How can I get my best friend to stop drinking.
My best friend who I’ve known for almost 5 years now took up drinking really fast. Her family has a history for becoming alcoholics, and she said that she thinks that she’s becoming addicted. She wants to stop, but she says she IS addicted. This year was a very hard year for her because three of her friends died,…
Your friend has already made an important and powerful step- she recognizes her problem and wants to quit. That is very good, because it’s very hard for alcoholics to admit that they are an alcoholic and to want to stop. You should acknowledge this and feel proud that she wants to stop.The next step is to actually stop, which is also very hard and probably why she still drinks. To stop, she should first understand why she drinks. To me, it sounds like she is using the bottle to escape reality, because it’s very painful to her. What she needs to understand is that the problems will still be there when she sobers up, and it’s only harming her body to continue drinking. Cold turkey might not work, so she might be able to try drinking progressively less and less.She needs to find something to do that will get her feelings out in a healthy manner. She could try exercising every evening by jogging around the block, or just taking a walk to sort her mind out. If she doesn’t want to try that, you could advise her to start writing or drawing in order to get her feelings out. She could even start a private web journal to rant about her parents or lament over her friends.Committing to not drinking is the most important step. She needs to refuse alcohol, but politely, by telling her friends that she is trying to stop. If she is friends with people who pressure her to drink or just drink around her, that is a temptation and she needs to either ask them not to do it around her or cut off her ties with them. Temptation will be strong, and it’s even stronger when she is being pushed to do it. If she lives with an alcoholic parent, she might be able to try and discuss it with her parent.There are more tips and steps on how to quit drinking without seeing a group in my source. Besides that, she should try looking for books that involve recovering from alcohol addiction.
How to drink without a hangover.
Im going on a big night out with some guys from my work tonight and we have a meal and places booked. I want to have a good few drinks but I want to finish my Christmas shopping tomorrow without being in the horrors..So Im asking what can I do in the hours before I go out (eat/drink anything, vitamins etc..) to…
How to avoid hangoverBEFORE YOU DRINK:Eat: Eat something that has vitamin B and C such as fruit. If you are going to an after hour party, you should eat early dinner before you go to the party or eat while you drink. The fructose in foods will help absorb alcohol.Vitamins B & C: Take vitamins B & C. Alcohol will deplete nutrients from your body and the vitamins will help you replace what you lose from your body by drinking. Drinking orange juice, grapefruit juice, and grape juice will also help.Drink Milk: Milk will help absorb alcohol slowly.Know Your Body: If you had hangovers before, learn from your experience. Were you drinking dark liquor? Were you drinking different types of liquor all night? Were you drinking too fast? Try to analyze what your body can handle. Dark liquors (or colourless liquors) make some people feel sick. Some say drinking different types of liquors or liqueurs bring them headaches. However what you drink doesn’t matter as much as how much you drink.Do Not Drive: Do not drive a car to get to where you will be drinking unless you have somebody who can drive you back.WHILE YOU DRINK:Drink Water: always order a cup of water when ordering an alcohol beverage. Water will help rehydrate your system. The more water you drink, the better solution after the night.Eat while you drink: Try to eat while you drink if possible. Food will not only help absorb alcohol slowly, but also slow your drinking pitch down.Order fruit cocktails: Fresh fruit juice will replace the vitamins that you lose from your body while drinking. If you know that you are not a big drinker, try cocktails with simple ingredients such as Rum and Orange Juice or Vodka and Cranberry Juice etc.Watch Your Pace: Never drink too fast. Drink as slow as possible. When you feel fine (meaning when you can tell or cannot tell that alcohol starts changing your behavior, thinking, and sight etc.), you should stop drinking alcohol and drink water. If the party goes longer than you expected, order some fruit juice.AFTER:Drink Water: before going to bed, drink water. Do not drink coffee. Coffee will help dehydration.Vitamins B & C: Take some vitamins before going to bed.Sleep: sleeping may be difficult because your body temperature is higher than usual. If you can’t go to sleep, drink more water. If you need to throw up, throw up. When you wake up, drink more water and eat some fruits and try to go back to sleep.Despite all the things that you could do to avoid a hangover before you drink and as you drink, if you still get a hangover, you are not trying enough. Think about what went wrong and learn from your experience. And remember, drinking is supposed to be fun! Not to throw up at the end of the night.
how did you stop drinking alcohol & why.
i need to stop my liver enzymes are real high. i have tried AA but seem to slip again what do i do????
