The Art of Distraction | Stop Drinking Solutions

Its Friday night and this is around the time you’d be two beers in to a six pack right? I usually leave work at 4:30 pm and the patios (in the summer) are usually getting towards being full by that time. Its not unusual in our culture to begin imbibing in the early afternoon when the weather and circumstance allow.

So you get off work a bit early and your normal stop at a patio or liquor store becomes a direct route home. You see its before 5pm and you wonder what youll do with your time. Youre still going out with your friends, but the party doesnt really start till around ten.

You dont feel like sitting around with your buds pre-drinking and watching sports before grabbing a cab. Youre just going to say hi to the birthday girl, have a soda, some tapas and a slice of pizza on your way home at midnight. So now you have at least 4 hours to kill.

So you flip on Star Trek the Next Generation and do the same thing you might normally do when you were predrinking: veg out in front of the TV.

Theres a problem though. Youve got a craving. The action triggers something in you and you want a beer. You resist, remembering your recovery so far, thinking about everything youd have to lose. The memories of your bottom, the reason you quit become very clear and the craving passes.

You grab a pen and a piece of paper and you write an expletive word in the middle of the page. Surrounding the word you dash enough exclamation points to get over your silent frustration. Your attention diverts back to Capt. Jean Luc Picard and his crew.

A commercial break snaps you from the fantasy world, and back in to the cold reality of capitalism. The television tells you that this program is brought to you by a popular brand of beer. The lifestyle they are selling is appealing to you, and again your body gently aches for a cold sip of that popular drink.

Your hand finds the pen and more scribbles meet the page. Picard is back, debating Data in the prime directive or perhaps hes back on his familys ancestral vineyard in France. The space captain tastes the fruits of his family and you sit in a lonely room with your science fiction program and still 3 hours to kill.

Again you find the pen and you begin to take out your frustrations in sketches. First they are crude and chaotic, evolving like single celled organisms into more complex shapes and patterns. Faces are drawn and scribbled over in an ever changing smudge of pen marks that resembles a plate of spaghetti.

You find some more paper and your artistic odyssey continues. Your shapes turn to letter, and the letters come together to form words. Your elegance in penmanship is both remarkable and absurd, youve no clue why you are making these markings.

You look to the clock and you’ve lost an hour, and gained a tableful of unmitigated artistic expression. You save one of the drawings, and put the rest in the recycling bin. You fold the remaining sheet once, then again, and in an ink of contrasting colour you inscribe:

Happy Birthday Old Friend

(and you head to the party a little bit earlier than you normally do, and its cool and you have more time to actually talk to people before it gets super loud, and the pizza on the way home was definitely worth waiting for)

How to Quit Drinking Forever | Stop Drinking Solutions

You don’t. Sorry, but its true.

You’ve probably heard the saying Nothing Is Forever and its true. Forever is one of those words like Always, Infinity, Endless, Eternal. Its often used to talk about a REALLY LONG TIME. Its NOT impossible for a human to stop drinking alcohol forever, I mean you can quit until you’re dead, and then you’ll never drink or do anything ever again. So technically you’ve quit drinking forever, booze will never touch your lips again.

But thats not how you actually QUIT drinking. You cant just say I will never, ever, ever, drink alcohol, ever again and make it so. Well, there are probably a few folks out there that have done that, but if it were that easy then you wouldnt be reading this post now would you?  Continue reading “How to Quit Drinking Forever | Stop Drinking Solutions”

Wasted Time | Stop Drinking With Me

Excuse the upcoming puns in this post.

Is it just me, or while looking back on my drunken self does the time feel extra wasted? Wasted as in Time Better Spent Elsewhere but also, as in Time Spent Hammered. Looking back, I did a lot of both.

Occasionally I’ll think Was there ever a time I wasnt at least buzzed? Parties, work functions, Tuesday nights listening to podcasts and playing video games, all under the influence. I guess I got some things of meagre value done in those times, and I wasn’t exactly wasted on alcohol, but alcohol was definitely present for a lot of my memories of that past 10 years.  Continue reading “Wasted Time | Stop Drinking With Me”

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While I don’t believe alcohol addiction can truly be “solved” or “cured” here at Stop Drinking Solutions we believe there is a path forward. If you desire a life without alcohol we think we can help!

It’s not easy to quit drinking, but the benefits are there!

Benefits can include:

  • Saving money
  • Repaired relationships
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved emotional/mental health
  • Weightloss
  • Better focus and concentration
  • A new outlook on life

Everyone is different, but we truly believe that curbing or eliminating alcohol from your life can be extremely helpful for all people. Even if you don’t feel you have a problem with alcohol, you’ve read this far and you’re clearly very interested in how quitting alcohol can improve your life!

There are many resources to help you end the cycle of addiction, or simply to drink less in your day to day life. Read more about them on StopDrinking.Solutions

Don’t spend another minute wondering if you are strong enough to be able to quit drinking! You are, and you can do it with the right tools! Conquer your addiction and get your life back on track!