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Why Quit Drinking Alcohol?

How To Give Up Alcohol Course

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER
Please note that the information contained in this report is for information
and educational purposes only. None of this information constitutes
medical advice or replaces medical advice from your own practitioner. You
are strongly recommended to consult your medical practitioner if you have
any alcohol dependence issues whatsoever. Also, if you have significant
alcoholism issues, you are highly recommended to consult alcohol support
groups depending upon how serious your condition is.
The authors, publisher and interviewed experts can be held in no liability
for your use or misuse of this information and you hereby agree to take
responsibility for your use of this material. If you do not agree with these
terms, please return the report to info@alcoholfreesociallife.com. Your
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with this disclaimer.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

So You Want to Quit Drinking Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Reasons to Quit Drinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Benefits of Giving up Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Tips to Help You Quit Drinking Alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Message from the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

How To Give Up Alcohol Course

Hello!
Thank you for your interest in the ebook, Why Give Up Alcohol?.
In this ebook, we have compiled the best information from our articles and
posts on giving up alcohol. This collection discusses many of the reasons
people decide to stop drinking, and the benefits you will reap by giving up
alcohol.
We have also given you tips and strategies for how to stop drinking
without expensive counseling or 12-step programs. On the following pages
you will find the collective wisdom of the author, Rahul Nag, and many
others he has consulted with and learned from over the years. You can read
more about Rahul on the last page of this ebook.
Finally, you will learn about our program, the Give Up Alcohol Course.
This is a course that you can take in the comfort of your own home. By
taking the course you will understand more about your current drinking
patterns, figure out what you want to do about your drinking, learn
strategies to change your drinking and explore deeper related issues.
Happy reading – if you have questions or comments visit the website
above, or email info@alcoholfreesociallife.com.
Thanks again!

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So You Want to Quit Drinking Alcohol. . .
If you have reached the point where you want to quit drinking alcohol there is a lot of
opportunity to do just this. There are people, websites, organizations, support groups
and others that can help you.

The first question
Ask yourself why you want to quit drinking alcohol?
Is it just a temporary thing because you have been drinking heavily recently? Or is it a
long-term goal you have? What will you gain by quitting?
This question is important so that you can feel motivated and encouraged. When you
think about the answers to these questions, they must make you feel emotionally
moved and energized. Emotion is a key element of decision-making and taking action.
Without a strong understanding of why you want to quit, it could be hard to do this.
Take a bit of time to think this through.
If you are on the edge of making a decision, start by listing and reliving some of the
negative impacts that alcohol has had on you. Then, work out a plan to make the
necessary changes to quit.
Also consider if you want to quit drinking forever, for a specific period (a month or
six months) or for a particular goal e.g. because you are planning your wedding or
doing a marathon, triathlon, etc.

Steps To Quit Drinking Alcohol
Once you are secure in your decision to quit alcohol, the next thing is to make a plan.
The first step is to see your doctor. You must get their input; it could be physically
dangerous for you to suddenly quit drinking if you have been drinking heavily for a
long time. You may need to gradually reduce your drinking rather than giving up in
one go. Your doctor can advise you and may be able to suggest medication to take to
help you.
With your doctor’s input, the next step is to decide how to stop drinking. One of the
absolute key things is the environment. This includes people, place and things. Say
you have been going to the same bar after work for years and drinking heavily there.
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If you go back and say you are no longer drinking, there could be heavy peer pressure,
not to mention sheer force of habit which could drag you in.
This means you will almost certainly need to look at a new way of doing things – new
people, places and activities. Even just going home every evening may be difficult if
that is where you drink heavily. You will need to look at and change your routine.
Another step that can be helpful is keeping a diary or journal to record where you
drank, how much and who with. If you can reflect on what happened each day, it will
help you plan in advance and avoid situations that are difficult for you.

Drinking Slips
You may find that you lapse on a particular day or days. This is a normal part of the
process, so keep your eyes focused on the long term goal and keep going!
You can also use any slips as a learning experience. Why did you slip? By looking back
at your day, you might find there was something specific you hadn’t considered that
caused you to drink.
Think of what else you can do instead of drinking. Is there a hobby or passion you
haven’t done in a while? Maybe you can spend time doing that instead of drinking.
Finally, you can factor in ‘rewards’ for cutting down or quitting successfully for a
period of time. Think of things you enjoyed doing in the past and plan to do
something special to celebrate your success.

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Reasons to Quit Drinking
If you enjoy drinking alcohol, giving it up may seem like a daunting task. But quitting
drinking has many benefits—and all of them are hangover-free!
Whether you are a problem drinker or someone who has the ability to drink
responsibly, saying no to alcohol will lead to marked improvement in three important
aspects of your life: physical health, emotional/psychological health and relationships
(personal and professional).

