I was hoping someone with a better understanding of science could help me out. I just want to understand a little better what's happening with my body.
First off, I believe I am a total carbohydrate addict. I've been known to eat sweets or potato chips until I vomit, quite literally. I also drink way too much alcohol. My eating sweets and my drinking alcohol feel pretty much the same; I am driven to eat or drink MORE. And when I get drunk, I eat HUGE amounts of candy. When I eat cookies or drink beer, I do not want just one - I want one more, always. I gave up drinking for a year to see if I could. It wasn't very difficult - but in retrospect, I think I just replaced alcohol with more candy.
It just occurred to me that I tend to drink coffee in a similar way. I want more coffee. Recently, I had been eating clean low carb paleo for about a week. Then, I drank coffee all day. Then I felt so would up that I needed a drink. Then I drank many many beers, and ate a huge amount of gummi bears and chips. This lasted a couple days.
So, I know what need to do, I'm going very low carb paleo, no booze, for about two months. I'm hoping I can finally kick my carb addiction. But my suspicion is that my desire to drink is caused by the same underlying mechanism. I suspect that when I get off carbs, I won't desire to drink in the same way.
So, can anyone explain basically the physiological connection between carb addiction and alcohol binge drinking. And also whether over-consumption of caffeine can be connected to this as well. I assume that there might be something similar having to do with blood sugar and insulin, but I couldn't figure it out on my own. Thanks.