Learning about the foods you eat and how they affect your body should be at the core of recovering from your sugar addiction. It’s wise to figure out how to make sense of the labels: Look for the part stating “Carbohydrates (of which sugars).”

Alcohol, for example, is an often overlooked source of sugar. Yet, it makes up, on average, 11% of your daily sugar intake. When you’ve some drinks with friends, try switching every other drink for water and using low-sugar mixers in your vodka or gin, such as soda water.

Even if you manage to steer clear of the obvious villains, such as desserts, chocolate, and sweets, your diet may still be overloaded with sugar from surprising sources, such as fruit juice or breakfast cereal. Going over the recommended limit with foods that at a glance seem to be a healthy choice means you are still at risk of tooth decay and weight gain, which can lead to other, more serious, illnesses.

If you want to take control of what you eat, you need to apply some serious sugar-busting techniques. Beating your sugar addiction isn’t about resistance, as it’s so often futile to simply rely on willpower. It’s about changing your habits for a long-term change. You’ll find some of the best ways to do so in this inforgraphic by Budget Direct Life Insurance. Bring your daily intake down and you’ll be amazed with how much better you feel – and how quickly.