If you are thinking of taking a break from drinking, there are certain things you can do to make your journey a bit easier. After all, why makes things more difficult than they have to be? With that in mind, here are 4 tips to help you find the easiest way to quit drinking alcohol.
1) The Day of the Week Matters. For most people, it will be easier to BEGIN your journey to sobriety AFTER the weekend is over with. This is because many of us drink the most on a Friday night or a Saturday night. Our willpower is also at its lowest on the weekends, when we’re surrounded by friends.
Starting on a Sunday or Monday will give you your best chance at a couple of “easy wins”. This will, in turn, allow you to begin to build up confidence. Even if you only want to take a few days off, it will more likely be easier if you start after the weekend is over with.
2) Remove the Temptation to Drink. Let’s be honest. It’s going to be hard to quit drinking if every time you come home you’re staring at a fridge loaded with beer, or a shelf full of wine bottles. THROW AWAY any supply you have and follow the old axiom “out of sight, out of mind”. If you can’t bring yourself to empty the booze down the drain, then find someone willing to take it off of your hands.
By the way, if you’re looking to quit long-term (30 days or more), then I suggest also getting rid of all the bar-ware associated with drinking, such as wine glasses, beer mugs, bottle openers, bar signs, etc. You don’t have to throw the stuff away (unless you want to) – just remove them from sight so that they’re not a constant reminder of alcohol. Try packing the items up in a few boxes and putting them in the attic. (article continues below)