Understand that your resolve can be weakened by drinking socially. Alcohol addiction could be triggered by social drinking, leading to situations where we discover that we have lost control of our lives.
But even at that, we wouldn't mind drinking during the Halloween party, superbowl party and at weddings.
You have to be aware that it may be hard to understand when social drinking has turned into abusive drinking.
Supporting programs like AA aren't of any relevance to us as we don't consider ourselves addicted to alcohol.
At this stage, the most important factor to control the drinking is to accept our weakness.
We can only forge ahead when we agree to retrace our steps.
One quote that you should never forget at any given moment is:
"The next drink will always come." The chance to grab that cold beer will always present itself at some point. It is important that you know this. We are willing to dramatically reduce our drinking; we are not saying we will never drink again. Things will not be difficult when we bear in mind that opportunities to drink will still come up.
You could be hard at work on a particular Tuesday for instance. You can begin thinking about hitting the scotch when you return home. The question is, to what end will you drink this scotch on a Tuesday night? Would it not be possible for you just to remain a good dad, a good husband or a good friend who likes to stay sober on this evening? Is it necessary for you to take alcohol? Why don't you skip past the drink on Tuesday and go to the pub on Wednesday to watch the game instead? And if the game is actually on Thursday, you could just as well stay sober for two days. Putting off the next drink by a few days will make it even better when you eventually have it and you're sure that the next drink will come so why rush for it?
When trying to reduce your alcohol intake, finding ways to distract yourself can be very helpful.
If you are concerned about being too weak simply to sit at home and not to hit the bottle you can find some other activity, which will provide the distraction needed.
It may sound too simple to be true, but can you think of a better way to ease yourself away from the drinking? Many of us who drink excessively are functional alcoholics.
We don't have a glass in the office. So, isn't it really that simple? An extra job will be great, get one. You've gotten yourself the best alternative to stay away from the bottle, besides having additional cash for yourself and your family.
Our typical morning as heavy drinkers is feeling hung over. It makes us crave for the next bottle in order to get back to that mood; otherwise, we don't feel better. Yet, we feel some much better on the days after a night of no drinking. We even feel more energetic. Before having the first beer you should remember the time when you woke up without any alcohol within your system. It was an amazing feeling then. Let that feeling be your high.
Consider the quality of life the live. You can get any information you need by simply picking up a magazine and reading about a family that enjoyed itself at today within an amusement park. Invite your brother or sister over and encourage them to tell you some innocuous things which their family was involved in today that did not involve alcohol. That alcohol is not everything should be your motivation.
If you've not got kids, then imagine how they would feel about you if you are drinking all the time. As parents, we have the responsibility to be the best guides and examples we can be. Are we going about our jobs as heavy drinkers? Were our parents heavy drinkers? Some, but the majority did not, so then why do we? For some others, yes, is that the type of embarrassment we want to mete to our kids? Shame. That's the focal point. Think of the first time you saw your child after they were born.
The love of that kid will make us do anything.Considering how the excessive drinking we are involved in might embarrass a child or children during some stages. Or more serious - imagine if our heavy drinking lead to an accident that injured you from caring for your child, or even injured your child.
If we are indulging in alcohol consumption excessively we definitely have a choice to make. Would we rather put limits to our drinking hence being better human beings or we go beyond control needing a clinic? You must be reasoning about self-limitation if you are going through these lines. The chance to preserve our dignity and bring our lives under control is still with us. We can still avoid having to walk around with the label alcoholic hanging around our necks. We don't have to shout out in our neighbours, but can still reduce our intake. The idea that they may never have another drink in their lives could in fact be one of the reasons why many alcoholics are not willing to go to rehab. With this program, this is not the part of the equation. The movement is from being addicted to alcohol, to enjoying alcohol as an extra, so there are no difficulties involved.