10 Steps to Quit Drinking Alcohol: #9 and #10
(Go back to step one)
9. Day to Day Actions: If you hope to quit drinking alcohol, you must do things differently than you used to. Don’t drive by that local pub on the way home from work. Don’t keep alcohol at home or at work. Do substitute healthier activities during the hours you would normally be drinking. Most alcoholics will drink alcohol instead of eating food, so make a point to eat 3 or 4 small meals throughout the day.
Insanity has often been described as “doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.” This means that your life simply will NOT change – no matter how much you want it to – as long as you continue to do the same things over and over. As soon as you begin to DO things differently, your life WILL BE different.
Tip: Changing your day-to-day actions is the more important thing you can do.
10. The Company You Keep: Remember when you were a kid and your mom would lecture you about something, and inevitably she’d say “Well, if your friends all jumped off a cliff, would you?!” Well, mom was right. You may love your friends dearly … but if they revolve their lives around alcohol then it is in your best interest to either see them when they’re NOT drinking. Or, even better, find new friends who are on the same healthy road as you are.
If you find it difficult to not see your friends when they are drinking, make a point to see them a little later than usual, or after you’ve enjoyed a good, healthy meal. Eventually you’ll find yourself WANTING to be in situations that are healthy for you. When you genuinely strive to be around healthy people and in a positive environment, you’ll find that quitting or cutting back on your alcohol intake simply becomes part of your nature.
Put into practice these 10 Steps to Quit Drinking Alcohol, and you’ll soon be on your way to being healthier and happier than you’ve ever been. ♦