescription pill isn’t an option, I have read that incessantly drinking cranberry juice really helps maintain a steady blood sugar, which helps if you’re trying to detox from cigarettes.

  28. mary 13 March, 2008 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I have a partner who is going through dificulties with alcohol and has endangered our small business and our relationship. He is a lovely person. kind, generous and gentle, he just can’t control the drinking.

    I would just like to say to any relatives of dependent people. You may have to be brave and take hard steps to help your relative or friend. I am still supporting my husband but I have asked him go to live somewhere else and enrol for rehab as a condition of my continued support. Only when he has proved that he can remain sober will I allow him to come home. I have to be firm because if he thinks that I am not resolute it definately won’t work. He wants his home and his relationship and doesn’t want to end up in the gutter so I’m hoping that he has the courage now to do it.

    Good luck to all those relatives and friends who are trying to help loved ones.

  29. Kelly 26 February, 2008 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    So glad I found this website. My drinking a 40 oz beer nightly, and two each weekend day has stopped as of Sunday. That was the first day I’ve not had alcohol since a few days in Nov., but been going on most of my life. This is the first time I’ve been able to tell anyone this, in an anonymous setting.

    Still, I don’t believe I’m alcoholic, like my father and past boyfriends. I believe it’s my poor diet and stress that makes me try to find solace in beer. And, it acts as a stimulant to me when I have no energy, yet had to remodel house myself to sell it. Tons of painting, ripping up old floors; beer gave me the energy to do it. I am stopping now because I am creating a new life, a slimmer, healthier me. It helps that I have a major goal of moving to a better city.

    I wonder, when I stopped, how it is affecting my body; I was so anxious Monday and last night I laid awake for hours, had migraine, shaky, nauseous, weepy. Blood sugar? Am I detoxing even from this small amount of alcohol?

    Thank you so much for being here.

  30. cafla 12 February, 2008 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    i’ve started an informal non-profit org. at my home. its called the sweet smell of sobriety. its an alternative to aa 12 step. at our gatherings twice a week we only work on the positive. no labels, just the originals we were given .mom ,dad, sister, brother.,im sure you get it. we serve no coffee, no sugar. just fresh fruit juices,bananas and peanuts. thank you for this website it has helped to make us all stronger………………carla

    • Rusty 21 June, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Wow, that sounds like a great idea. I am suffering from severe alcohol cravings and consumption after Gastric bypass. I was not given any info about the increase in alcohol desire before hand. They just said the sugar might cause problems. Well I am battling severe alcoholic cravings and have just begun to learn about diet management and supplements.
      I really need to find a support group such as yours here in MI. I have tried AA but feel the religious overtones and the continuous berating of one self to be counter productive. Is there any alternative?

    • e 28 September, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

      that’s awesome-so great your helping others-bewell carla

  31. justin 7 February, 2008 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    l-glutamine an amino acid has proven effective with alcohol cravings. also a chromium supplement can help as well with blood sugar issues. eating lots of small meals throughout the day, and lots of protein, also seem to help with blood sugar/ alcohol cravings.

    • Dee 13 January, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Justin, I take L-Glutamine and kudzu capsules and Vitamin B Complex. I have met a couple of lovely people on this site, only in the last couple of years. I am 43years old and have been drinking for under 20years, it is so hard to cut down. I have never been an impatient at a hospital, and never had detox. Only had counselling, AA, and group therapy. But to no avail!!! My willpower is appalling too. I am not proud of myself at all. I enjoyed reading your comment. Regards Dee.

  32. Cath 4 December, 2007 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I have an alcoholic partner, and the only way to help him is to 1st get the bread and the grain out of the house…. Bread brings on his cravings, maybe because it increases Candida. maybe yeast & sugar in bread ferments into alcohol. 2nd increase his protien in diet which lowers cravings and increases blood sugars while supporting liver. Fish (tinned if it has to be) meat and vegetables, little fried foods, no sugar or processed foods, kick starts the liver!!!! There are different types of alcoholics, some are high histamine types, some have low blood sugar and the other types, inclusing one that is an allergy type, i.e. allergic to alcohol, wheat, sugar, etc.

    I am a binge eater myself, and I do not drink alcohol, but did attend AA for binge eating once. I find the only way I can control the binge eating is to stay off meat, and everything else but chick peas, fish, potato, some figs, all vegetables but no friut as yet. Tests have shown I am high in progesterone, leading too depression and comfort eating. Meat encourages problem, by giving more off the wrong sort of hormones and zinc which stimulates appetite and fat that stresses liver in some. Although meat normally helps liver… liver needs protein to rebuild. Milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke, and some others helps detox and rebuild liver, BUT diet is most important.

    Love sent to you.

  33. CARTER 25 September, 2007 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    MY PROBLEM IS THAT WHEN I DRINK HEAVY(USUALLY AT HOME)I CANNOT CONTROL MY FOOD INTAKE. IT’S ALMOST LIKE BINGE EATING.

  34. admin 23 July, 2007 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Gina »

    Kudzu is the most effective, side-effect free, herbal extract for reducing your alcohol intake.

  35. gina 20 July, 2007 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant website – I too am trying to cut back on drinking, two bottles of wine a day is my problem – does anyone know of any herbal remedies to take away the craving…

    • Eve11 5 January, 2012 at 5:52 am - Reply

      L glutamine (amino acid) works wonderfully to reduce cravings for alcohol. Limited time tonight but wanted to reply. Google it and you will find good info and research that supports what I am saying.

  36. dollie 10 July, 2007 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    good to get the facts, the best way to logically overcome it

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