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How To Stop Drinking For Good

The more you drink, the worse it gets. This is especially true for those who drink to excess. You can change your lifestyle, but doing so is hard and will result in a significant loss of time and energy. I believe that when that happens, you should stop drinking — for good.

The good news is, you don’t have to give up booze forever. I’ve made the case in previous blogs that it’s far too easy to relapse and stay stuck in a pattern of drinking. You can do the same thing in an environment where drinking is expected without consequence, as much as it is for a lot of folks that drink too much because they think no one can tell, or because they are afraid to admit or admit to themselves that they have a problem. At any rate, it’s always good to stop drinking in order to not only avoid the hangover, but to avoid the feeling of needing to have that first drink ever again. But what do you do if you’re already an alcoholic — a “regular drinker”? How does one stop drinking again? The answer is simple. The less you drink, the less likely you will develop cravings or relapses, as I discussed here , in a post for this blog about the science behind cravings.   (If you are recovering from an addiction , you’ve probably heard this one before.) For some people, drinking is not an addiction at all, but another tool for dealing with the stress and pain of being human. For others, alcoholism is not an illness, but a problem they must confront daily to survive. For others, drinking helps them feel closer to family, friends, and people they work with every day.

If you are a “regular drinker”, the first thing you should do is stop drinking at all costs. There’s an old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” Why not try to achieve sobriety?

The most successful way to quit drinking is to abstain for a period of time, which is the goal of the “Quit Drinking For Good” program that I created and provide. In order to be successful, however, you first have to quit. And in order to quit, you must be absolutely determined to do it. Once the desire to drink has been overcome, it can take at least a year or two before it becomes habit (i.e., after you have been “out” of drinking for over a year, you will have almost zero chance of relapsing again).

It seems simple, but if you are having trouble overcoming your desire to drink, then you most likely aren’t ready to quit, period! There’s a reason most people don’t quit alcohol — it is not easy — and you don’t want to go through life wondering, “Well what if I go back to my old ways?” In addition to the problem of getting drunk every weekend or having one drink every night, there are all kinds of problems that are associated with alcohol abuse (alcoholic mothers, alcoholism, mental illness, etc.).   But if you start to look at what is actually going on, you’ll have a better chance of finding a solution.

The first step is to stop drinking altogether for a period of time. The easiest way to do this is to start on a 20-day “quit or relapse” program, so be sure you want to quit right now.

Here’s how to quit drinking for good (which will make you a “Quit Drinking For Good” member of this program):

What if I am drinking to get into the mood? This happens every, and I mean every time I decide to drink. At first, it might be annoying, but later I realize all of the little things about myself that motivate me to drink. I realize that if I just have 2 drinks, I will be able to get in the mood and if I have 9 drinks, my friends will not be the only ones happy.

The problem is that most people drink too much to get into the right mindset, which often results in them going to great lengths to drink and keep drinking. This is when you have the problem of what I call “Dr. Drinks”. What is really important to keep in mind is that if you’re taking in the right amount of calories, you do not need to have a “Dr. Drinks.” This way, you can be just as alert, happy and motivated without drinking alcohol.

What if I’m drunk for my own satisfaction? It’s very easy to feel comfortable and happy being drunk at home when no one is watching. But this isn’t always the case. If you drink for your own enjoyment alone, you’re not enjoying your sober self.