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How to Stop Drinking Wine For Good
Here's a question for you: what kind of alcohol to alcoholics drink most often? If you said beer or spirits, you are incorrect. Honestly, there are no hard and fast numbers to say that one kind of drink is preferred among problem drinkers than another. But we do know that it is just as easy to be an alcoholic hooked on wine as it is to be someone who consumes spirits and beer all day. We also know that it is not uncommon for alcoholics to turn exclusively to wine because it can be obtained cheaply and they perceive it as being less harmful.
In your case, you may confine your drinking to a few glasses of wine every night. But that does not mean you do not have a drinking problem. Drinking problems are not defined by your choice of alcohol or the quantity you consume. They are defined by your level of physical and psychological tolerance and dependence. Drinking wine every night can be just as problematic as drinking whisky.
Are you interested in learning how to stop drinking wine? We can help. The counsellors that staff our 24-hour helpline are standing by to answer your questions and offer you sound advice. We will listen to everything you have to say. We will not lecture you in an attempt to make you feel bad about yourself or your problem. Our primary mission is to ensure you get the help you need to stop drinking.
Tips for Problem Drinkers
The medical community generally accepts three levels of alcohol misuse. These are problem drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcoholism. Problem drinking is the least serious of the three, but it can lead to eventual abuse and alcoholism if not dealt with. Not all problem drinkers necessarily need professional help from a rehab clinic or physician.
You can try the following tips for problem drinkers to see if they work. If you do not see results within a few weeks, it is a wise idea to seek professional help for a potential alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
- Create a Record – The first tip for reducing wine consumption is to start keeping a record of how much you actually do drink. Record every instance of drinking for the next few days as a starting point. This benchmark will give you something to shoot for as you gradually cut down. If you are drinking three glasses of wine per day, that means nine glasses in three days. Try reducing that to seven glasses.
- Find Outlets for Stress – Heavy wine drinkers tend to use stress as a reason to drink. Wine helps them relax they say, so they always have a bottle on hand whenever things get stressful. If you want to stop drinking so much, you have to find other outlets for stress. Try exercise or art. Both are far better for you than drinking.
- Do Not Binge Drink – Some confine themselves to a few glasses of wine during the week only to binge drink every weekend. If this is a pattern you practice, you need to stop binging. And if you cannot stop binging, it is likely you have already advanced beyond problem drinking into either alcohol abuse or dependence.
- Remove Wine from the House – If you fear your daily consumption of wine is getting out of control then simply remove wine from the house. Again, you may have already advanced to alcohol abuse or dependence if you cannot seem to rid your home of wine.
- Drink Slowly – If you do continue to drink wine, drink it slowly. Long sips allow you to enjoy the experience and limit your intake at the same time. Don't gulp your wine quickly or you are likely to head right back to the bottle to get another glass.
All of these suggestions are intended only for problem drinkers who have not yet advanced to the alcohol abuse or dependence stage. If these tips do not work for you, don't make the mistake of assuming you cannot stop drinking. Admit that your problem is more advanced and that you need professional help.
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Learning how to stop drinking if you are an alcohol abuser or alcoholic is a much more challenging proposition. For you, wine is more than just a social drink or a way to help you unwind and relax after a stressful day at work. It has become a security blanket of sorts, a security blanket that you simply cannot live without. Any evidence of alcohol abuse or dependence in your life is evidence that you need to seek professional treatment.
Treatment begins with an assessment of your current condition. We can provide an initial assessment when you call our 24-hour helpline. Our counsellors are fully trained to conduct telephone interviews that will give us a good idea of where you stand. We can then refer you to a private clinic or other treatment provider in your area capable of helping bring an end to your drinking problem.
At the start of any professional treatment, a patient will undergo a comprehensive physical and psychological exam conducted by doctors and therapists. The results of this examination provide the basis for the design of a bespoke treatment plan that meets the patient where he or she is. It could be followed by any or all of the following treatments:
- Detox – If detox is necessary, the patient undergoes a 7-to-10-day treatment designed to allow the body to naturally cleanse itself of alcohol and its related toxins. Prescription medications may be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and prevent certain kinds of medical emergencies. Detox conducted by one of our private clinics is always medically supervised.
- Rehab Therapy – Rehabilitative therapy can take many forms. On one day it might be a group counselling session followed by one-on-one counselling the next day. The third day might be devoted to exercise and nutrition. The whole point of rehabilitative therapy is to address the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction.
- Skills Building – An alcohol abuser or alcoholic who completes a residential treatment programme will have to eventually reintegrate into normal life. Before that happens, he or she will need to learn essential skills to prevent relapse. That is the point of skills building therapies.
- Group Support – Support group participation is an important component in almost every treatment plan. Group support has proven effective after since it was established by Alcoholics Anonymous back in the late 1930s.
- Ongoing Support – Even after professional treatment has concluded, problem drinkers need ongoing support from friends, family members, and counsellors. An effective treatment programme includes helping clients establish a support system they can rely on after treatment concludes.
For more details about how to stop drinking wine, please contact us on our 24-hour helpline or through our website. We want you to get well. We do not want you to continue drinking under the assumption that wine is less harmful than beer or spirits. It is all equally dangerous.
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