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By drinking, I mean alcohol. Quitting drinking could be as a result of approaching alcoholism, being prone to drunken stupor, or for health reasons. 
Not only is alcohol a leading cause of death, but it is also the root of many domestic issues in numerous homes. Alcohol is addictive and quitting it is ridiculously hard 
For one to stop drinking, he first needs to realize that he has a drinking problem and has a good reason to quit. Also, he needs to prepare mentally for what would happen after he quits. It’s difficult but possible. To quit drinking, you can attempt the following. 
Lifestyle changes
What is it that can make quitting alcohol difficult for you? A lack of good reasons to quit associating with alcoholics and drunkards who under the guise of friendship push you to drink, indiscipline, and a lack of commitment to your plan. If you go to the bar every night or have the habit of drinking during the day, you need to set rules to stop such and stick to those rules. 
Avoid places, situations, and people that will break down your defenses. Be determined to make sobriety your priority. Let your friends know that you are working on quitting (don’t mind the jabs). 
Anyone who keeps trying to get you to drink is no true friend, let them go. Choose a group of friends or associates that are trying to quit and on their way to recovery or already recovered. A strong social circle will help you on your journey to recovery. You might falter but relapse is no cue to stay down. 
Go to a rehab
You may need professional assistance provided by rehab programs. You can either be an in-patient or out-patient.  A suitable treatment program will be drafted for you based on the degree of your addiction. 
What should I expect once I stop drinking? 
At first, you will experience acute withdrawal symptoms. The first few days will be agonizing but that’s the price to pay for quality time for other sober activities, a better lifestyle, lesser financial burden, better sleep, and better social standing. Health benefits for you include improved liver function, strong immune system weight loss, and lower cholesterol. 
Some withdrawal symptoms you will experience include increased blood pressure, tremors, excessive sweating, high temperature and sometimes, seizures. This is because your body is trying to get rid of the alcohol in it. 
Professional help is thus recommended. Also, note that quitting is a lifelong commitment until self-control of steel is attained and continuously fortified. 

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  1. Like many people, at the start of the year, I made a resolution to decrease my alcohol intake.

    Drink Less in Seven Days by Georgia Foster has really helped me stick to this resolution. Georgia is a clinical hypnotherapist and alongside the written version of the book, there are also 4 "Hypnosis Hub" recordings that readers are encouraged to access to help them with the program.

    One of the great things about Drink Less in Seven Days is that Georgia (and I"m going to call her Georgia because she kind of feels like a friend) is totally non-judgemental about how much you drink, why you drink, why you feel you drink too much etc. I feel that this is an area where people carry a lot of shame and negative feelings and to have someone who approaches an emotional issue like this with absolute objectivity is helpful in driving the desired behaviours. She's on your side!

    There are two main parts to Drink Less in Seven Days. The first is how your amygdala (the part of your brain that deals with emotions and fear/stress responses) can actually work against your efforts to quit or reduce your drinking. It shows you how to move your decision to drink away from this very instinctive part of your brain to your prefrontal cortex which is the part of your brain that is more concerned with considered decision-making.

    I found this part of the book fascinating, particularly the parts where she spoke about silencing your inner critic.

    However, it was the second part of the book, where Georgia broke down different personality types. what triggers them to drink and how to circumvent these triggers that I found most useful. (Also fascinating, if like me you love a good theory of behaviour and the ability to proclaim "Yes!!!! That's me!"). Because it makes total sense right? If you drink out of social anxiety (which is me a little bit) your methods to success will likely be different to someone who drinks because everyone around you is (also me a little bit).

    The biggest take away for me was starting to understand what triggers my wanting to drink and learning alternative strategies should I decide not to. I think a really important thing about Drink Less in Seven Days is that it is NOT about quitting drinking altogether. It is about cutting down to a level that you are comfortable with, whatever that is for you. And this feels more manageable than quitting altogether.

    The cru of this type of book though is does it work?

    So here's the real deal. I started this program in January. It's now March and I can count the times I have drunk alcohol on one hand. During this time I have been to pubs, bars and restaurants, entertained at home and been entertained at other people's homes so it's not like I have been hiding myself away. I have been around alcohol and people drinking as much as I ever was.

    Will I drink again? Almost definitely. For me, this experiment was never about giving up altogether. And I have far too much fun making cocktails for this to give it up completely! However, I feel that moving forward I will be able to drink in a more mindful considered way.

    Thank you to Georgia Foster for a thoroughly fascinating book that does exactly what it says on the cover!

    Here's a link to The 7 Days To Drink Less Online Alcohol Reduction Program.

    John

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