You can do it with will power if you really want to ... I did. I was a party drinker from my college days forward for decades. And I drank at bars, but rarely at home, except when I had a party at my house.
I decided that I did not want to drink any more and did not need to. Not because of any problem with my health or with my drinking. I never had a dui, an accident or any other problems and no liver problem and I was not an alcoholic and use to go days and sometimes a week or more without drinking. I just decided it was waste of money, time and calories ("empty calories" of no value). I found that it was not necessary for me to drink when around others who were drinking and they did not care, nor did I.
Now, if you can't find the will power or are an alcoholic or have problems stopping, then you can get help by joining AA (Alcoholics Anonymous); I know that it has helped many people who had serious alcoholism to stop.
If that does not work for you, then you should get help from a doctor to stop. It seems we are getting close to having medications that can help kill the desire and help people stop drinking; but I am not aware of whether that is being used for that purpose yet or how successful it it now.
Good luck, I like not drinking alcohol. I don't even have a glass of wine with meals when others do. I might do some champaign at daughters wedding; but not decided yet on that.
The answer depends upon whether you are an alcoholic or not. Just asking the question suggests that you are worried you may not be able to stop drinking long term. If you think you have a problem, I suggest you get an evaluation from an addictions professional and then follow that individual's recommendations. If you have a drinking problem, I am a strong advocate of using the 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. There you can receive support and learn tools, including spiritual principles, to help you stop drinking and stay stopped. For the alcoholic, we usually suggest adopting the concept of not drinking one day at a time, rather than trying to not drink forever. Good luck to you.Jan Edward williams, MS, JD, LCADChttp://www.alcoholdrugsos.com
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check yourself into rehab
I know how difficult it can be to quit drinking, a suggestion that I have for you that I have recommended to a couple of friends that has made them successful in their quest to do the same is talk to your Dr. about Campral, it seemed to be rather effective with the patients of the Psychiatrist that I used to work for.
The Jude Thaddeus Program (soberforever.net) appears to be the most effective approach to alcohol dependence and alcoholism in the world. It is a research project operated by the Baldwin Research Institute, a New York State not-for-profit organization owned by taxpayers.
Independently-conducted research has established an overall success rate of 63.5% for the Jude Thaddeus Program. This compares to a success rate in the range of 0-20% for conventional programs. Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) reports a success rate lower than 5%. Research also indicates that no treatment at all has a success rate of about 30%. This suggests that traditional programs are less effective than doing nothing.
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