If you’re determined to stop drinking alcohol for 30 days or more, but you’re worried how you’ll manage to stick to it, then you might find some of these ideas useful. Here are all the things I did to stay on track when I decided to give up alcohol:
How to stop drinking alcohol for 30 days or more
1) I read ‘quit lit’
There are loads of great books out there offering advice on how to stop drinking. They range from very personal accounts of addiction to motivational guides and psychology-based books, aimed at changing your mindset, so you view drinking differently.
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
The Sober Diaries
The Sober Diaries
This Naked Mind by Annie Grace
Annie Grace is the queen of sobriety – so many people credit this book with helping them finally quit! It’s packed with psychological insights into why we drink, and why we don’t need it – as well as explainers on the physical effects.
Alcohol Explained by William Porter
This self-published no-nonsense book has become a sensation and answers all the questions you have about how alcohol affects your body and mind. Follow the Facebook group for weekly live Q&As with the author.
2) I tried Allen’s Carr’s Easyway to Stop Drinking Alcohol
This method, which has been credited by dozens of celebrities for helping them quit various addictions, seeks to undo all of the brainwashing you’ve been exposed to about drink, and encourages you to see yourself as free from alcohol rather than it being something you’re painfully trying to withdrawal from.
3) I signed up for an online course on how to stop drinking alcohol
The Naked Mind author Annie Grace charges £35/$47 to sign up for her 30 Day Experiment online course. I haven’t tried it, but it’s had great reviews. You can also download the FREE app, which includes lots of really useful resources – including daily video lessons. You can start at any time and when you sign up, you’re automatically added to a chat room as well, so you can talk to other people who’ve just started the course. Daily lessons include, for example – Why We Think We Like to Drink, Why Will Power Doesn’t Work For Long, and How Alcohol Affects Your Senses.