Understand that your resolve can be weakened by drinking socially. In many cases, it doesn't require much for things to spiral out of control and many people find themselves drinking excessively in situations that started with a few social drinks.
No matter what, we are still longing for drinks at a marriage, a company event, at a club, etc.
You should realize that acknowledging that you have a drinking problem may not be easy.
We are not in for the AA's mind washing treatment programs because we do not consider ourselves as alcohol abusers.
Clearing our minds and recognizing our problem is the first and crucial step to be made.
When we understand and accept, only now are we able to move forward and regain control of our lives.
One quote that you should never forget at any given moment is:
"The next drink will always come." The chance to hang out with a cold bottle of beer will always present itself. It is essential for you to understand this. It is our aim to lower the volume of alcohol we consume, and not to quit drinking for life. Things become a lot easier if we can bear in mind that an opportunity to indulge in drinking again will always be available.
You are in your office on a normal Tuesday afternoon for instance. At this point you may start thinking of getting home and having a drink. However, is there any purpose behind the drinking on this Tuesday afternoon? Being in control of yourself this night and remaining the good friend, good husband, and good dad you have always been will be better, no? Is it necessary for you to take alcohol? What if you had that drink on Wednesday instead when you're sure to be at the bar watching a game? It will be even better if you thought about taking a couple of days off and scheduling to watch a game on Thursday? Don't forget - the next drink will always come, so being able to control it will make it taste so much better.
Lowering your alcohol intake volume could best be achieved through diversions.
Find something that you can do if you believe that you don't have the willpower to stay at home and not have a drink.
As easy as it may appear, what more efficient way to detach yourself from the bottle? Many of us who drink excessively are functional alcoholics.
Most of us though don't drink and work at the same time. Therefore, it should sound ridiculously easy to cut down on the drinking. An extra job will be great, get one. Not only will this help you earn more money for yourself, family, friends, vacations etc, but it will be a much welcomed distraction and prevention method to keeping yourself off the bottle.
Feeling hangover is not unusual for people who drink excessively. It makes us crave for the next bottle in order to get back to that mood; otherwise, we don't feel better. We feel fantastic on those sporadic days we hadn't a drink the night before. Invigorated. Remind yourself what it feels like the day after a night of not drinking before you have your next drink. It was an amazing feeling then. Let that feeling be your high.
Consider the quality of life the live. Take a magazine and read about a family on a day out in a park. Find out what other members of your family are doing that don't involve drinking by getting in touch with them. Think about the fact that things don't have to be alcohol related.
If you are not a parent set your mind to what your hypothetical kids would think about your current situation. Being the best role models for their kids is one of the most important duties that parents have. Are we performing our duties as drunks? Ask yourself whether or not your parents used to drink heavily? Some, but the majority did not, so then why do we? For those parents who did drink, do we really want to follow the shame, lack of love and embarrassment? Embarrassment! That word explains it all. We will never forget the moment when our children are brought into this world.
At that moment, you knew you'd do anything for them.Recognize how shameful it can be for our kids. 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. Do we want to reach a point where the only way out is to go through the rehabilitation process, or do we want to learn how to control our urges before it's too late? If you are reading this discussion, I am certain that you are considering controlling your drinking. We can still have our self-respect and at the same time have the chance to recovering our lives. No one has to proclaim "I'm an alcoholic and today I am eighty days sober". The potential to cut back on our drinking is definitely available even when you're not considering becoming a teetotaller. The above tips are here to help, because we firmly believe the idea of not drinking at all is what keeps the majority of alcoholics from looking for help. With this program, this is not the part of the equation. You have a chance of moving far from addiction without having to give up the bottle completely.