I am in recovery now. I started drinking at 8,moved onto harder stuff, wasted almost 20 years being an addict, jail, all of it. The best advice I can give you is to continue going to AA, remember, being a member does not require that you stop drinking, you are a member as long as you show up and have the DESIRE to stop. Also, and this sucks, and I myself once fought tooth and nail to avoid it, but have you though about getting into a treatment program? I actually was court ordered, which isn’t, in my opinion, isn’t as affective as really wanting to do it on you own, but I spent about two years in full time treatment, after I spent 8 months in a rehab/jail type setting. The thing is, is that all addicts and alcoholics have many reasons to use. The years we spend ‘stuffing; them away, and using drugs to cover them up is actually what holds us down. We have resentments, insecurities, angers, the same as everyone else, but WE use to deal with them. It is a long and difficult and wonderful process, but as long as”you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got?” Why did you slip? What was your trigger? I’m not asking to know personally, but you have to become well acquainted with what types of thoughts/feelings/situations put you in danger of relapse and avoid them-this includes certain people too. Basically, you have to relearn everything, including how to make HEALTHY decisions, going to AA and getting yourself a good sponsor that know what they’re doing helps, but if it only gets you so far, you might want to look at treatment. Also, yes, spirituality is an important part of recovery, but I can honestly tell you that if you are in fact an alcoholic, all going to church is going to do is make you a drunk hypocrite. Please stick with it-fake it ’till you make it- If your not ready for the treatment idea, go to meetings-alot. ANd really listen, get yourself the big book and start working those steps, it has helped countless people, it can help you too. But you can only do it for yourself
How do I stop drinking.
I’m 16 and my mom is an alcoholic. Alcoholism runs in my family and now I think its starting to kick in in my daily life. It’s pointless and stupid of me I know but I like drinking to get high. I don’t need to drink to forget. The alcohol in my house (only the party alcohol) is not locked up and I…
try to spend time with other people that don’t drink.spend as much time away from home as possible.talk to your mom (if you can,i know that may be hard).last, i would STRONGLY suggest opening your phone book and looking up ‘al-anon’. it’s not AA, it’s support for family and friends of alcoholics. i think that would be a good, safe place for you to not only get the help you need, but how to cope with your mother’s addiction.Al-Anon and Alateenhttp://www.al-anon.org/
How to stop drug/alcohol abuse.
I’ve tried reaching out but I’m not getting anywhere; I don’t want to go to rehab, I can’t afford it and I’m not physically addicted to anything, it’s 100% mental. I binge drink/use in the moment, and it’s causing me health problems and it’s seriously messing with other things in my…
Try a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It can really help to have this kind of support and they can also point you towards more help in your community. There are always free social programs to help those with substance issues. It also might help to start studying up on what the physical effects on the body are- knowledge os power, There are tones of great books in the library and lots of info online.Good luck.11.5 years sober.
How do I ask my parents to stop drinking.
They aren’t like alcoholics, but whenever they’re with their friends, they drink a lot and end up passing out and being really annoyed the next day. It’s starting to annoy me, since they’ve also started offering me alcohol, even though I’m only 15.What can I do?
Number one: congratulate yourself!YOU recognize the fact that alcohol can be bad for you-while your parents don’t. 15 is definitely too young to be drinking!As to their behavior, if they aren’t alcoholics now, they’re definitely on the way to becoming so. But you can’t make them stop. you can, however, learn how to live with them, with the least amount of hardship for yourself.The best way, I’m told, is to call a group called Al-Anon. They’re listed in almost all phone books, and meetings are usually held in Church or library basements. Try and call-or look online. If there are none nearby, or if you aren’t allowed to go, I’m sure there’s online support. Whatever you do, don’t isolate yourself, and don’t feel responsible for your parent’s drinking. It’s they’re choice-every time they pick up the bottle. And, although it seems as if it would be easy, don’t end up turning to alcohol yourself. You see the effects every time your parents drink.
