Many people who consume alcohol do so because it helps them relax, unwind or calm their nerves. For many drinkers, alcohol offers them a good escape from their stressors. Unfortunately, overreliance on alcohol can easily lead to addiction. With time, the alcohol use itself may end up turning into a stressor.
Keeping in mind that stress will always be a factor in a person’s life, it is important to figure out other healthier ways of relieving or coping with this stress without having to rely on alcohol. The good news is that there actually are healthier alternatives out there that will give you the same effect as alcohol though without the addiction.
Below are the three healthy alternatives. Think of this as the beginning of your rehab.
#The kava plant
Kava is a medicinal plant that is native to the South Pacific. It is used in the production of a social drink which is quite popular and consumed just like alcohol. This particular plant is popular for its ability to relive stress, anxiety, insomnia and even relieve depression. It also has the ability to relieve headaches, muscular pain and even promote the quick healing of wounds. The Kava plant works through taking its effects directly to the brain as well as parts of the Central Nervous System. It is considered as a safer alternative to alcohol because of these similar benefits which come without the addiction. The only downside of Kava is that in the long run it is believed that it may have a negative impact on the liver.
L-theanine is a chemical that is derived from tea leaves as well as some edible mushrooms. This particular chemical has properties that help in relieving stress. The downside of the chemical is that it may cause dizziness and even headaches however, the user will enjoy it because ultimately, what they are looking for is something to alleviate their stress and calm their nerves without resulting into an addiction.
#The valerian herb
The valerian herb is mostly used in the treatment of sleep disorders. It has also proven useful in relieving of stress, headaches and migraines, as well as stomach upsets. It is believed that some people have successfully applied it in the treatment of depression, mild tremors, joint pain, as well as epilepsy. It works through acting like a sedative when it gets to the brain and the nervous system.
Keeping in mind that the whole reason you take alcohol is to calm your nerves and attain some form of relaxation, it may be a good idea to try something new which gives you the kick, but without the possibility of addiction.
Do let us know if you have come across any other healthy alternatives to alcohol.