5 ways your life will change after quitting drinking

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Changes After Quitting Drinking

Yes quitting drinking is a worry. Especially because alcohol has been deeply woven into all areas of your life. To expect nothing to change when you remove this addiction is being unrealistic.

The hard reality is; many things will change. A lot of them will be instantly positive, some will be challenging and some will require a complete overhaul of your life.

1. Time

quitting drinkingBack when I was a drinker I would start on the wine the very moment my foot crossed the threshold of my home.

By 8 pm I would be unconscious. I would awake at 7 am exhausted – despite being in bed for nearly eleven hours!

These days I sleep for 7 hours and wake up full of energy and vitality.

Plus, I never wake up full of regret and guilt, like I used to do when I was on the booze.

This might sound like a huge benefit of quitting drinking (and it is) but initially, it’s going to present you with a problem. What are you going to do with all this extra time?

You absolutely must do something valuable with it or you are in danger of falling back into the old routines and habits.

So be prepared to take up a new hobby, go back to a project you gave up in favor of the drink, spend more time with the family and even walk the dog a lot more.

2. Relationships

Your relationships with the people you share your life with are going to change. In most cases, this will be a hugely positive thing!

Alcohol prevents us being fully present. It turns us into zombies and let me tell you Zombies don’t make great partners or parents.

However, there is a risk that alcohol was masking problems in your relationship.

If you believe this to be the case – be prepared for some turbulence in this area of your life. Maybe it’s time to make a change or maybe it’s time to put some work into your marriage.

Only you will know – once you get the zombie juice out of your life.

3. Friends

Your Social Circle May Change

Giving up alcohol is going to show you who your real friends are! Drinkers believe they have a lot of friends and a big social circle.

The truth is, they know a lot of people who are also addicted to the same drug.

People who are addicted to alcohol like to drink together. This social proof makes them feel better about what they know (subconsciously) to be a harmful and illogical habit.

When you stop drinking you may be shocked to discover that some of your friends were only there to drink. They have no real interest in you at all.

Losing these sorts of ‘friends’ is no hardship and will help you on your sober journey.

Remember the old saying ‘if you lay down with dogs you will get up with fleas’.

4. What Does Fun Mean?

After quitting drinking you may have to redefine what ‘fun’ means.

When I was a drinker I would ONLY attend social occasions if I knew I could drink there. If there was no alcohol involved I pre-decided it was dull and boring.

When I became sober I tried to keep going to places I had enjoyed previously. However, I found they were no longer fun. The people who I once thought were hilarious seemed to be just bumbling fools.

For a while, I felt a bit lost and unsure what to do socially.

You can’t expect to remove an addictive drug and keep going to the places designed to administer it!

5. You

You are going to change AND people are going to notice. Some of them might even be suspicious and suspect you are ‘on something’ (oh the irony).

You will be going to work with so much more energy and vitality that people will not be able to help but notice the difference.

Don’t try and suppress this new you – embrace it! Start getting the life and results you really deserve. The better life that alcohol has been stealing from you for so long.

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Craig Beck - The Stop Drinking Expert

About the author: Craig Beck ([email protected]) is a British personal development and self-help author who has written several bestselling books on alcohol addiction. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with an expert knowledge of human behavior. He has gone on to help over 50,000 people to quit drinking, without willpower, rehab or medication. More Information >>>

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