Knowing Your Triggers
If you’re a social drinker, consider the role alcohol plays in your social group. Maybe drinking has become a go-to Friday or Saturday night activity, and it’s time for something new.
Alternatively, are you drinking to feel more comfortable socially? Alcohol can reduce your inhibitions, but it also takes away some of your control. Pay attention to when you feel the need for a “relaxing” drink, and think about what else could make you feel more comfortable.
Empty Your Liquor Cabinet
Choose Alternative Activities
Build Social Supports
- Invite a coworker or neighbor for a walk or coffee
- Take a class and strike up conversations with people who share your interests
- Join an app like Meetup and find group activities that don’t involve alcohol
Fighting the Urge to Drink
There will always be times when temptation rears its ugly head. Don’t beat yourself up if drinking feels more tempting sometimes. It doesn’t mean you can’t quit!
Instead, have a backup plan that makes avoiding alcohol feel less like deprivation and more like a positive choice for health.
Set Goals and Reward Yourself
- Commit three or four alcohol-free days per week
- Allow yourself a few drinks on Friday or Saturday night
Have a Backup Beverage
If You’re Struggling to Quit
For people with alcohol dependency or addiction, quitting can feel impossible. Attempts to stop completely can cause alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms range in severity and may include:
- Anxiety, nervousness, or jumpiness
- Nausea or vomiting