50 Ways to leave your lager
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Cutting Down

Admit drinking is causing the problems. People drink to forget about problems, but alcohol has never resolved a single problem for anyone. If anything, drinking only makes problems worse.

You will feel good when you make changes. Many, many people successfully change.

Seek help and you are far, far more likely to succeed.

If you are a heavy drinker who drinks every day, you need to cut down before stopping, or you need to see your GP or alcohol specialist about having a detox. Otherwise you will suffer withdrawal symptoms, which can be a dangerous shock to your body. Some people have fits, hallucinations, and experience extreme anxiety.

Look after yourself; eat as well and healthily as you can. So many problems are caused by poor diet.

Set clear and achievable goals, write them down, and use a drinking diary.

Keep busy so you do not think about drinking as much.


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12) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa55.htm