How to stop my mums drinking problem.
My mum has had a drinking problem for probably about 15 years that I know of, and I know it is a big step to try and stop it but I can’t sit back and watch her drink her life away.I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me come up with ideas on how to stop her drinking problem, I’ve tried a…
Perhaps try contacting an organisation related to alcoholism and see what advice they can give you, it may also help to urge her to seek help herself 🙂
How do I ask my mother to stop drinking.
I’m 16, going on 17 and my little sister is 13, going on 14. My parents have been drinking ever since I can remember.. Which has been since I was about 3 or 4 I guess. I talked to my dad about it, and he promised to stop. It seems he has, I haven’t seen him drink in months or smelled it in his breath…..
Women have a harder time stopping than men. The movie “Days of Wine and Roses” is a good illustration of that. My info is from going through rehab. My suggestion is to join Al Ateen. People usually do not stop just because you asked them to. They have to hit their bottom before they stop. Luckily your dad was listening to you. Do some reading on alcoholism and also children of alcoholics. There is also a group called Adult Children of Alcoholics which you might want to join someday when you are grown but there are books on that too that you can start reading anytime.The more you know the better you will be able to cope with your life. There is no set way to ask her to stop. Everyone is different.
how to stop drinking.
is there any reliable medicine to stop drinking?
There is no medicine that will make you want to stop. If you have a serious drinking problem, it is probably necessary to be detoxified in-patient at a hospital or treatment center. They will help your physical withdrawal buy monitoring your vital signs, (pulse, blood pressure, tremors, etc.) and giving you medication, A benzodiazepine (like Ativan, Librium and the like) to see to it that you are medically safe, and won’t have a seizure or D.T.s (Delerium Tremons) from the alcohol coming out of your system. As you begin to feel better, and you WILL,with elp, and begin to eat normally, and sleep normally, they will then begin to wean you off the medications, so that you will then be safely alccohol and drug free.If at this point, you really want to Stop drinking totally, or even just for a few weeks or months to see how it goes, you can be prescribed a medication that acts within your liver so that your body can’t tolerate the imbibing of any amount of alcohol, or you will have several adverse reactions. This medicine’s trade name is Anatabuse, (I forget the generic name, something like dissisulfram,) This makes the alcohol go directly into your bloodstrem instead of being processed through your liver as it normally would. The side effects of drinking while on this can vary from sweating, headache, bright red face, and the need to lay down if you only have a few drops of alcohol, to the chance of heart attack and/or stroke if you have more. Some physicians hesitate to prescribe this medication to patients who may try to still continue to drink, because of the dangers. You have to be alcohol-free for 5 days prior to starting the Antabuse, and it stays in your system for approximately 2 weeks after you stop taking it. This gives a person who is serious abount wanting to stay sober time to stop and think when an impulse to drink happens.I suggest you speak to your primary care physician if you have one, first, who can suggest what you should do first to stop drinking, and when you have done that. then you can decide, along with your caregivers, whether or not taking Antabuse as an extra help measure is a good idea.I wish you well, call A.A. if you want, there is a phone number in your local phone book in the white pages, and it is usually the first number there. Look in the yellow pages or call a help line to find a treatment center for advice, and, perhaps, to try one out. If you go voluntarily, you can leave at any time voluntarily also.Godspeed. You will be in my prayers(No, I am not religious person,) but I do say prayers for myself and others. It can’t hurt, and it can help.p.s. A.A. is not the only way, depending on where you live, there is also a program called ‘Rational Recovery’, and, for women, ‘Women for Sobriety’ Pls, pardon any typos, this is too long to corret them and still get this answer to you in a timely manner.
- Alcoholics Freedom Guide- How To Stop Drinking Permanently- Steps To An Alcohol Free Life ebook by Bill Dunkley
- Stop Binge Drinking for Women- Change Your Drinking Habits With Hypnotherapy ebook by Ailsa Frank
- Overcoming Your Alcohol Drug & Recovery Habits ebook by James DeSena
- Safe Road Home- Stop Your Teen From Drinking & Driving ebook by Karen Goodman
- Alcohol and Caffeine- A Study of Their Psychological Effects ebook by Harvey Nash