February 10, 2011
Drinking Help – 10 Tips To Quit Alcohol
1) Distance yourself from places and situations where you might find yourself tempted to drink. Avoid bars and quit hanging around the “drinking buddies” who won’t support or understand your goal to quit drinking.
2) Throw out your alcohol. If you have it in your home, get rid of it. If you have a spouse or roommate who drinks, ask them to support you by not drinking around you. This is a step you must take if you’re serious about quitting alcohol.
3) You may have heard this before, but it’s true… take it one day at a time.
4) Share with friends and family your decision to stop drinking alcohol. Keep people around you that will stand by your decision and support you and your goal.
5) Reward your successes to give yourself incentive not to drink. For every day (or even every hour) that you make it through without a drink, give yourself a pat on the back! Give yourself the praise you deserve for having the strength to quit drinking and share those victories with family and friends to keep your spirits up.
6) Picture yourself how you would look in the future when you’re completely alcohol-free. Visualization is very powerful in helping you make the right decisions.
7) Keep goals obtainable. Don’t set your goals so high that you can’t reach them and leave you frustrated. Maybe you can’t just quit all at once. At least set a goal of having one less drink today and then one less than that tomorrow. Small steps are better than no steps.
8 ) Face the psychological and emotional issues that may have led to and then that have become part of your drinking problem. Many alcoholics begin drinking to avoid facing an issue in their lives and for others alcoholism may run in the family. Find someone such as a support group or a counselor that can help you deal with these things.
9) Find positive and meaningful activities to engage in.
10) Last but not least, never, ever give up!