Sunday, 28 December 2014

10 signs you are ready to stop drinking

I guess we have all made some attempt(s) to give up alcohol in the past. Whether it's a day or two off, a severe hangover leading to great announcements that we will never drink again to several weeks or more, something always sends us back to the bottle.
The truth is, you will only stop drinking when you, really want to stop. And want to stop so badly you can make the leap of faith and believe that it is possible there is life beyond booze.

Here are some of the signs I, and perhaps you, will recognise as signifying the time to stop has finally arrived.
  1. You open the wine with dismay thinking 'Here we go again'. 
  2. You notice the repeating pattern of: Plan to restrict, get drunk, regret it, plan to restrict... yet you cannot stop it recurring.
  3. You no longer have enough time to spend a whole day incapacitated by a hangover.
  4. Your hangovers last two days (or more...)
  5. You avoid socialising so you can drink more at home, alone.
  6. You hate the feeling of helplessness you have as alcohol dictates your life.
  7.  You have no idea how to stop. (This was me. Sometime told me to 'Just stop.' Sounds simple eh?)
  8. You think stopping drinking would be preferable to your life at present. In fact, anything would be better than your life at present.
  9. Those around you stop giving you a hard time about your drinking and allow you to drink. They know you need a certain amount to function and do not wish to stand in the way of that.
  10. You begin to ask others how they stopped drinking, you read sober blogs, you buy sober books and you question your belief that you could not cope without it. You begin to wonder if maybe you could? Surely not all sober people are making it up or telling lies about how it is actually ok, or even better than ok?
Personally I was completely sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

Best wishes if you are starting to stop.
Welcome back if you have not given up on giving up.

Happy New Year to you all. 

4 comments :

  1. I think those signs are true and I must agree that the first person can help you is "YOU". You need to prevent alcoholism and don't want to be called alcoholic and found yourself inside SOBA Mesa to help treat your alcoholism.

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  2. Number 5 really strikes a chord with me. Can't tell you how often I'll avoid social occasions, or leave them early, so I can drink in peace (and avoid potential embarrassment of staying out and getting too drunk for company)

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    1. No 5 is definitely a line we cross at some point on the way down.

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  3. I can relate to all of these....Number 10 has consumed my life as of late and I really want to say that I keep coming back to your blog. Thank you

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