Did you know you can quit drinking by using meditation for alcoholism?

As someone who used to suffer from numerous addictions, trust me when I tell you: You can use meditation to quit drinking. There are some powerful psychological exercises for alcoholism, and they have been proven to work.

Before I quit every addiction simultaneously, I used to drink, smoke, watch adult videos; and I am certainly not proud of those things. Why do I tell you? Because if I can quit all those things with some simple exercises then so can you.

My biggest regret in my entire life is that I was unable to help my dad stop boozing. He died when I was in my twenties. Now, I want to help anyone I can to overcome this terrible addiction.

When I was caught in the cycle of an addictive personality, my life was a blur. I used to jump from one addiction to the next, boozing then smoking then binging on candy.

Then one day I happened to read a book about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a simple practice. It means focusing the mind on the present moment and being consciously aware.

It’s effortless but powerful.

I studied every aspect of mindfulness and meditation. Quit drinking. Started living a healthier life. And a few years later, I became a meditation teacher and launched this very blog.

Now, today, I teach people how to use meditation to quit drinking, to quit smoking, and to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.

So that brings us to this article today.

In this guide, I am going to show you how to quit drinking with meditation for alcoholism. I’ll share with you the science, my personal insights, and my top exercises that you can quit drinking.

By the end of this guide, you will see why meditation makes it easy to quit drinking alcohol.

Best Types Of Meditation To Stop Drinking Alcohol Today

The following are the best meditations for quitting drinking. Read through each, and click the links for complete tutorials to each method.

Body Scan

Cravings for alcohol usually begin as a physical sensation in the body. For instance, you may start to feel irritable or itchy when you don’t drink. This is the craving manifesting physically in your body.

The problem is that most people are not conscious of these triggers until too late. By the time you’re conscious of that itch telling you to drink, it’s already gotten a hold of you.

You need to become aware of your triggers so that you can control them before they make you drink.

The best way to do this is by using the body scan exercise. It’s a method that makes you more conscious of sensations in your body. When you practice this exercise, you will take control of all those little signals that tell you to drink.

This is definitely one of the best meditations for alcoholism. 

Mindfulness Meditation 

Science proves that the best meditation to quit drinking is mindfulness.

Mindfulness is simply the practice of being conscious of the present moment.

When we have an addiction, we are often lost in our thoughts, thinking of ways to get a hit of our addiction, or ways to recover from our addiction, or just plain thinking about our addiction. We’re never really now. We are not conscious of the present moment.

Mindfulness makes us more conscious. And when we become more aware, we take control.

This is scientifically proven to be the best meditation to quit drinking.  

Loving Kindness 

Often, addictions like alcohol and cigarettes have an emotional undertone [2]. Many people become addicts after trauma or after painful periods in life.

Difficult times can leave us feeling empty, angry, depressed, or just plain negative, and these emotions can make us reach for a glass of beer, wine, or whatever your favourite poison is.

Is there are an emotional undercurrent to your drinking? Is it caused or motivated by anger or resentment, or other negative feelings towards yourself or someone else?

If so, I highly recommend that you practice Loving Kindness.

Quitting drinking will be much easier when you feel loved and supported. And that is precisely what Loving Kindness will give you. 

 More methods

As well as using the exercises above, I recommend trying the following meditations to stop drinking:

Vipassana: Buddhist method in which you observe your thoughts and feelings. Increases self-control to reduce the effects of cravings.

Guided meditations for drinking cessation: For beginners, the easiest way to use meditation to quit drinking is with some guided meditations. These are available on Youtube.

Yoga and tai chi: These physical exercises create positive feeling and motivation so you’re in the right mindset to stop boozing.

Breathing methods: Excellent way of cultivating inner peace and relaxation if you stress-drink.

Mantras: Recite a relaxing and motivational mantra such as “I embrace my new, healthy, drink-free life.” This will produce positive thoughts to motivate you.

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Benefits of using meditation to stop drinking 

When you learn to meditate, you will find the power to stop cravings and overcome addictions.

In a moment, I will share with you the science and the instructions for quitting drinking with meditation.

But first a question: Why should you try this? There are so many other exercises and therapies for the alcoholic, ranging from residential care to hypnotherapy.

A shortlist includes:

However, in my experience, there is nothing more effective than meditation for alcoholism.

My personal insight

In my experience, most methods of quitting drinking take power away from you. Medications for alcoholism may work sometimes, but they also make you dependent on a tablet. Alcohol rehab centres can help for a while, but many people relapse after they leave [1].

Meditation is different. One of the best things about using meditation for alcoholism is that it is empowering.

I wholeheartedly believe in empowering people. And I think that the best way to do that is by teaching you the powers that you have within yourself. Not a tablet. Not a therapist. You. You are the cure to your problem. I believe that with every fibre of my being.

So why meditate? Simple. It gives you the power to take control of alcoholism by using your mind.

And I know, you might think “I don’t have that power.” And you are wrong. You have the power to change.

When you learn to meditate, you learn to control your mind and your emotions. You learn to take control of your cravings. And, more than anything, you discover that you have the power to quit alcohol for yourself. Meditating is a very empowering practice. More than any other technique for quitting drinking, meditation puts you in control.

Not only this, but there are more than 100 proven benefits of meditation.

So not only can you quit drinking with meditation, you will get a ton of other benefits from it too.

And science shows that it works.


Research on meditation and drinking cessation

Research published by the International Journal Of Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that alcoholics who practice mindfulness for just eleven minutes a day end up swigging less beer per week (compared to a control group).

The people in the mindfulness group were taught to mindfully observe their thoughts and feelings (and especially their cravings for eleven minutes per day).

University College London took a group of 68 adult alcoholics and taught them one single 11-minute lesson in mindfulness, which particularly focused on being conscious of bodily feelings and cravings.

The control group was taught relaxation techniques that were designed to reduce cravings.

During the following week, the group that had been taught mindfulness drank on average 9.3 units of alcohol less than they had done the week before.  And this after just one single eleven-minute lesson in mindfulness.

The study’s authors state that mindfulness is an effective treatment for alcoholics and recommend the use of mindfulness meditation to quit drinking.

So, that’s why you should use meditation for alcoholism.  


When it comes to quitting drinking, meditation can help in significant ways.

When you meditate, you become more consciously aware of the cravings and the triggers that make you drink. You also boost your willpower and make your mind sharper. Plus, even though you are using meditation for alcoholism, you will also get lots of additional health bonuses.

I’ve personally been successful in quitting drinking with meditation. And I hope this guide helps you to stop drinking too.

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Mindfulness Meditation for Alcohol Relapse Prevention: A Feasibility Pilot Study , Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD Department of Family Medicine (AZ, DR, MZ, MM, MF), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106278/


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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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  1. Meditation cannot cure racing thoughts, but the breathing and mental health techniques that come with meditation are clinically proven to slow things down. The breathing associated with mediation can convince your brain that everything’s alright and bring a peace you might not have felt in years. Remember that everything can happen, either one way or the other, but it is us who control how we react to it. Things do not come to us from outside, our lives are what we create. Therefore, we need to remain attentive and not sweep things under the rug. Pay close attention to your actions, to your daily habits, to the routines, notice even small changes, take note of what and why things happen, be proactive, choose wisely the people you surround yourself with, mind the language you use, take good care of your mental and physical well-being. These things might sound very general but when you look closely they matter each step of the journey.

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