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Ideas to Help You Stop Drinking Alcohol

If you think your drinking is causing problems in your life, consider talking with your healthcare provider before trying to stop drinking without help.

If you have an alcohol use disorder, it may be best for you to stop drinking rather than just cutting back. However, you may develop severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking on your own or too quickly. If your body has become dependent on alcohol, the safest way to stop drinking alcohol is with medical support. Ask your healthcare provider, family, and friends to help you reach your goal.

Here are some ideas that may help you succeed:

Stay away from alcohol

  • Stay away from people who give you a hard time about drinking less or not drinking. Spend time with people who support your desire to cut back or stop using alcohol.

  • Stay away from places or events that make you want to drink. Stay away from people who drink a lot or bars where you used to drink. Plan ways to not drink when you are tempted.

  • Stay active. It is easier to not drink alcohol when you are busy doing things that you like to do. Take time to really think about how you would like to spend your time. Have you ever wanted to learn a craft or hobby or play a musical instrument? Now is a good time to start.

  • Get rid of all alcohol in your home so you are not tempted to drink.

Tips for drinking situations

Learn to say no. You don’t have to accept an alcoholic drink each time someone offers you one. Practice the following ways to say no politely:

  • “Thanks, but I've had enough.”

  • “Thanks, but I have work to do later and I don't want to get distracted.”

  • “Thanks, but you know, I've noticed that I feel better when I drink less.”

  • “Thanks, but I’m watching my weight.”

Most importantly, don’t give up. Most people do not cut down or give up drinking all at once. This is OK. If you do not reach your goal the first time, try again.


Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 9/1/2019
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