Sobriety: How to give up drinking

I’ve enjoyed sobriety since July, 2020. It’s one of the best things I’ve done, something of which I’m most proud. Here follows just a few random notes, thoughts, and observations from my personal journey. I hope they help you or someone you love.

  • You have to quit drinking for yourself. Not because someone else wants you to do so. This has to be for YOU.
  • You already know drinking is bad for you. You just have to convince your subconscious.
  • Most reading this have the power to decide to quit. For the few that do not, they probably need treatment.
  • Excessive drinking negatively impacts the quality of your sleep.
  • Excessive drinking adds to your anxiety and makes it worse. If you think drinking alcohol will help reduce your anxiety, you are wrong.
  • If friends treat you poorly when you’ve had a bad episode with alcohol, they are poor friends. And if friends give you a hard time about your sobriety, they REALLY shouldn’t be your friends…
  • Some friends will have a hard time dealing with your sobriety, because you are “holding up a mirror” to them, and they are seeing someone who is still controlled by alcohol.
  • The Naked Mind by Annie Grace / Of all the books I read about quitting alcohol, this one was, by far, the most impactful…
  • NIAAA defines heavy drinking as follows: For men, consuming more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks per week. For women, consuming more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 drinks per week.
  • If you employ the “hair of the dog” strategy, you have a problem…
  • If you can still be influenced by peer pressure, you aren’t ready to quit yet…
  • You will need to rethink and hone new coping mechanisms. You can no longer hide behind the bottle…

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