Alcoholics are terrible eaters! Reasons range from plain forgetfulness, not enough ‘fast food’ readily available, buzz kill, weight gain and more. Already prone to serious effects of alcohol on the body (liver problems, etc…) it is important that people suffering from alcohol dependence, and those in the process of quitting, should make every attempt to improve their nutritional habits. By just following a few simple rules and adding a spice of discipline into a daily regimen, an alcoholic can not only vastly improve their health, but perhaps minimize their cravings for alcohol consumption. Here’s how:
First and foremost, an empty stomach must be avoided because feeling empty or ‘depleted’ may be yet another excuse to reach for a drink. If you have a current drinking problem or are in alcohol abstinence, you should strive to eat at three balanced meals a day with a special emphasis on having a healthy and hearty breakfast. Eating well in the morning gives you mental strength, which may help fight off alcohol cravings that develop later in the day. NOTE: Drinking on an empty stomach is very toxic and dangerous. During these times, all attempts should be made to put food in your stomach.
Avoid caffeine at all costs, especially if you have a hangover or if you’ve been drinking regularly. The body and nerves of a person having alcohol dependence is already jittery and ravaged, and taking another drug (caffeine) can do no good. Caffeine abstinence can also help reduce the likelihood of what alcoholics call ‘the shakes.’
Dehydration is one of the common effects of alcohol on the body. Thusly, an abundance of purified, filtered or spring water should be drank as often as possible morning, day and night. One way to know if you’re dehydrated is to notice the color & smell of your urine. If your urine is white and odorless then you’re probably properly hydrated. If the urine is yellow and smelly, your body is water-deficient. Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you at all times or consider buying a water filter to attach to your home kitchen faucet (it will save you money).