Cravings are wants or feelings reminding about how it would feel to have a drink. Urges are a strong push causing you to take action to drink. You can't control the thoughts that pop into your head during the day, but you can control how you react to those thoughts.
According to a 2014 study on Pharmacological Approaches to Reducing Urges in Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders, there are numerous challenges people face when it comes to all kinds of urges. However, with the right strategies, you can learn how to manage them successfully.
So, the next time you feel an urge, don't tell yourself to stop thinking about it. Instead, use these strategies to help you cope.
Notice the Discomfort
The first step to managing your urges is to notice the discomfort that may happen. Focus your awareness on this internal trigger. What feelings did you have right before the urge started?
It's likely to be any range of negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, restlessness, feeling incompetent, or unworthy. When you become aware of your trigger, it's easier to stop yourself from reacting to an urge.