Alcohol has been around for centuries and has been an integral part of many ancient cultures and civilizations. However as we have moved to a more civilized society, it is expected that one does not deviate from the social etiquette while they are consuming alcohol. Consumption of alcohol as part of “social drinking” is still widely accepted, which is why alcohol is not considered a prohibited substance, unlike addictive drugs. However, social drinking etiquette is based on the principle that one will only drink as long as he remains sober. Although getting drunk occasionally or accidentally might not be a huge problem, however, many people end up developing an addiction to alcohol and drinking.
Being an alcoholic and remaining drunk can have detrimental effects on one’s physical, mental and emotional health. It can also have an impact on the alcoholic’s family life and home environment. There have been many cases reported where families have disowned alcoholics, marriages have suffered due to an alcoholic partner and children have suffered due to alcoholic parents. Just like drug addicts, alcoholics often find it difficult to quit drinking even if they want to, however, despite all its difficulties it is essential to take a step forward. Here are a few tips that can help an alcoholic quit drinking.
Embrace Your Problem
One of the most significant problems that alcohol addicts face in their initial struggle against alcoholism is that they remain in denial of their problem. They fail to admit and understand that they have become addicted to alcohol and needed help. Embracing and acknowledging your problem is the very first step towards success. You will only be able to generate the willpower and motivation to seek help and fight against your question if you will acknowledge that you are indeed suffering from it.
Identify Your Triggers
Most alcoholics consume drink when certain situations trigger them. It could be a location such as bars, pubs and beach parties, a condition such as a peer pressure or a problem such as stress or sensitivity to specific emotion or feeling. Many people also find solace in drinking when they are in some emotional pain such as heartbreak. Identify your triggers and distance yourself from such locations, and situations. Try developing alternate healing options for your triggers such as painting or writing to distract your mind and vent out your emotions.
Find Support Groups and Seek Therapy
Alcoholism is very common, and thankfully there are many support groups where you can talk to people who have been in a similar situation to yours and can learn from their experiences and success stories. Likewise, therapy can also help you fight back severe alcoholism under professional supervision. A lot of people who drink due to stress and pain feel relieved when they talk to someone they can relate to.
Eat Healthy and Exercise
While you are fighting your drinking problem, it is essential that you feel good about yourself and your body stays healthy and happy. Eat a healthy diet and add a lot of fruit and vegetables to your diet. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated and indulge in a physical activity such as sports or exercise. Once you feel good about yourself and your brain will feel happier, you will find it easier to distance yourself from consuming alcohol.