Alcohol Cravings… How to Stop Thinking About Drinking
Alcohol Cravings: Does drinking alcohol seem to always be on your mind?
Do you sincerely want to quit or cut down on your alcohol consumption, and yet find yourself somehow focusing on it a good portion of the day?
Simply put, do you keep thinking about drinking alcohol?
If this seems like you, get ready for some offbeat advice that is an useful tool to help you get your mind off of the booze. And it’s so simple you’ll be able to do it right away!
Intentionally Guide Your Mind in Another Direction
Although your thoughts determine your actions, it’s important to recognize that the reverse of this is also true. That is, your words and responses can greatly influence your thought and feelings, and steer your consciousness in another direction. And as soon as you get your mind OFF of alcohol you’ll be LESS likely to consume it later in the day.
For instance, suppose you and I are relaxing at a dining table, and you are talking about alcohol cravings. Or perhaps just how difficult it is to avoid drinking alcohol. Maybe you are recalling how much fun you had once while drunk. You continue with story after story about alcohol and you.
Your thoughts is concentrated on booze and these alcohol cravings. You can talk for many hours about them. It’s apparent for me to see that you’ll probably be drinking it later on, as well. You’re thinking about drinking alcohol, and by focusing so much on it I can tell you INTEND to do it.
Now, visualize if I unexpectedly asked you about something I know you’re interested in. Say, politics. You may offer me a brief answer at first, because your mind is still concentrated on drinking alcohol. But, the more we talk about politics the more your opinions turn to the topic of politics, and away from alcohol consumption.
The words you are speaking are steering your mind away from alcohol. Your thought and feelings begin to match the topic of your conversation.
Two Methods to End Craving Alcohol
ALTER YOUR WORDS. Intentionally start talking out loud about a non-alcohol topic that you’re interested in. Even if you’re on your own, go ahead and converse. I won’t tell anybody. Example: take 5 mins to talk about your favorite musical group. Why you adore them? How have their tunes have affected you? What’s your favorite track from them, or happiest memory?
Why this works: talking about a non-alcohol topic will guide your thoughts towards whatever you are speaking about, and away from alcohol. You will start to CONSIDER the subject at hand.
CHANGE YOUR RESPONSES. Deliberately take any step that has absolutely nothing to do alcohol. Good example: take a 5 minute stroll, or take 5 mins to straighten up your home or flat. Or, get in touch with someone on the telephone, just to say hello etc.
Why this works: doing something that doesn’t involve alcohol will guide your mind in the direction of whatever you are doing. You will start to DEAL WITH the task at hand.
If you are having difficulty overcoming your dependency to alcohol because drinking seems to “always be on your mind”, then try the tips above. You’ll quickly discover that your thoughts begin to stray from the topic of alcohol, and your thoughts begins to concentrate on the topic or endeavor at hand.
In short, you will stop constantly thinking of drinking alcohol. Whether it’s your words or your responses, you are forcing your mind to think about something else as opposed to alcohol.
Despite the fact that you’re only investing 5 minutes on these little exercises, you are directing your mind in a different direction. It’s essentially mind games, as John Lennon sang about!
Rather than wallowing in your urge to drink, give your brain ANOTHER THING to deal with. Once you get your mind off of alcohol, your actions will soon follow. Try it. You’ll be happy you did.