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How to Stop Drinking

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Whether you are a heavy drinker or have already descended into alcohol abuse or alcoholism, just the thought of stopping can be daunting. By definition, if you are an alcoholic, you have no control over your drinking. It is, therefore, extremely difficult to even contemplate leaving the alcohol completely. However, it is important for your health, as well as your relationships with those around you, that your drinking habits change drastically. It will not be easy and you will need a strategy and a lot of help. Below we offer some tips on cutting down or even stopping alcohol consumption completely.

How Do I Cut Down on My Drinking?

The first thing that you need to do is acknowledge that you are drinking too much or that your drinking is out of control. That’s also not as easy as it could first appear; it maybe that you are ambivalent about stopping the drink. There are some ways to help yourself until you’re ready to stop completely.

The first is to make sure that you change your drinking habits. That means making important decisions about where and when you are going to drink. To help you track your drinking patterns, it is a good idea to keep a ‘drinking diary’. Every time you have a drink, write down the date, time, and place of the drink; keep this diary on your fridge or somewhere that you can see it regularly. Maintain the diary for a month and then examine how much you are drinking and when. You may be very surprised about how much you actually do drink.

The next step is to avoid temptation. Keep only a small amount of alcohol at home or, better yet, none at all. If it is not readily accessible, you are less likely to drink. Restrict your alcohol intake when you go out to only a few drinks. Try to avoid socialising in a pub or a place where alcohol is readily available. If you have to go out, drive there. Make sure that you are the designated driver, then you cannot drink at all.

Give yourself some days in the week when you don’t drink at all. Start with one day and build it up until you can go a whole week without drinking. When you do drink, drink slowly and take breaks between drinks by having a juice or some water instead of another alcoholic drink. Try to space drinks about an hour apart.

How Do I Stop Drinking?

When you’re ready to stop drinking altogether, it’s advisable to go through a detox period. This can be done either at home or in a hospital or other related facility. If you are a heavy drinker or an alcoholic, you should do the detox under medical supervision so that you can receive the correct medication to help you with withdrawal and cravings and to prevent serious medical side effects from arising. The medication will also help with the cravings.

If you need any help, advice or additional information, please contact Alcohol Rescue at any time. We are here for you.

Whether you are a heavy drinker or have already descended into alcohol abuse or alcoholism, just the thought of stopping can be daunting. By definition, if you are an alcoholic, you have no control over your drinking. It is, therefore, extremely difficult to even contemplate leaving the alcohol completely. However, it is important for your health, as well as your relationships with those around you, that your drinking habits change drastically. It will not be easy and you will need a strategy and a lot of help. Below we offer some tips on cutting down or even stopping alcohol consumption completely.
How Do I Cut Down on My Drinking?
The first thing that you need to do is acknowledge that you are drinking too much or that your drinking is out of control. That’s also not as easy as it could first appear; it maybe that you are ambivalent about stopping the drink. There are some ways to help yourself until you’re ready to stop completely.
The first is to make sure that you change your drinking habits. That means making important decisions about where and when you are going to drink. To help you track your drinking patterns, it is a good idea to keep a ‘drinking diary’. Every time you have a drink, write down the date, time, and place of the drink; keep this diary on your fridge or somewhere that you can see it regularly. Maintain the diary for a month and then examine how much you are drinking and when. You may be very surprised about how much you actually do drink.
The next step is to avoid temptation. Keep only a small amount of alcohol at home or, better yet, none at all. If it is not readily accessible, you are less likely to drink. Restrict your alcohol intake when you go out to only a few drinks. Try to avoid socialising in a pub or a place where alcohol is readily available. If you have to go out, drive there. Make sure that you are the designated driver, then you cannot drink at all.
Give yourself some days in the week when you don’t drink at all. Start with one day and build it up until you can go a whole week without drinking. When you do drink, drink slowly and take breaks between drinks by having a juice or some water instead of another alcoholic drink. Try to space drinks about an hour apart.
How Do I Stop Drinking?
When you’re ready to stop drinking altogether, it’s advisable to go through a detox period. This can be done either at home or in a hospital or other related facility. If you are a heavy drinker or an alcoholic, you should do the detox under medical supervision so that you can receive the correct medication to help you with withdrawal and cravings and to prevent serious medical side effects from arising. The medication will also help with the cravings.
If you need any help, advice or additional information, please contact Alcohol Rescue at any time. We are here for you.

Source:
 https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/overcoming-alcohol-addiction.htm

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