If you find it difficult to cope with life without consuming alcohol daily, or nearly every day, you may be becoming dependent on drink .
If you have two or more drinks a day you are more likely to develop one of the alcohol influenced disorders.
These include liver and heart disorders, certain cancers, gout, diabetes, gastritis, chest infections, depression, mood swings, and mental breakdown.
A “drink” is a single measure (shot) of spirits (hard liquor), a half pint (lO oz) of beer, a glass (4.5oz) of wine, or a small sherry. Ask for help from Alcoholics Anonymous or another support group and set about adjusting your diet.
The basic healthy diet makes you much less likely to crave alcohol. If you are alcohol-dependent, it helps to reduce your addiction and replaces nutrients that alcohol has either supplanted, prevented the body from absorbing or using, or flushed out in the urine.
Diet check that you are eating plenty of raw vegetables and fruit, and cut down alcohol, or stop drinking it altogether. Alcohol contains many calories, but few useful nutrients. If you are an alcoholic you run the risk of becoming overweight and because alcohol satisfies your appetite, you may go short of vital nutrients.
The more you drink, the more important it is to choose your foods wisely your “junk food margin” is very small. Alcohol reduces the absorption and metabolic action of many nutrients, including most of the B vitamins, vitamins A and D, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, protein, certain amino acids, essential fatty acids, and glucose, and it tends to flush magnesium out of the body in the urine.
This means that it is easy to become deficient in these nutrients, and your diet should include foods rich in them. Foods rich in thiamine may help stop you craving alcohol it is possible that this craving may represent a food sensitive craving for the food from which the alcohol was fermented.
You may be sensitive to yeast, too. If you think this might apply to you, test for a food sensitivity. It is probably better to avoid alcohol just before conception, and during pregnancy, and too much alcohol while breastfeeding.