How Can I Quit Drinking Once and For All?

Drinking alcohol can damage your brain, heart and internal organs. It can also increase the aging process and degrade almost every function of your body. Additionally, it has also been found to lead to various types of cancer. With so many ill effects, it may lead you to ask the crucial question, “How can I quit drinking once and for all?”

If you’re asking this question, you are on the right path. The path to sobriety can be long and arduous, but the benefits are well worth it. You will set yourself up for a longer, happier and healthier life. Your career will flourish, and your personal relationships will find new depth. Quitting drinking once and for all is a great goal. So, how do you begin?

Speak With Your Doctor

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the best way to quit drinking is with professional assistance. Schedule an appointment with your physician or a specially trained counselor. They will be able to assess your relationship with alcohol and level of dependency. Your physician will be able to recommend the best treatment for your unique situation. They may suggest some medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment at an . Whichever treatments they recommend carefully follow their advice.

This is crucial; withdrawal symptoms can be deadly. Unfortunately, quitting cold turkey may not always be the best method of cessation. If you decide to quit without visiting a doctor and begin experiencing any of the below withdrawal symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

  • Shakes
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Severe anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Heavy sweating

Leaving these symptoms untreated can have severely detrimental health effects – including death.

Rethink Your Habits

According to Rethinking Drinking, a program developed by NIAAA to assist those who wish to end their drinking, creating self-help strategies will dramatically enhance any other forms of treatment. Below are several strategies that will go a long way in helping you quit once and for all:

  • Avoid Triggers – A trigger is anything that prompts the urge to drink. It can be certain activities, people, places and even times of day. You probably have a rough idea of your triggers; begin making a list of all of them. Add new triggers to your list as you continually pursue sobriety. Once you have a list, make every effort to avoid your triggers. You may find that you have to make new friends and find new places to relax.
  • Pursue New Hobbies – Create new hobbies and pursues new interest that will keep you active. Since you will be avoiding your triggers and won’t be drinking, you may find yourself with a lot of free time. Fill this time with any healthy hobby that you have ever been interested in. Begin cycling, jogging or doing yoga.
  • Create An Urge Contingency Plan – Having urges to drink is to be expected. Plan ahead by creating a plan to address these urges. You may want to have someone on speed-dial you can talk with, or review the reasons why you’re quitting. Spending time with your new hobbies is also a great way to address urges.

Deciding to quit drinking is one of the most important decisions you can make. It will lead you down a path to a happier and healthy life. Begin by seeking professional advice and exploring treatment plans.

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  • Alfred Baldwin November 14, 2012 07.08 am

    I agree that one thing can help us quit drinking is to pursue new hobbies, as much as possible, we should keep our self as busy as we are where when we got home, we are tired and will not think anymore of having a drink, or keep our self as busy as we can so that we can forget about drinking alcohol. There are many bad effects if we keep on drinking alcohol, though it can give us pleasure and satisfaction for a short period of time but we will suffer for a long time or for the rest of our life if we don’t stop drinking.


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