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How to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Anyone who abuses alcohol runs the risk of becoming dependent on the substance. It often starts as binge drinking on the weekends, or drinking a few beers every night after a long, hard day at work. Others drink when they are in stressful situations, in order to calm their anxiety. Whenever someone uses alcohol to accomplish a goal, such as to fit in, to relax, or to numb pain, the person tends to quickly become dependent on alcohol.

Once a person is physically dependent on alcohol, everything in their life is affected. Alcoholics have different priorities than they would without alcohol, they behave differently, and their relationships and health are negatively impacted. Alcoholism leads to broken relationships, unemployment, irresponsible behavior, and health problems. The following are tips that are often helpful for someone wanting to stop drinking.

Professional Treatment

Many people want to break free from their alcoholism, but don't know how to start. Detoxing from alcohol on your own can be dangerous and it is recommended that a person seek professional help to detox from alcohol. The best way to get sober is to seek the help of the trained staff at a treatment facility, one that specializes in alcohol detox and rehabilitation. Long term inpatient care offers the best results, where recovering alcoholics can attend therapy and programs that help them learn how to live a sober life again.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Relapse among recovering alcoholics is common, but there are things that individuals on the road to sobriety can do to avoid relapse. Joining a support group like AA will help with recovery. Support groups work because they bring individuals who are struggling with the same issues together to connect and encourage each other. AA meetings are held weekly or biweekly and they help build confidence in a person's ability to stay sober and they foster a sense of accountability for its members to avoid alcohol.

Ending Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism always starts with alcohol abuse. The line between the two is often blurred, but in general, if a person can go without alcohol for more than a day or two, they are not addicted - yet.

It is much easier to stop drinking before a person gets to the point of alcoholism. Everyone should challenge themselves at times to go for 30 days without drinking alcohol. We all know that alcohol can make us feel good, it can take away our pain for a time, and it might even make us more fun and outgoing. But when we rely on alcohol over time to make these improvements in our life, we begin to see that we are really just using it as a crutch to get by. Stop drinking before it is too late, and develop strategies to live a happy, healthy, sober life.

In order to be happy and get by without binge drinking or abusing alcohol, find healthy activities to take the place of drinking. For example, eating right and exercising will positively impact our mood and can lead us to feel better about ourselves. Meditation and stress management techniques are healthy ways to cope with stressful days. Confiding in a good friend or even a therapist can manage our loneliness and depression better than alcohol can.

Alcohol is such a big part of many peoples' lives that they can't imagine living a happy life without it, yet alcohol abuse and alcoholism ruin peoples' lives every day. It is necessary for someone with an alcohol problem to take steps to lead a sober life by making a life change and seeking professional help.