Every January 1st, people wake up at noon to enjoy the New Year’s very first hangover and swear this time they are quitting alcohol for good. They might make it until the weekend, they might even make it until February, but many more tried and failed.
Drinking is a mysterious beast, and even the most balanced of us sometimes drink too much. You’d think something as simple as weekly guilt trips and gaping holes in your bank account would make quitting easier. The fact of the matter is, drinking is a cultural phenomenon that is very difficult to avoid. There’s even wine at church!
Why is Quitting Alcohol so hard?
So how can normal people quit drinking (for any reason, for any length of time) when there is so much stacked against them?
To be perfectly honest I’m not really sure. I’ve asked myself these questions and more. I’ve tried to quit drinking in the past and it’s always been a rough go. I thought starting this blog would help others and give myself another outlet for my thoughts. I’m not a doctor or a therapist, I’m just someone who had problems with drinking alcohol in the past and decided to stop.
I’m not a superhero or a saint, or even a very good, smart or effective person in general. I’ve just done some things, and made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t drink alcohol. So far I’ve kept my promise, but it wasn’t always so easy. Quitting alcohol has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
One weird trick
There is no magic bullet for quitting, but here’s what I did distilled in to 3 easy to follow steps:
- Make a commitment
- Make a plan
- Get support
Without those three things, I wouldn’t be here writing to you now. Without those three things above, saying you’re going to quit alcohol is the same as any other New Year’s Resolution that was dumped before Feb 1.
I’d like to share my real world experiences as well as tips and tricks I find around the Internet. (Speaking of, I’ve heard some great things about Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Control Alcohol for people looking to cut back or quit, and I’ve received tons of support from the Reddit Stop Drinking subreddit.)
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Note: As stated previously, I am in NO WAY a health or addictions professional. My advice is for research and entertainment purposes only. If you think you have a serious problem with alcohol or substance abuse, please consult a DOCTOR. Quitting cold turkey can have serious health repercussions and I waive myself from any harm done to any readers who follow my advice without using common sense or consulting an expert first!