Who doesn’t enjoy chocolate? Whether you indulge in a small nugget in the early morning or prefer eating a nice big chocolate brownie as a snack, each of us enjoys a taste of this deliciously sweet treat that was once the food of aristocrats. In fact, chocolate might be one of the most innocent foods in the world, loved by children and adults alike. So, would you imagine that this delectable confection might share a connection with alcohol problems? As bizarre as this may sound, research has indicated that the attraction to chocolate might trigger the same pleasurable effects as alcohol (on the same level, in fact). So, when one of your friends claims she is addicted to chocolate, you might want not want to take that phrase so lightly. Here’s a closer look at the strange connection between chocolate cravings and alcohol cravings.
Contributing to Cravings
As researchers have indicated, some people may actually be “addicted” to chocolate (in a way). Simply put, this sweet treat just so happens to contain the same amount of alkaloid compounds as (you guessed) alcohol. Also, keep in mind that many people who are recovering from alcohol problems will start eating chocolate to put a damper on their cravings and triggers. Now, you might see the connection.
In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (Madrid, Spain) discovered that a cluster of alkaloids called tetrahydro-beta-carbolines are found in regular chocolate powder and sugary candied versions, and, as Thomas Herraiz (a member of the study) points out, these same components were previously found in alcoholic drinks. Furthermore, he explains how magnesium and caffeine (another common drug in our society) may also trigger cravings. Overall, the denser and richer the chocolate, the stronger the concentration of alkaloids, caffeine, and magnesium.
It’s a Woman Thing
Unsurprisingly, research has also indicated that women experience more cravings for chocolate goodness than their male counterparts. The Diabetes Association has confirmed that only 15% of men have strong cravings for this treat, while a larger 40% of women crave chocolate. Furthermore, 75% of these women claim that only chocolate can suppress their appetites. As Adam Drewnowski (a nutritionist for the University of Michigan) explains, women may be attracted to this food because (quite literally) chocolate triggers overwhelming pleasure.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is a dangerous drug that can and will eventually inflict tremendous damage on your mind, body, and social life. Also, based on this report, you might want to closely observe your chocolate intake, particularly if you are a woman. If you exhibit a strong attraction to this substance, then you might want to reconsider taking a sip of alcohol during an “experiment.” Are you suffering from a case of alcohol use disorder? Do you have a friend who is also coping with this problem? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to put a stop to your alcohol use disorder today.