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If you are looking to give up alcohol, you probably think you are facing a huge uphill struggle. I marked my year milestone with a blog post about giving up alcohol, and now that the second year being sober is coming up, I thought I would try and create a post to help anyone looking to give up alcohol. Many people find giving up alcohol is one of the best things they have done for themselves.
Tell your friends
You don’t really need to tell every Tom, Dick and Harry that you are giving up alcohol but it really is worth telling the people close to you or the people you always socialise with. The first few months can be difficult and it is great to have moral support from people that understand you are giving up alcohol and why.
Avoid tempting situations for the first couple of months
The first couple of months of giving up alcohol are, of course, really hard. It’s more down to breaking habit than anything else. If your friends all like clubbing you might need to organise something more quiet with them. It doesn’t always have to be this way. Once you get used to not drinking, it would seem weird TO drink and you’ll be able to handle anything.
Considering you are going to save so much money, why not treat yourself every time you hit a milestone? Now that you are not spending money on alcohol you can spend it on incentives. You would be surprised how much your money builds up when you are only drinking coke and lemonade on nights out.
Find like minded people
There is nothing like getting moral support from someone going through the same thing as you. There are a number of Facebook groups like Club Soda, where teetotal people can share their experiences.
Look for inspiration
For me, as soon as I found out Blake Lively doesn’t drink alcohol, I was sold. I mean, if giving up drinking means that I have a chance of looking that good, I am all for it.
Make sure your targets are reasonable
Setting yourself the goal of “never drinking again” can sound really scary if you are the sort of person who likes a drink. Start small and set yourself weekly or monthly targets at first. The longer you go, the better you will feel. You will probably find that you lose the urge to drink after 3 months or so, and by the year mark the concept of alcohol will seem completely foreign to you.
Find something you enjoy to drink
I’ve spent nearly two years drinking water. I do like coke and lemonade but I’m not overly fussed by it. It’s only in the last few weeks I’ve discovered I absolutely LOVE Slush Puppies. Are they for kids? Yes. Will they damage my liver? No.
Don’t become one of those “holier than thou” people
Sure, loads of your friends could probably do with giving up drinking. But you really do not need to be the one to tell them this. Unless you want a one way ticket to the uninvited list.