Do you feel like you drink too much? Do you feel like alcohol has created problems in your life? Do you realize that alcohol is only harming yourself? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to prepare for quitting drinking.
The everyday pressures of life and the burden of worries that we face every day have served as a catalyst for this growing affliction. More and more people seek an escape from these modern demands and pressures many times at the bottom of a bottle without the realization that this will only worsen the problems they are experiencing in their social life or workplace. Alcoholism has become one of the most prevalent diseases in our society today.
If you are looking to quit drinking you’ll notice you’ll also notice a better relationship with your family and friends, and the most important benefit that will change will be your health, plus you’ll also notice that you become more productive and start to enjoy your life. There are better things in life than alcohol, but alcohol makes up for not having them.
When you decide to quit drinking, you should take step by step. There are some suggestions of helping you quit drinking.
The first step to your success understands the root of why you drink, because you need to replace your drinking habit with something healthier, once you start doing this you’ll notice afterwards your body becomes very relaxed and refreshed, and after a while you’ll also notice that the desire to drink will have gone.
Educate yourself with as much information as you can and seek support form the many groups and people available to help you. Quitting drinking is not easy, but with determination and encouragement you can beat this disease.
Of course admitting that you have a problem and seeking the help when needed are often the biggest obstacles to overcome in battling alcohol. Many people live in denial that there is an alcohol related problem in their lives. An alcoholic can tend to fool himself into thinking that “I can cope”, “It’s only social drinking”, “I can stop anytime I want to” never realizing that they are only masking the real truth that alcohol is controlling their life.
You need to fight off the temptation as best you can. As malnutrition is a major source of dependency, eat meats and fresh vegetables with every meal. Avoid situations where alcohol might be present, tempting you to drink. Try a non-alcoholic drink as an alternative to the unavoidable social situation where alcohol is available. Chocolate or candy is helpful. Sugar cravings are normal when problem drinkers quit. By keeping chocolates or candies available, you fight off the mental craving by increasing your endorphins provided by these treats.
Opt for low alcohol beers to cut back on your alcohol intake or at least skip over the ’strong’ beers or lagers. Pace your rate of drinking and even try alternating soft drinks with those with alcohol.
And you can ask doctor for help. Some people are helped by counseling and advice from a practice nurse or doctor. Sometimes a referral to a specially trained counselor may be advised. They can help you to talk through the issues in more detail and help you to plan how to manage your drinking.
As you develop your plan toward quitting drinking, understand that you do not have to quit right this second. Going ‘cold turkey’ oftentimes leads to episodes of binge drinking and then feelings of failure that can lead to relapse. Work towards your goal in a series of small steps to ensure your success. Alcohol is a fierce opponent that does not want to lose so give yourself the best chance possible by taking it one day at a time.