Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* Discuss these options with your doctor and choose the most appropriate approach to your current situation. Traditional methods of addiction treatment do not work for all patients. If you find that you are in this situation, consider an intense treatment program designed specifically for alcohol abusers. If you, a friend or family member is addicted to alcohol, we are here to help.
* Alcohol kills more than 240 people each day. That being said, it's scary to leave something you're addicted to, and it can be ridiculously difficult, especially with alcohol. Stopping smoking is not even the hardest part. It's not even what happens to you when you leave. The most difficult part of the journey to sobriety is the sobriety attempt in the first place. Yet people can and recover from alcoholism, perhaps more often than you think.
* You may think "But I fall asleep always faster when I drink! It may be true, but it's only for a little while. A review of several studies has shown that even though alcohol helps you fall asleep faster and deeper in the beginning, the quality of your sleep suffers overall, leaving you tired of next day. So, even if you have trouble falling asleep at the beginning when you stop drinking, you will be refreshed the next day.
* I would buy a bottle of red and it would last a week. We drank wine from time to time and turned the radio to NPR. For ten years we drank alcohol this way occasionally, barely, and with interest. We liked to learn about it. We loved the world of craft beer and wine. But slowly, I started drinking more than my husband. Its rare beer growler still lasts but my bottle of wine on the buffet has started to go away a little earlier and then the bottle has become a bigger bottle of less expensive variety and so the big bottles became a box of wine.
More Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* For this reason, I became a big fan of self-experimentation. Of course, there are many people who do not want to try giving up alcohol or sugar, or whatever. But whether it's trying to get six-sided abs, to do the pear, or simply to be extra-nice, there's incredible value in pushing us out of our comfort zones. We all see each other in a certain way and we stay stuck in our own routines. Taking the time to experiment, make some changes and try new healthy habits - even if they just stay a little - can lead to big changes over time.
* I'm still drinking for now, but there are other weights that I felt convinced to just read your post. I pray that I can find my own courage to act on them. I can relate so much to Bethadilly. Food is a dependence. Thank you for your openness and your honesty here. I decided a little over three years ago to stop. I think the stop was the key to my growing relationship with God. There is nothing to frighten my awareness of God.
* I was an excessive drinker who progressed in a daily "drink until you faint" drunk. I was a mess. I did not think I would ever be able to give up alcohol. The things taught in the program worked for me. Except that the program was not available then, I did not find it before being sober for a few years. Anyway, I had to learn all the hard way. You do not have to suffer from all this. You can have success right away, instead of failing repeatedly.
* Examples include most fruits and vegetables, soups made from broth, salads and whole grains. This will help you eat fewer foods with higher energy densities later in the meal, as these foods will help you meet your calorie needs. Foods high in fat or sugar tend to have the highest energy density, such as fatty meats, desserts and many processed foods. If you want to make sure you lose as much fat as possible and do not lose too much of your weightmuscle, you will need to exercise as well as cut down on alcohol and other high-calorie foods.
* To find out, I decided to try not to drink at all for two months. I did not know if I could do it, but I thought I'd try to see what would happen. It was much easier to give up alcohol than I thought it would be, which was a delightful surprise. Having some late-night outings - the kind after which you do not necessarily want to drink for a while - just before my alcohol-free challenge really helped.
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