Steps To Help You Give Up Alcohol
A large number of people only think about giving up drinking when they get sick as a result of too much alcohol intakes. If you are lucky then you might decide to quit long before you have any health issues; it could be because you get terrified at the thought of what you are doing to your body and life or you might have found out that the heavy drinking is ruining your relationships and finances too. Whatever your reasons to give it up, it will not be an easy process, but when you are committed to the process, then it won’t be that hard to finally quit and start living a healthier happier life without being dependent on alcohol.
Step 1 – Start by writing down the reasons why you finally want to quit. Are you doing it to improve relationships? Sleep better, feel and be healthier or to create a more responsible image for yourself? It does not have to be one reason, list down all the reasons as to why you must give up alcohol. This list will act as your motivation to keep up the efforts even when you start feeling like going back.
Step 2 – Set drinking goals that you can stick to. If you are a heavy drinker, it might not be advisable to stop abruptly. It is better that you start limiting your drinking and then move towards abstaining completely. Set your own standard drink limits and ensure that you stick by them no matter how tempting the situation might be. In your goals, you can set aside alcohol free days in your week, especially if you drink on a daily basis. These days will help you cut your dependency on alcohol and you will feel happy and motivated when you make it through them without falling. You can then increase the number of days you go without alcohol and turn them into weeks and months gradually.
Step 3 – Let your intentions be known to people around you like friends and family. They can be really supportive and will keep your eyes fixed on the goal. You can find a quit partner so you can draw strength from each other and keep going to the very end. When you let people know, you will avoid situations where your drinking friends invite you and offer you drinks.
Step 4 – Stay away and eliminate all tempting situations. The first thing you want to do is to get rid of all alcohol you have at home; it is a good way to start limiting your drinking. You also want to be careful where you have your meetings or where you eat out. Restaurants that do not serve alcoholic drinks are best when you are trying to quit. You also want to avoid attending events that will end up tempting you to drink. It also is a good idea to stay away for some time from drinking friends who seem to always want to drag you right back into the alcohol.
Step 5 – Get busy to keep your mind off alcohol. You can go back to a hobby that you like or pick a new exciting one. Sporting activities can also be very helpful. Choose as many activities as you can handle and enjoy to help you keep your mind off drinking. The busier you are, the less time you will have to spare for a drink.
You can use foods and essential oils that suppress the urge to take alcohol when you are trying to give it up. It might take time, but when you are persistent you will come out successful.
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