Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Stop Drinking?
If you are like most, you will have uttered the words “I am never drinking again” on more than one occasion; usually when you have woken up with a thumping headache after having one too many the night before. However, very few of us make this statement and stick to it. We feel it is impossible to give up drinking when most of the things we do with our loved ones involve alcohol. If your New Year’s Resolution is to stop drinking, read on for some tips.
So, just how do you give up alcohol?
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula, and you will face some challenges along the way. But, when you overcome these challenges, there is no greater feeling. One of the best things to do is try and get someone to give up alcohol with you so that you can give each other support. If you don’t know anyone that is keen to give up alcohol, you should tell your friends how serious you are about stopping drinking so that they will encourage you rather than tempting you with a drink.
The right support is imperative, which is why it is a good idea to join forums where you can gain support from other people that are in the same position. They can share their experiences and provide tips on how to stop drinking.
It is also a good idea to set yourself targets. Set yourself a target of a month or several, and once you have completed this, then focus on giving up alcohol for the entire year. You will find it easier if you do not give yourself a mountain to climb from the off.
One of the things that most people struggle with when giving up alcohol is balancing their social life with their new health kick. There are some things you can do to make the experience easier. One of the best tips is to always drive on a night out. Of course, this will not be possible for everyone, but, if driving is an option, you should take advantage of it. You won’t be tempted to drink when you know you have to drive home.
You should also try to arrange social activities that do not involve alcohol. There are a lot of activities that do not involve alcohol, such as the cinema, going for dinner, playing a sport, or going bowling. You simply need to embrace them.
If you find that you are really craving a beer, why not purchase an alcohol-free one? There are plenty of alcohol-free drinks available in supermarkets, from fruit ciders to alcohol-free wine, so you are bound to find something that satisfies the cravings you are experiencing. Consider an ANA Treatment Centre if these cravings will not go away, though. Daily cravings can’t be solved with a non-alcoholic alternative.
And, if you do buckle, don’t beat yourself up. Simply start the counter from one, and go again with even more determination this time!