Cutting out alcohol

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Putting an end to a drinking habit can be difficult. But a few lifestyle changes can help you adjust.

These tips from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism can help you get alcohol out of your life:

  • Write out the reasons you want to stop drinking.
  • Don’t keep alcohol at home.
  • Practice ways to decline politely when someone offers you a drink. Don’t spend time with people who give you a hard time when you don’t drink.
  • Think about other ways to spend the time and money you used to spend on drinking. Play sports or a game, or go out for a meal or movie.
  • Ask your family and friends to help support you. Ask your doctor about other types of support available to people who quit drinking.
  • Plan ahead of time what you’ll do when you feel tempted to drink. Avoid bars where you used to drink and people who drink a lot.
  • Don’t give up, even if you slip up. Most people don’t give up drinking all at once. Get all the support and help you need to succeed.

These organizations can help you find support in your community:


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