5 Tips To Help You Stop Drinking
There may be many reasons why you want to give up drinking. Some people may need to stop drinking due to medical issues. Others may choose to quit drinking for religious purposes or probably to move on to a healthier lifestyle. Whatever be your reason, we are here to support you and have come up with some tips to help you break the habit.
Let's take a look at some tips to help you stop drinking.
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Make your intentions clear to all
It is imperative that you tell your friends and family your intentions to quit alcohol. This is a good motivational tool, as you may often face situations where they will support you. So the next time you turn them down for a drink, they won't hate you for it. Rather, they may even reconsider going to a bar for your sake and may take you out for pizza instead!
Steer clear of temptation
In the initial stages,it is best to stay as far away from spirits as possible, should you get tempted to drink. This could mean that you'd have to avoid meeting the boys/girls after work to enjoy a pint. It could even mean you'd have to say goodbye to your favourite Karaoke bar, because your love for singing is directly proportional to the number of beers you had. Try going to restaurants that serve great food and no booze.
Give up slow and steady or go cold turkey
If you are looking for long term health benefits, slowing down on drinking makes more sense than to suddenly stop all together. The reason this approach is better suited is because it gives your body time to adjust to your new lifestyle, and you will be less likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Slowing down doesn't have to be difficult. You just need to cut your alcohol intake by half, and keep cutting it by half after every week. Before you know it, you'll be free of alcohol in your system.
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Give yourself a pat on the back
It is important to realise that you are making big changes to your lifestyle, and that rewarding yourself when you make progress is essential to keep you on the right track. Self-conditioning helps you subconsciously know that you are on the right path to achieving your goal. This will help keep you motivated and keep temptation away. You could simply collect the money that you would normally spend on alcohol, during the course of the week, and use it to treat yourself to something more meaningful. How about a nice juicy pizza? Or if weight is a concern, try using that money to go trekking or camping. Win-win situation, isn't it!
Reap the benefits!
As time goes by, you will notice that your decision to quit drinking is paying off. You will most certainly see a difference in the way you look and feel; your energy levels will shoot off the charts, you'll sleep well at night and most of all, you'll feel more alive and happy. Not to forget the fact that you may have just averted a whole range of ailments like liver damage, heart disease, cancer and problems with blood pressure.
If following these tips doesn't help you kick the habit, consider joining an alcoholic's rehabilitation program or join a support group to get the love and support of others. The important thing to remember is to stay focused and not lose hope. Good luck!