Start the year without drinking alcohol It can be one of your purposes as well as starting a diet or training plan, which is why you can’t eat alcoholic drinks due to the amount of calories they provide.
Perhaps you have simply recognized that you have a serious alcohol problem. According to the National Library of Health, a drinking problem arises when your body depends on alcohol to function, and its use is causing problems with your health, social life, family, or work.
Given this, Dr. Sarah Wakeman, medical director of the Substance Use Disorders Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital, gives us some tips to stop drinking
Keys to leaving alcohol behind
- Analyze your motives and set goals
“Research on goal setting says that goals are more likely to be achieved if they are really relevant to you as an individual and not abstract like ‘I should stop drinking because drinking is bad,'” Wakeman said.
According to the specialist, specific goals such as maintaining sleep habits or an exercise routine will help make it easier to stop drinking.
Specific: Set an achievable goal, such as reducing alcohol consumption 3 days a week. You can add days until you reach your final goal.
Meedible: How many fewer drinks will you have and what size?
Achievable: Make sure there aren’t a ton of social gatherings where alcohol is likely to be served during your month of abstinence.
Relevant: How is not drinking going to help my life and my health?
Time: Set a reasonable time frame to finish your efforts. If you want, you can set another goal later.
- Share your decision with others
The importance of informing your friends and family about your new decision is essential, because in this way you are more likely to achieve your goal, and that people avoid offering you alcohol.
The drink is usually associated with social gatherings or moments of fun and celebration. That can make your brain see alcohol as something positive. Experts say you can combat those urges by substituting your drink of choice for something equally festive or tasty.
Are showing any negative symptoms from reducing or eliminating alcohol. That could be a sign that you need professional help to reach your goal. A person with withdrawal symptoms may experience severe tremors, sweating, rapid heart rate, and seizures.