How to stop drinking
You’re looking at this page, which means you want to quit. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that quitting is hard. It’s a truth that is painful, and one shouldn’t sugar-coat it. The great news is that medical technology, integrated communities, and effective psychological counseling have made it easier than ever to quit.
Talk to your doctor. If you choose to start the path to recovery alone, bear in mind that alcohol withdrawal can potentially be deadly.
Change your attitude about quitting. Remember, you’re not being forced to give up a good friend who has treated you well. Instead, you are finally ridding yourself of an enemy.
Try to pick some significant date to quit. Be ambitious, but reasonable. If you are very heavy drinker you must first slow down to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Get rid of all bottles, cans, etc. Don’t feel that just because you are having guests over you need to offer them a beer, wine, or cocktail. It is perfectly fine to offer people tea, lemonade, coke, or the like.
Feel your feelings. Cry when you need to. Laugh when you can. Eat when you are hungry. Sleep when you are tired. This is going to be really weird at first, but embrace it. You haven’t felt your feelings for a long time. You will have a learning curve.
Don’t put yourself with people or in situations where you’re likely to drink. There’s an old saying about “Playgrounds and Playmates” look at yours. You may need to leave some of your old drinking buddies and watering holes behind.
In the initial stage, reduce the quantity of alcohol intake. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You’re probably not going to kick your habit in a week, either.
Have food before you drink. Eating a meal before drinking will reduce your interest for drinking. It will also make it harder to get drunk. If you do this, don’t trick yourself into letting your body get as drunk as you would have if you hadn’t eaten although very clever, that’s what we call cheating!
Drink a lot of water. Water will help keep you hydrated, make you feel better, and help flush out toxins from your body. Men are advised to drink 12 cups (3.0 liters) of water a day, and women are advised to drink 9 cups (2.2 liters).
Revise recipes that call for alcohol. This will make it harder for you to justify having alcohol in your house. Use non-alcoholic sparkling wine instead, or cut that part out of the recipe.