Seeing Green Spaces Reduces Addictive Cravings, Says Study
Why Nature is good for addiction and health

Being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods, new research has shown.

The study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby green space is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving.

It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity.

Leanne Martin, who led the research as part of her Master’s degree in Plymouth, said: “It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing.

“But for there to be a similar association with cravings from simply being able to see green spaces adds a new dimension to previous research.

“This is the first study to explore this idea, and it could have a range of implications for both public health and environmental protection programmes in the future.”

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