Drinking alcohol in large amounts is associated with many health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases. If you are attached to the ‘bottle’, you must have been searching for ways to detach yourself. Here are ways to quit alcohol.
Know your triggers
An urge to drink can be activated by external or internal triggers. Recognising these and avoiding them is key to quitting drinking and maintaining long-term sobriety. In many cases, getting involved in other activities can help.
Avoid high-risk situations
The best strategy to prevent drinking is to avoid high-risk situations. Do not buy or keep alcohol at home. Family members can assist in this by not drinking alcohol at home or in the presence of loved ones in recovery. Avoid social situations in which alcohol is served. If you feel guilty about turning down an invitation, remind yourself that one day you may have the willpower to abstain when others are drinking around you.
Enjoy healthy activities
It is common for alcoholics to give up activities they once found enjoyable. Part of recovery is about rediscovering hobbies and activities from one’s past and developing new interests. This will help alleviate boredom, which can trigger relapse and enable you to pursue fulfilling, healthier alternatives.
It is best to have a conversation with your spouse, partner and other family members that you have an alcohol problem. They will be able to lend a helping hand to you. Communicating effectively not only means expressing your views calmly and clearly but listening to other people’s concerns.
Follow a nutritious diet
Proper nutrition and hydration are key to the healing process because they help restore both physical and mental health and improve the chance of recovery. Macro- and micronutrient deficiencies can lead to depression, anxiety and low energy, all of which can trigger a relapse. Some foods are better at improving digestion, promoting steady blood sugar throughout the day and supporting brain chemistry.
By Damilola Faustino
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