For me it was like merckx said: once I stopped putting alcohol in my body, the phenomenon of craving stopped.
So I knew that what I was experiencing as cravings were in my head. And my head was not screwed on too tightly!
I still had alcoholic thinking & I knew I had to re-educate my subconscious mind to think differently.
So I immersed my self in AA literature.
I carried around a pocket-size big book (still do!) and when Jose Cuervo started crooning to me I'd whip it out and start reading. It worked so good & kept me focused on what I wanted: sobriety.
Then I started on other AA reading - Living Sober, Came to Believe, Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, AA Comes of Age.....
and daily meditation books. It really helped me put AA into my blood and my brain.
I also carried a water bottle everywhere I went in case I got "thirsty". I used to joke at meetings that I HAD to keep coming back cuz I was always leaving my water jug behind.
Deep breathing is also helpful.
I imagine that I'm a leaf floating gently down the stream & that the stress or craving is passing, passing, passing away.
Exercise is great, as everyone has experienced, and so are hot bubble baths. They're not just for ladies!
And of course prayer is very powerful.
My favorite is, "Help. Thank You".
I love solutions.
Thanks for yours.