Tool Kit to Stop Drinking
Start by thinking through the questions below. You can read our answers and add your own to this help tool kit.
What are Your Thoughts on Cutting down rather than Cutting Out the Booze ?
Most of the posts in BOOM and on Boozemusings speak to cutting out alcohol rather than Cutting down. Moving from alcohol abuse to moderate alcohol use IS POSSIBLE, we are definitely not here to say it is not. The title on the box is Rethink the Drink and for some, that means eventually moderating rather than abstaining forever.
Most people who do successfully moderate their drinking after finding that they have “lost their off switch” start with a good solid period of abstinence first. Three months is a good place to start .
Fall in love with sobriety, it may not be a steady upward curve but generally the longer you go alcohol free in the early days the more you feel well body and mind, RUN WITH THAT. Never forget how awful alcohol makes you feel by contrast, and stay true to your best self, who you can also fall in love with anew. Pay attention to the moments of relief you feel by gaining your freedom, like getting through something tough without alcohol, and having no regrets. You are more likely to make good clear decisions and get more done. Enjoy yourself with new experiences, life is for the plucking now! Let the good stuff snowball and leave the past behind. Believe in yourself!!
There are no ‘Magic Bullets’; Only you. All the advice and help is only as good as you want it to be – Every one of us is unique -The Answer is YOU – Listen, Read, Accept the advice – it is coming from those who have been there – are there. The most important person is you, without you – nothing happens. Use resources use everything.
If you really try and, take on board the experiences of those here who share – you will succeed.
Below are some resource-rich posts from our Boozemusings Blog that we hope will help you stop drinking and settle into your first days Alcohol- Free. To break out of addictive drinking patterns that have become routine you need to do some deep thinking. If you open the post below you’ll find the first five chapters of William Porter’s book Alcohol Explained, linked into the story of one of our member’s first years alcohol-free. It is a terrific read to start with.