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    Hello, I believe that a paleo, primal diet makes transitioning from a practicing alcoholic to a non drinker vital.
    I stopped drinking and addressed my health and diet issues all at once. I went paleo and stopped sugar and white processed stuff. I was shocked to see how many alcoholics are seriously addicted to sugar. A typical AA meeting has large bowls of candy and or donuts. EVERYONE complains of how to deal with alcohol cravings, but when I got sober I stopped everything that I craved and I DON'T crave alcohol. This is a fascinating theory. Imagine if alcoholism is just a by product of SAD diet. I am a bartender by trade and I DON'T crave alcohol.

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    That is awesome! It makes sense that it would work for some alcoholics! Congrats and keep up the awesome journey! LOTS to celebrate

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    Congratulations of quitting drinking. I think for many people diet is a significant issue when it comes to addiction.

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    In this video, Dr Robert Lustig shows how sugar and alcohol are very similar in the way they are processed by the body and the brain receptors they excite. The connection between sugar and alcohol is real.

    Sugar: The Bitter Truth - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    In this video, Dr Robert Lustig shows how sugar and alcohol are very similar in the way they are processed by the body and the brain receptors they excite. The connection between sugar and alcohol is real.

    Sugar: The Bitter Truth - YouTube
    Good video, BTW. I heard this back in the early 80's but didn't know what to make of it. A friend who struggled with alcoholism also had a terrible time trying to quit sugar.

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    This sugar/alcohol connection makes sense. I am definitely kicking my addiction to both. Just seems the more stress I have on any given day, the more I want a glass of wine.

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    me too,Just seems the more stress I have on any given day, the more I want a glass of wine.thanks for your sharing.

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    When I eat strict paleo I find that my alcohol cravings disappear as well. In addition to sugar issues, I wonder if it also may be related to the casomorphins and gluteomorphins in dairy and wheat respectively. Whether there is scientific basis for this or not, I don't know, but intuitively it makes perfect sense to me. Alcoholism is a neolithic disease so it stands to reason that neolithic foods are a possible culprit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    In this video, Dr Robert Lustig shows how sugar and alcohol are very similar in the way they are processed by the body and the brain receptors they excite. The connection between sugar and alcohol is real.

    Sugar: The Bitter Truth - YouTube
    Good link. I remember Nora Gedgaudas making essentially the same claim in Primal Body, Primal Mind

    And I agree. When I drink OR eat sugar, I look forward (crave is maybe too strong a word) to a drink. When I'm ketogenic and alcohol-free, I am truly indifferent.

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    hmmm, never thought of this but seems to be (kinda) the case for me too. i started primal in Nov but went off track over the holidays. but come jan 1 i was back on and joined a friend in a "no booze january". i was surprised how easy it has been to stop drinking. i am not an alcoholic but do enjoy my wine so thought i would be more tempted. maybe cutting the carbs contributed.
    good on you though for turning your life around! that is seriously admirable.

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