Quit Drinking: Improved Physical Health
Alcohol, particularly in large quantities, is not good for your body. When you drink,
you tax your liver, raise your blood sugar levels and dehydrate your body. While these
side-effects go away once the alcohol has cleared your system, over a long period of
time habitual drinking can lead to the development of the following health conditions:


Hyperglycemia



Heart Disease



Liver Disease



Obesity



Kidney Disease

The above are just a few of the most serious health issues associated with problem
drinking. If you want to avoid these conditions and live a life that is physically
healthy—a life that allows you to feel good in your body—then giving up alcohol will
set you on the right path to achieving this goal.

Quit Drinking: Improved Psychological/Emotional Health
Alcohol is harmful to more than just your physical body. If consumed in large
quantities, alcohol can wreak havoc on your psychological/emotional state of mind.
Ever been to a party where the hostess was so drunk that she started crying in front
of everyone on the living room floor? Ever seen a violent bar fight? These situations
are examples of alcohol taking over a drinker’s psyche.
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Drinking has many negative psycho/emotional side-effects. Alcohol impairs your
sense of balance and memory. It lowers your inhibitions and numbs your emotions.
For some people, it leads to poor decision making and risk taking, for others
aggression and rage. For a certain group of drinkers—problem drinkers—it can lead
to alcohol psychosis.
Alcohol psychosis occurs when a drinker loses touch with reality. It is not the same as
merely being drunk—alcohol psychosis causes the drinker to feel anxious and
threatened. The drinker sometimes hallucinates and can even experience a full
psychotic breakdown.
Most people who drink do not experience alcohol psychosis, but anyone who suffers
from mental health issues or other emotional disturbances runs the risk of a psychotic
episode when they drink. Thus, keeping away from alcohol is a good strategy to stay
mentally and emotionally healthy.

Quit Drinking: Improved Personal and Professional Relationships
If you slow down the pace at which you drink, you’ll find it much easier to drink less
over the course of a night. Try having a non-alcoholic alternative – a glass of water,
some juice, a soda or even a cup of coffee – between each alcoholic drink to make it
easier to control your intake.
As well as helping you to cut down on your drinking, including non-alcoholic options
has the added benefit of rehydrating your body. This can lessen the effects of any
unpleasant hangovers the next morning.

Quit Drinking: Get Support from Friends and Family
If possible, let the people close to you know about your attempts to control your
drinking. Then, if you’re feeling the urge to drink too much and give up on your new
lifestyle, you can get support from them to overcome the feeling. Talk to your doctor
about your plans, as well. He or she can advise you on the best way to deal with any
alcohol cravings that you may experience.
Learning how to control your drinking can be hard work, but it’s always worth it in
the end. By following the advice above, and you’ll see that taking small steps can have
a huge effect on the amount of alcohol that you’re consuming.
Take a look at the Give Up Alcohol Course to find out more.
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Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol
You may have heard that having a few drinks is fine. For most people a glass of wine
or a beer now and again is perfectly fine. Specifically, red wine contains antioxidants
which are beneficial to your health. The problem with alcohol is that many
individuals simply can’t stop at one or two drinks; they continue to consume alcohol
well past any health benefits of a glass of wine.

When Alcohol is Too Much
The typical backyard party involves the consumption of many glasses of beer or entire
bottles of wine. This copious consumption destroys any health benefits from alcohol
and starts to cause real harm to the body. When you consume large quantities of
alcohol it harms all the organs of the body and depresses the nervous system.
The liver is only able to process a small amount of alcohol at one time. A small glass
of red wine with a meal would be fine, but once you start drinking several glasses your
liver becomes overwhelmed. As you keep drinking your body starts to lose function
and you become seriously impaired. If you drive a vehicle you become a serious
danger to yourself and others on the road.

Benefits of Quitting Drinking
Those who drink too much may experience many benefits once they quit drinking


Improved Health – Once you quit drinking your health will improve. You’ll no
longer be taxing your liver with too much alcohol and you’ll decrease your
chances of developing alcohol related diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver or
heart problems. If you adopt a healthy diet and exercise, you can lose the
weight you have been carrying around from all that drinking.



More Income – Alcohol is expensive and it can deplete your finances in short
order. If you quit drinking you’ll have more income to do fun things besides
drinking. You could take a trip, or go out to dinner more often.



More Productivity – When you drink too much, the hangover the next day
makes it almost impossible to do anything properly. If you stop drinking you’ll
get more done and your productivity will rise. You will also reduce the risk of
losing your job due to sick days you take off from hangovers.
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