Giving Up Alcohol By Making A Plan

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“Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail” is an old saying that I once saw on a poster. At the time I thought it was a dumb expression and didn’t give it much thought. After a few failures at giving up alcohol, I realized it had more truth than I could have imagined. A plan cannot guarantee success, but they are often what separates an amateur from a professional.

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Quit Drinking by Making a Commitment

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I won’t get too deep on this one, but I will stress its importance. This is the step that comes before anything else because sobriety isn’t something that can be forced on you. There’s a reason that rehab clinics won’t take people against their will, and it’s the same reason that drugs and alcohol make their way into prisons. It’s near impossible to quit drinking if you don’t want to.

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Stop Drinking Alcohol – Making the most of being alone

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Even if you weren’t trying to stop drinking alcohol, 2020 has been rough one. Lockdowns were able to flatten the curve of the pandemic, but isolation has it’s own toll on mental health. Loneliness compounds the effects of alcoholism and can be a catalyst for relapse. To help stay alcohol free, we should consider the benefits of being alone before we’re forced back in to a state of isolation.

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What if I had the money back?

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Back in 2019 I wrote a blog post “Stop Drinking for Fun and Profit“. It was about the ways you could use the money you saved by quitting alcohol for Sober October. Looking back on that post, my math was off but the principle remains the same. Alcohol is expensive, and it’s not just the money you spend now… it’s also the money you lose by not preparing for your future.

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Stop Drinking During a Crisis

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Drinking alcohol is a crutch that’s popular around the world. Dealing with the stress of modern life is usually all we need to crack open a bottle. In the current state of heightened anxiety, stress and uncertainty I’ve been seeing a lot of reference to “numbing the pain” or “drinking away the problems” as a socially acceptable way to cope with these trying times.

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Stop Drinking Cold Turkey

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I’m not going to guess or do any research. I don’t really care where the term “Cold Turkey” comes from. If you have an idea, please leave a comment. When you quit drinking, cold turkey is the method of complete abstinence. It’s an all or nothing approach where many people will dump every drop of alcohol down the drain. Continue reading “Stop Drinking Cold Turkey”

New Year, New You – Stop Drinking Resolution

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People make many more resolutions than they keep. Quitting drinking is hard, and in some cases harder than a goal like ‘lose weight’ or ‘run a marathon’. It’s harder because quitting alcohol is a choice you need to keep making. If I make a goal to lose weight and weight myself on February 1st, 5 pounds lighter than I was on January 1st, then I can say ‘DONE’ and go back to eating chips and ice cream for breakfast. If I run 42 km, regardless of how fast, I can say I ran a marathon and post a selfie on social media for all to see. Continue reading “New Year, New You – Stop Drinking Resolution”

#SoberOctober Day 31 – Quit Drinking in 31 Difficult Steps

Growing up I remember seeing a lot of commercials where a miracle product was sold at an amazing price: 3 easy payments of $19.95. It sounded so cheap, so affordable, and such an amazing value that I’d be foolish not to call the 1-800 number on the screen.

Even as a child, I knew that 3 payments of $20 was still $60, but something about the term “3 easy payments” made the price so much easier to digest. The $20 float out of your wallet each month as if it was destined to be spent. The fact that there were only 3 payments, made it seem that much easier.

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