Alcohol consumption has long been a prevalent social norm in many cultures worldwide. However, excessive alcohol intake is associated with many negative health impacts, including addiction, liver damage, and increased risk of cancer. While there are various treatments available to help individuals reduce or quit drinking, recent research has shown that probiotics may also have potential in this regard. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are believed to positively impact human health when consumed in adequate amounts. But, can they help with reducing alcohol cravings? This question is becoming increasingly relevant, as more and more people seek alternative, natural remedies to support their efforts to combat alcohol addiction. In this article, we explore what probiotics are, how they work, and whether they could potentially help individuals experiencing alcohol cravings.You also could see another post where we talk about HOW DO PROBIOTICS SUPPORT IMMUNE FUNCTION DURING HANGOVERS? .
A recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that probiotics may help reduce alcohol cravings. The study included 60 participants who were randomly assigned to either a probiotic or placebo group. The participants in the probiotic group were given a daily dose of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum for 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, the participants in the probiotic group reported significantly lower alcohol cravings than those in the placebo group. Additionally, they also reported improved mood and quality of life scores compared to those in the placebo group. These findings suggest that probiotics may be an effective tool for reducing alcohol cravings and improving overall wellbeing.
|The available research on the effects of probiotics on reducing alcohol cravings is still limited. A 2017 study found that taking a probiotic supplement for 8 weeks reduced alcohol cravings in people with alcohol use disorder. The study also found that the participants had fewer cravings for sweet and fatty foods.
|A 2020 study found that participants who took a probiotic supplement for 8 weeks had significantly lower levels of cravingrelated hormones compared to those who took a placebo. The participants also reported lower levels of anxiety and depression, which may have contributed to their reduced alcohol cravings.
|In addition, a 2019 systematic review concluded that there is some evidence to suggest that probiotics may be beneficial in reducing alcohol cravings, although more research is needed to confirm this finding.