It’s not easy to quit drinking alcohol, and for many people it will be a lifelong struggle. However, there are several common-sense things you can do immediately that will make it a bit easier to quit than you might have suspected.
The following 10 tips to Stop Drinking Alcohol will go a long ways toward helping you overcome alcoholism and get your life back under control.
Tips to Stop Drinking: #1 – #5
Tips to Stop Drinking #1: Do NOT keep alcohol at home or work. Instead, choose HEALTHY alternatives for those moments you desire to drink an alcoholic beverage. This might be very hard at first for some people, but after a couple of weeks it will seem MORE natural to have healthy food and drink choices around your living environment, instead of things that lead to sickness and poverty. Simply put, you need to make it EASY to resist drinking by removing the temptation. Don’t underestimate the power of “out of sight, out of mind”.
Tips to Stop Drinking #2: Do NOT skip meals. Perhaps the most important tip to quit drinking is to NEVER skip a meal, as that simply opens the door to alcohol abuse. Not only does eating 3 or 4 healthy meals a day give your body all the necessary nutrients to help you look and feel your best, but you will actually have LESS of a desire to drink alcohol when your stomach is full of food. Please read Get Sober by Avoiding These 2 Mistakes.
Tips to Stop Drinking #3: Do NOT talk, think or act as if you are powerless before your addiction. Alcohol is powerless before you, and not vice-versa as 12 Step programs would lead you to believe. Remember, NO drink or drug can ever enter your body without your approving of it, so don’t allow yourself to fall into the victim mentality of being powerless before alcohol – because that’s simply a ready-made excuse to keep drinking.
Important: There are many roads to sobriety. Find the one that works for YOU.
Tips to Stop Drinking #4: Do NOT let one mistake ruin your resolve. The things in life that are truly worth having are things that take a little effort. Even if you have tried and failed a hundred times, it’s imperative that you try yet again. And keep trying. No matter how small of a step you need to take, there will be SOMETHING that you can do to reduce your addiction to alcohol. FIND that one, small something you can do … and then DO it. Please read Take a Baby Step Towards Sobriety.
Tips to Stop Drinking #5: DO maintain a healthy diet. Many of us will only put in the highest grade of gasoline and oil into our cars, and yet put the worst kind of crap into our bodies for nourishment. Then we wonder why we don’t feel happy or healthy, or why we can’t think clearly, or suddenly look so old. Isn’t it far past time to treat your body as the temple it is? Start eating plenty of fruit and vegetables (preferably organic), and stay away from fast food, processed foods and the normal junk that most people eat. The healthier your diet is the LESS you feel the need to put alcohol into your body. (article continues below)