November 22nd was a big occasion for myself as this date marked 1 year since i gave up alcohol.I wanted to totally give up alcohol so i gave myself an initial goal of giving up for one year and then reassess the situation.I now know that there is nothing to ponder about,and that my life is a lot better without alcohol.It hasn’t been plain sailing but it wasn’t as difficult as i first thought as i have previous experiences of quiting alcohol.The only difference this time is that i wanted to quit permanently.I have now set myself up to do this,BUT i have to be on my guard every day as alcohol is the craftiest of drugs.Here is to more years of sobriety. 18 months ago
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How I did it: 1.I made the decision to quit alcohol.This was the hardest part of the whole process.This is the most crucial part in deciding if your serious or not.You can't fool yourself.
2.Once i made the decision i set a date and stuck to it.
3.I read The easy way to stop drinking by allen carr prior to quiting.
4.This may sound hard to others,but i had to make this the main priority in my life in the initial stages.
5.Read a lot of sources on the internet by people going through the same process.
6.Took it a day at a time, then a week at a time ,and then a month at a time.
7.I had to be prepared for the changes in my life such as a slower social life,changes in relationships and a whole host of other issues life will throw at you when you no longer drink.
8.I had to let people know that i didn't drink anymore.This isn't always straight forward, as it makes some people feel uneasy.
9.I stayed determined and i always will.
Read how I did it… 18 months ago
9 months into my teetotal challenge and i feel great.I don’t miss the alcohol at all now but i will not take this for granted as drink has a insidious habit of sneeking in by the back door whilst you’re not paying attention.So far my life has been so much better without the drink but i still have work to do in improving other aspects of my life.Every single day i don’t drink is a blessing. 21 months ago
6 Months now,so I’m at the half way stage at the present,but I don’t really see it like that as I will carry on with my alcohol free life once this goal is completed and I’ve done a full year.Bringing alcohol back into my life is no longer an option anymore,not even the occasional one which slowly creeps back into a fully blown bad habit denying me a fullfilling life where I can be the best person I can be.I know the damage it can do going back to drinking after a period of long abstinence.After I completed a previous abstinence period of 18 months I went back on the drink with a vengence.I was drinking more than I ever did previously and this resulted in me drink driving and crashing into a parked car.No one was hurt luckily and that should of been the warning after my court appearance but I carried on drinking none the less.I now live a teetotal life and will keep it so.Next update 36 weeks. 2 years ago