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support in giving up - October 4th 2011, 07:38 AM

I need to give up drinking.
I said this before, and did so well.
But its so damn hard. The second i feel low, it seems the only way to forget and stop worrying.
Then it causes me more worries after.

But being in university, about to start freshers week. Theres alcohol everywhere. Most my friends are supportive and are tryng to help me move on. But, i find it so hard to let them.

I need some tips on giving up, but also how to handle going out without drink. How to be able to watch others drink without feeliong the neeed


   
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Re: support in giving up - October 5th 2011, 11:18 AM

You can't expect that you decide to give it up and just never drink again.
It needs to be done slowly and gradually. LIke when we take up drinking, we don't develop a tolerance for it one fine day. We take small doses and get used to it and slowly and gradually a tolerance develops. NOw your body is used to it. Needs it. So giving up is actually reverse. Lessen the amount that you're drinking slowly and gradually.



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Re: support in giving up - October 15th 2011, 09:05 AM

Hey there, I've moved this thread to substance abuse because I think it fits better here.


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Re: support in giving up - October 15th 2011, 10:21 PM

Hey I'm trying to do the same thing and its hard when at uni because everyone drinks and usually we would all sit & drink for a while before going to the dancefloor.
I have found that its not the actual alcohol that makes me have a good night, I have been out a few times recently only drinking coke, but I always had a drink with me so when other were drinking I wouldnt feel awkward because I wasnt. I didnt even notice the lack of alcohol and I had such a great night.
Hope this helps a bit and good luck


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Re: support in giving up - October 15th 2011, 11:31 PM

Why are you drinking?

Social reasons? Are your friends drinkings and you feel awkward?
Personal reasons? You get drunk to forget your problems?
Habit/Boredom? Are you drinking because that's just what you normally do?
Addiction? Is there no reason whatsoever to your behaviour aside from liking the alchohol?

You need to identify why you are drinking and improve that aspect of your life. If it's social, avoid parties where there will be alchohol, and surround yourself with others who just don't feel the need to drink, or learn to be more comftrable around your friends and get them to accept that fact you do not like to drink.

If it's personal (which from your post I suspect it is) you should work on self esteem, and overall "cheering up" techniques, google will help you with this, because I am too lazy.

If it's habitual, I recomend seeking a new hobby or something to occupy your time. If you're busy you can't drink.

If it's addiction you need to work on removing the addiction. Professional help recomended.

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