No need for alcohol anymore

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Who experienced since LC/ZC relief from cravings for alcohol/drugs? I think there is a huge connection which explains why so many people with brain issues find improvements in their symptoms. E.g. epileptics, autism, ms, bipolar, ED if they stay LC/ZC. So it??s the same for alcohol/drugs?

5959 · February 15, 2010 at 3:40 AM

I agree about the correlation between sugar addiction and alcoholism. I've had wonky blood sugar all my life (carbohydrate sensitivity), and I've been addicted to both carbs and alcohol. My biological mother was from a family of hardcore alcoholics, and I abused alcohol from the first day I could buy it.

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4528 · February 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Yes! We weren't exactly heavy drinkers before, but I truly don't want the stuff much anymore - except for the occasional dry red wine with friends. A stronger testimonial: My husband has actually sworn off beer (OMG!) completely, because A. he doesn't really want it anymore, and B. when he does try to drink a little socially, he feels crummy afterwards.

I absolutely believe there is a correlation between sugar addiction and alcoholism.

5959 · February 15, 2010 at 3:40 AM

I agree about the correlation between sugar addiction and alcoholism. I've had wonky blood sugar all my life (carbohydrate sensitivity), and I've been addicted to both carbs and alcohol. My biological mother was from a family of hardcore alcoholics, and I abused alcohol from the first day I could buy it.

2379 · February 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Yes. 44 days without a drink and counting...

I have been paleo/LC for a few years and had kept drinking -- sometimes quite a lot -- during that time, but I began to notice my tolerance going way way down. I drank so much during the holidays last year that I quit for the New Year because I was feeling so lousy. Alcohol used to be such a huge, seemingly essential part of my life. Now? I don't miss it at ALL!

2517 · May 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It's been almost a month for me. It's funny -- I thought I'd miss it in some capacity (the taste, the buzz) but I don't. The sobriety, as I tell people, is quite refreshing after all these years.

260 · February 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I haven't noticed that. I did do pizza and beer at a friends and suffered for it the next 2-3 days. Stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation (figure that one out) headaches, neusea, and this isn't hangover stuff, I only had 3 beers over the night. I won't do that again for a long time! But I still enjoy a scotch at night and my wife and I will crack open a wine bottle every few nights.

1781 · January 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM

After giving it a good old nudge from about 16 till 50 (about 4 years ago) I decided I just didn't want to drink anymore and haven't touched a drop since. And I don't miss it a bit. I was curious as to how my drinking buddies might treat me but no worries. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and the money I've saved is an added bonus..

10778 · January 05, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I'm still enjoying dry hard apple cider, dry wines, and some rum here and there.

I like it, but I never Need it, and even the dry stuff has a sweet taste to me now.

65 · February 14, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Since going LC I have cut way back on alcohol. I didn't expect this and I wasn't on a mission to cut out the suds. I still like the taste of wine and beer and I have no adverse effects when I have a glass or two, I simply have little interest any more. It just happened along the way.

70 · February 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Since going low carb / ketoadapted 1 year ago I no longer enjoy alcohol. on 2 occasions I have tried to drink beer with mates I have felt dreadful within hours. Alcohol wise it seems I am now limited to occasional dry whites, reds, and clear spirits with soda. its the same with occasional chocholate treats similar effect. I agree with you that low carb probably optimises neurological health

6092 · February 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Well, it has been shown that beer can have a stronger insulin response than some sugary drinks. I wonder if some of that craving is a tie between carb cravings and the carbs found in beer. Personally, I have reduced my alcohol intake for the purpose of reigning in low level inflammation. I imagine it's harder to build muscle and train when it's trying to repair damage done with alcohol poison. As well, hops in beer has isoflavones which may or may not have deleterious effects on the hormone levels in men. There are some reports of many young men in Bavaria with man-boobs.

0 · January 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I have been mostly paleo for over a year. I am more strickt at times than others but I am down about 30 lbs total in a year.

I noticed when I drink now, I don't have the tolerence that I once had. I also rarely had "memory loss" durring drinking before. Now I seem to experience it often. I don't get too drunk but it doesn't take that much.

There has to be some sort of connection but I don't know what it is.

5773 · January 05, 2011 at 6:16 PM

The biggest testiment to the relationship between sugar addiction for me is that the more I drink the more I crave, just like sugar. No other food does that to me.

1165 · May 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM

I lost my desire for beer and somewhat for wine. I just drink whiskey on the rocks. One or two and I'm fine. I've never craved alchohal so I can't comment on that end

5001 · May 22, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Well, I shall be very pleased if I find that I have "gone off" wine! I do have too much - and intend to cut it down severely, but it will be a choice at present, not a naturally dwindling interest. Sadly....

22923 · May 22, 2010 at 4:16 AM

Dry red is all I care for anything carbed up leaves me feeling washed out 1-2 drinks or I regret it which means to me, more than 2 is more than I can safely process

20 · May 22, 2010 at 3:55 AM

I haven't noticed any change in my desire for alcohol...I have noticed a difference in my hangovers when I do. My theory is that my body liver is better able to handle it since it has been processing carbs the rest of the week. Could also just be I am drinking more water the rest of the week. Can't prove/disprove either theory, but it (easier hangovers) has happened often enough i do believe there is a connection.

80 · February 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM

I've had no issue with alcohol per se since adapting paleo ways of eating. But beer is another story. I used to LOVE beer and can no longer drink it at all. I get visibly inflamed (my wife calls it "puffy beer face") for about 24 hours and have horrible digestive issues if I drink a pint! Probably a sign of gluten intolerance since I can (and do) drink red wines without any similar problems.

100 · February 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I have almost completely lost any desire for good dark chocolate during the last 8 months of LC, increasingly paleo. Wish I could say the same about beer :-(

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