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7 Ways to Stop Alcohol Abuse ...

By Melanie

The picture above is sad, isn’t it? Yes, that is what happens when a child grows up with parents who are drunk. Sometimes, it is worst than this. I know, the truth is sad. I never understand why alcohol even exists. Do you know how many families it tears apart? Do you know how many lives it ruins? How many people it kills? “Oh let’s go to a party, there will be booze …” This is so childish and when you have children, it’s even worse. The best way to stop it would be to never start it in the first place. Just stay away from it, no matter how cool your friends tell you it is – they’re lying to you. I know that once you have an addiction, it’s hard to stop. It’s not like you can just up and quit, because of the withdrawal symptoms that you will go through. However, you really need to beat this beast and if you are serious about it, you can. Okay, so, are you looking for 7 ways to stop alcohol abuse?

7 Identify the Reasons

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In the first step to stop drinking, you will need to identify the reasons as to why you want to stop drinking in the first place. What are those reasons? Take out a pen and paper and write those reasons down. If you want to take it a step further, tell us what those reasons are.

6 Set a Goal

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It is important that you set a goal for yourself. If you choose to continue drinking, then you need to keep it within that goal. If you are a woman, you should not have more than one a day. For men, they should not have more than two a day.

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5 Cut down on It

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For those that are used to drinking a lot of alcohol all the time, it may be impossible to quit cold turkey. Therefore, you need to step down on it a bit and keep reducing it each day or week.

4 Stay Away from Parties

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If you are trying to quit drinking and you go around people who drink and party with them, then it is going to be even more difficult. You need to avoid going to parties.

3 Learn the Word “No”

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Use “No” firmly. It may be hard to stay away from your friends, so you need to learn how to tell them no. If they keep trying to talk you into having one (even if it is just one), then they aren’t your real friends.

2 Go to Your Doctor

Drinking can mess up your organs. It is important that you go to the doctor and get checked out. The doctor may also give you advice. There are certain medications out there that can help.

1 Join Support Groups

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Believe it or not, support groups really do work. You will get to talk with people just like you – recovering alcoholics. You will also get to hear success stories, which is helpful. If you have a problem with support groups in person, then try them online.

I know that quitting this addiction is hard to do. Quitting any addiction can be difficult. However, if you are strong enough and stick to your guns, then you can do it. Think of how much better your life will be after the fact. Think about how your habit effects those around you. Do you want this continue? I don’t think you do. Would you like to start right now and take the plunge? We can help …

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