1. Stay away from places and situations where you might be tempted to drink. Don’t go to bars and stop hanging around “drinking buddies” who won’t support your efforts to quit drinking.
2. Get rid of all the alcohol in the house. If you have a spouse or roommate who drinks, kindly ask them not to drink around you. If you’re serious about quitting alcohol, this is a step you must take.
3. Take it one day at a time.
4. Tell friends and family that you want to stop drinking alcohol. Hang around people who will stand by your decision and support you and your goal.
5. Give yourself incentive not to drink. For every day (or even every hour!) that passes that you don’t drink, give yourself a pat on the back! Give yourself the credit you deserve for having the strength to stop drinking and share those big victories with family and friends.
6. Picture yourself how you would look in the future when you’re completely alcohol-free. Visualization is very powerful in helping you make the right decisions.
7. Set realistic goals for yourself. Maybe you can’t quit cold turkey, so perhaps you could gradually cut down you alcohol intake day by day.
8. Deal with the psychological and emotional issues related to your drinking problem. Many people begin drinking alcohol to get away from problems or maybe alcoholism is something that runs in the family. Find someone you feel comfortable talking to about these problems.
9. Find positive and meaningful activities to engage in.
10. Never give up!