Stop Drinking Completely? It Might Be Easier Than You Think

Up and down the United Kingdom, alcohol detox clinics are finding themselves inundated with questions and queries from the general public. While the UK in general may have slipped into rather unfortunate and inadvisable drinking habits in general, more adults than ever before are being proactive when it comes to their own health and lifestyle choices. Not only are millions of adults actively seeking to cut down their alcohol intake, but plenty more have every intention of stopping drinking entirely.

To some, this might seem like a relatively ludicrous concept. If alcohol represents an integral part of your life and your lifestyle in general, cutting it out completely may seem impossible. In reality however, this isn’t the case it all.

Just to set the record straight – quitting alcohol is never easy, so don’t for one minute expect an easy ride. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that it cannot be considerably easier than you may have thought. The problem being that if you convince yourself that it is going to be a difficult or impossible task, that is exactly what it will become. What’s more, you will only ever succeed in reducing your alcohol intake or cutting it out entirely if you know exactly why you have chosen to do so. Trying to quit just because you have been told to do so for example rarely breeds success.

But assuming that you have decided to quit alcohol entirely and for reasons you believe in, how can you help ensure you stick to your guns?

Make your intentions known

Well, the first and most important step in the process is to make everyone of your closest friends and family members aware of your intentions and tell them why you have made your decision. The reason being that if you just suddenly start turning down drinks, refusing to join your friends at the pub and behaving rather differently, chances are peer pressure will become a problem. By contrast, if you explain to them why it is you are doing what you are doing and make it clear to them that it is something you are serious about, there’s a much stronger chance they will offer their full support. And if they don’t, you might want to think carefully about exactly who you consider to be a friend.

Avoid temptation

Perhaps the most obvious tip of all is to ensure you stay as far away from temptation as possible. The simple fact of the matter is that if you are used to drinking five nights per week in the local pub and suddenly decide to stop, you cannot expect to continue attending the pub like you used to with a glass of orange juice. Even if you do, you’ll probably find it a living hell. The same also goes if you usually have an impressively extensive alcohol collection at home, which you have got used to indulging in pretty much every day after work. If it is there, the first time you have a hard day you are probably going to reach for the bottle. It can be a challenging process to say the least, but if you can ensure that you remain as far away from temptation as possible at all times, you may be surprised how much easier it becomes to quit.

Gradually reduce your drinking

Try to remember that there is a very good reason why a great many experts advise their clients to first think about cutting down, rather than going ‘cold turkey’ right off the bat. And that reason is that, the less you drink, the easier it can be to quit entirely. This usually tends to be simpler if you are already a heavy or habitual drinker, as by gradually reducing, you may find the process much easier to handle.

Reward progress

You absolutely must ensure that you are appropriately rewarding the progress you make, in order to give you some kind of incentive to continue. One way of doing this is to earmark every penny you save on alcohol to something you would not normally spend this kind of money on. A personal indulgence, a holiday or really anything else you can think of that will help motivate you to remain on the wagon.

Enjoy the benefits

Last but not least, it may be some time before you begin feeling and seeing the benefits of alcohol abstinence, but sooner or later they will show through. And when they do, you’ll find yourself with more energy, more vitality, more time and more positivity than ever before. Not only this, but you’ll also benefit from the knowledge that you have significantly reduced your likelihood of developing a wide range of serious and deadly diseases.


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