There are many situations in life that create alcohol cravings â€“ a special occasion or event, parties, peer pressure, a national holiday or just an outing with friends. Also alcohol cravings can strike when you are alone.
You know yourself well enough to know what an alcohol craving can trigger in you and how it can result in a binge with potentially disastrous consequences. So if you want to ward of alcohol cravings here are some tips that may help:
1. Physically remove yourself from the situation that is causing the craving. Now while this may be difficult if not impossible seeming if you are with friends at a bar, step out for a breath of fresh air or for a chat with a friend away from the loud music. Or you may suggest that the whole party move on to dinner, if it is possible without seeming like a wet blanket.
2. Speak to someone supportive when you feel the urge coming on. It could be a friend, a parent, sibling or even therapist, speak to them immediately, it could help calm you down and give you something else to think about.
3. Donâ€™t isolate yourself. Often feelings of loneliness or just being alone can bring on a craving. Being with others, particularly someone you can trust can help to retrieve the situation.
4. Engage in physical activity â€“ go for a walk, swim or bike ride, lift some weights or use a punching bag if that is more your speed. Itâ€™ll help clear your mind and divert it, by doing something that is actually good for you.
5. If required vent your ire and your negative emotions on a pillow or even do some yelling.
6. Do something that you enjoy doing â€“ take a soothing bath, listen to music or immerse yourself in a good book. Bring out the telescope and do some star gazing, the wonder and enormity of the universe may just put your problems in perspective.
7. Engage in a relaxing activity or practice relaxation techniques â€“ deep breathing, meditation, etc., will help you observe your cravings in a detached manner and give you derived perspective.
8. Vent by writing. Either put pen to paper and write the old fashioned way or vent in an online blog or a private diary on your PC. Writing down your feelings can help you relax, feel stronger and think clearer.
9. Think of how much it will cost to give in to your craving; weigh the economics of it!
10. Be strong, resist the urge and DO NOT PICK UP THAT DRINK!
Kicking your alcohol dependency may prove to be tough, but it can be done with the help of professional treatment, as well as several useful tips that you can get from other rehabilitated alcoholics.