I’m posting this entry because a lot of people ask me, “How do you stop drinking alcohol?” If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this, I’d be filthy rich.
The answer is simple (yet, in certain situations can be complicated which I’ll get to*)
You just stop. You just do it.
Augusten Burroughs most recent book, This Is How , he broaches this very topic. Along with all kinds of interesting little gems of advice about how to do stuff.
Okay…I don’t want to make this a really long preachy entry, but basically if you really want to accomplish something, it’s not going to be easy, but the concept of “Just stopping.” (easier said than done, but totally doable), pretty much has to do with how badly you want to make changes in your life.
If you don’t want to drink, don’t tell all of your partying drinking friends that you want to stop drinking because they’ll most likely peer pressure you into having “just one” drink…which usually turns out to be a shit show of intoxication.
Ever heard the saying “If you walk into a barbershop, you’re bound to get a haircut.”?…Same thing with going into a bar-WHY would you go bar hopping with friends and put yourself in a situation that’s bound for disaster. There’s the exception to the rule of course…but seriously. Stop making excuses. If you really want to stop drinking, you’ll stop when you’re ready.
You have to make adjustments in your life, even if it means going out of your way by not walking in front of that liquor store or bar that is right by your apartment.
If you have a serious drinking problem, you’ll know. Believe me, you will know. You may be in denial about it, but that little voice in the back of your head will nag at you. You don’t have to tell anyone except yourself that you have a problem, until you’re ready. Then of course, people will be like, “Oh I knew you had a problem! I’m glad you’re better now.” It’s annoying, but they always have the best of intentions.
Never try to detox from alcohol ALONE AT HOME if you are physically addicted. You could die. I’m serious. Read about it here. (That’s what I mean by the *statement) It’s not like quitting smoking cold turkey.
If you have at least three of the signs that Oprah says that makes one an alcoholic, you definitely have a problem. Alcohol does something incredibly terrifying to the brain and chemicals in it, my shrink once warned me one could get Wet Brain from too much boozing. That is not a fun thing to get. If you don’t believe me, perhaps you’ll listen to Oprah.
Again, it’s easier said than done. That’s my piece for today. Feel free to write with your thoughts , questions, opinions on this.