I recently came across a piece of new-to-me information on the process of breaking free of alcohol. It turns out that alcoholism and sugar addiction
are very closely linked in terms of metabolism. I feel it is really important to share this information since so many rehab centers do not address how
alcoholics need to avoid sugary foods and drinks.
So, what I gathered (the "take-home message") is that our bodies form metabolic pathways for the foods we eat. Alcohol and sugar share the same one,
so by quiting alcohol, we can satisfy our body's craving for that "nutritional void" by eating sugar; this is why alcoholics crave sugar during
recovery. In order to help break the craving for alcohol, it is recommended not to indulge in sweets since our bodies respond the same way to both.
(i.e., sugar addiction and alcohol addiction are the same in this aspect)
One might think that it's helpful to indulge in sweets instead of alcohol -- and it is better than consuming alcohol -- but, our bodies respond
similarly to sugar as they do to alcohol. So, wanting to break free of alcohol means cutting out high-sugar foods.
From this website
, here are some of the bits I found really
When you quit drinking for good, your hypoglycemia can drive you crazy with cravings. Sweets and high-sugar foods will satisfy the cravings
temporarily, but not with the supreme calm produced by alcohol. And if you keep eating sweets or drinking sweet drinks to satisfy the cravings, your
metabolism will remain about the same. That means you’ll continue to crave alcohol to calm you down.
But if you break your sugar addiction at the same time you quit drinking, you will not crave alcohol. It’s actually easier to quit alcohol and sugar
together, than it is to quit alcohol alone. You’ll learn how to do this later in this book.
And when you stop drinking, you can heal much of the damage from the disease if you change your diet.
(italics)So when you quit drinking, you must withdraw from both addictions: the food (or sugar) addiction of alcohol and the drug addiction of
In this case, cravings for both sweets and alcohol will diminish after a few weeks, and disappear after six months to a year. If you stop drinking,
yet continue to eat sugar foods, your hypoglycemia will drive you crazy with regular cravings for alcohol and sweets.