According to recent surveys, over half of the adult population of the United Kingdom drink alcoholic beverages, whether on occasion or close to regularly. With this, alcoholism is on the rise as well. But it is not the end of the line.
If you want to finally be free of alcoholism, here are practical tips you can follow on your voyage towards true sobriety.
1. Alcohol Treatment Clinic Or Facility
It is recommended that you sign up or enrol at an alcohol treatment facility. Treatment programs are customized per individual. The latter, whether as in-house patient or an outpatient. You will have access to resources and tools to aid you along the way. Add to that how appointments with counsellors and medical practitioners can be scheduled on the dot and as soon as is needed.
2. Know How Much Alcohol You Drink
Many alcoholics are not aware of how much alcohol they consume on a daily basis. That is until they manually compute the numbers. And they only get to really add volumes drank when told by counsellors or physicians to do so.
Therefore, we’ve included that variable on this list. By and large, it is when you count how many pints, mugs, cans, or bottles you actually ingest will you see that you are already far beyond the limits. And perhaps quite often, at that.
3. What Are The Reasons Why You Drink?
Alcoholism can be traced to a number of reasons, with each one differing from person to person. Occasional drinkers merely take in alcohol as events call for it. “Social” drinking” is its more commonly used term.
In contrast to this, there are those who use alcohol as a numbing agent. Whether to numb anxiety, stress, emotional and/or mental problems, chronic sleep deprivation, and other types of challenges, it is usually this kind of drinking that warrants proper evaluation. It is because this kind of alcohol reliance tends to take place on a much more regular instance than its social counterpart. It also frequently leads to more alcohol intake with every said instance.
4. No Solo Flyers
Do not go through your alcohol addiction resolution alone. This lifestyle change will have to involve yourself and those closest to you— trusted friends and family. Share your problem regarding addiction to alcohol with them. This first step may be difficult, but it is one that must take place at the onset. The soonest possible, the best.
Involve them in your process towards recovery. They will be your support and source of encouragement as you maintain the course to sobriety.
5. Think Practical
Besides seeking and employing the aid of an addiction facility, think practical when it comes to ridding your day to day of alcohol. Avoid gatherings and/or places that serve alcohol. If you usually pair cigarette and/or tobacco-smoking with an alcoholic beverage, avoid them altogether as well. Do you drink more when you are on your own? If so, your trusted loved ones can help you replace such times by creating activities that will veer you away from grabbing a bottle or two, and will involve their presence, too.
Keep your friends and family notified and updated about these changes so that they can go through this adjustment with you, and abolish old, destructive habits wholly and consistently.