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6 Steps for Going Alcohol-Free

a journey can be difficult, but choosing to go alcohol-free can be especially
challenging. Particularly in our society, alcohol seems to be around us
everywhere in every way. Making a change to living without it can seem like a
daunting, and even overwhelming, task.

anything can be accomplished if you simply know the steps. While living
alcohol-free might seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. If you want to
commit to a healthier lifestyle and give up alcohol altogether, then you’ve
come to the right place. To help you get started on your non-alcoholic journey,
we put together a quick guide with six steps for going alcohol-free.

1. List your reasons.

first step in going alcohol-free is identifying why you want to make the change
in the first place. Perhaps you feel you’ve been drinking too much. Or, you’re
worried about the health risks associated with alcohol. Maybe you just want to
invest your time and money into something more productive. Keep these ideas in
mind, then make a physical list of your reasons for giving up alcohol. These
reasons will keep you on track and focused when things seem overwhelming.

2. Build support.

create a support network of friends or family members who will be there with
you throughout the process. You
don’t want
these people to be your drinking buddies. Instead, you want them to be
trustworthy people in your life who will support your decision, hold you
accountable and encourage you when things feel challenging. No difficult feat
is accomplished alone, so make sure you build a team of supporters who will be
there every step of the way.

3. Set goals.

know what they say: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, neither was giving up
alcohol. Instead of trying to immediately quit everything, set goals. For
example, first try giving up alcohol for one full month. This is a smaller,
easier goal than “never drinking again.” After the first month, go for a
second, then a third, then try living alcohol-free for one full year. Soon
enough, you won’t even remember the last time you wanted a drink.

4. Develop hobbies.

on how often you typically drink alcohol, chances are you might need to find
new ways to spend your time. Now is the perfect opportunity to develop hobbies!
A busy schedule is the best way to keep yourself occupied so you don’t have any
down time to
want to drink. Check in
your community or with friends or family members to see what clubs and
activities are available for you to get involved in. With a packed schedule,
you’ll be too busy to even think about drinking.

5. Prepare emotionally.

every person is different, giving up alcohol is not an easy transition. There
will be tough days. There will be days when all you want to do is relax after
work by going to the bar with friends. This is why emotional preparation is
vital to successfully living alcohol-free. Promise yourself that whether the
day is good or bad, you will stay committed to your goals. Review your reasons
for going-alcohol free, reach out to your support network or find a different
activity to help you fight temptations.

6. Get back up.

those tough days, there will inevitably be a moment or two when you mess up and
have a drink. During these times, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, focus on the
next day, the next opportunity and the next chance you have to get back up.
This lifestyle shift is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Whenever you have a
minor setback, shake it off and keep moving forward. You will be glad you did.

never easy to start a new journey, but it
worth it. If you want to make the change to an alcohol-free lifestyle, keep
these six steps in mind for a happy, healthy transition.