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Seeking Advice. - July 29th 2012, 05:19 AM

Hey everyone,

I could really do with some decent advice, I'm 22 years old and have just started my professional career as a Graphic Designer, everything is going great with that side of things, I've won a couple of awards in my first year, been given a job in an award winning agency and so I'm really pleased and proud of myself with all of that. But my problem is that I can't kick my old teenage year habits, the ridiculous binge drinking on the weekend is my main worry as it's starting to affect my relationship as well as my personal design projects. I always end up falling back into that 'go out and party hard' mindset even though I say to myself I want to change. I get my self into ridiculous situations that will one day end up resulting in losing the one I love (very close to this), losing my job or being killed. I'm aware that I need to stop this, but I'm having a lot of trouble getting myself out of these habits. Please if anyone has any tips or advice that would be great. I want to be the best I can be and with this binge drinking and smoking it's not going to happen.

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Re: Seeking Advice. - July 29th 2012, 05:29 AM

Well as a first and most obvious step, you need to drastically limit both your alcohol intake and time spent around the people who help perpetuate the habit. Before I got my current job I was getting plastered every single weekend, but after I got hired I quickly realized that managers don't take kindly to their employees showing up late and hungover. I hated the way I felt after a boozed up night having to drag myself into work with no energy and a headache. I ended up asking to be scheduled to work on the weekends so I'd have no opportunity to party, and it worked. Try that, if possible.
   
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Re: Seeking Advice. - July 29th 2012, 05:57 AM

You just need to remove yourself from the atmosphere, the people who cling to that atmosphere, and the substances. That is what I did. Pour your remaining liquor down the toilet or give it away, and then don't go to any parties where the stuff is available.

It will probably mean not seeing friends at first and maybe loosing them, but if all they want to do is drink with you, what kind of friends are they anyway?



   
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