People Say I Got A Drinking Problem!
People say I got a drinking problem. At first, I would get upset and argue but the problem is, I know they are right. At the back of any drinker’s mind is the age-old urban legend that stopping drinking is a task somewhere between difficult and downright dangerous.
However, before we get into what is the best way to stop drinking let’s deal with the origin of that myth. While it is true that people who are hopelessly addicted to alcohol, to the point where they can no longer function properly can have a severe reaction to the sudden removal of their drug.
This is not normally the case for the vast majority of people. Most people who arrive at this website are functioning problem drinkers. By that I mean they are holding down jobs and looking after their children etc.
Most people they know won’t have the slightest clue about their problem.
They may simply be in a routine of drinking every day.
Tried To Cut Back & Failed
Almost certainly they have tried to cut back several times and found it a lot harder than they ever expected. After failing to deal with the problem on their own they eventually start to worry that they have a serious issue with alcohol.
There is a strange stigma around alcohol misuse. Smokers don’t feel so ashamed to go public with their attempts to quit. A smoker would probably feel completely at ease sitting on a plane or train reading a ‘how to quit smoking’ book. But it would take a lot of nerve to publically declare your problem drinking by reading a book on alcoholism, such as ‘Alcohol Lied to Me’ in a public place.
Society tends to treat people who are addicted to alcohol as though they are somehow ‘not normal’. They are in some way considered to be sorry, broken and weak-willed individuals. This doesn’t make a whole heap of sense.
To consider someone who drinks a highly addictive drug and then gets addicted as ‘strange’ is illogical. Getting addicted to alcohol is a reasonable conclusion to the activity. It would be like getting angry at someone for jumping into the sea and not being able to stay dry!
People say I got a drinking problem, but I am not the only one! Alcohol is the second most addictive substance in the world, just behind heroin. According to the World Health Organization, it kills someone every 10 seconds. So this is not a harmless social pleasantry.
This is a dangerous drug that knows exactly what it is doing!
The Worst Way to Stop Drinking?
Before we drill down into the best way to stop drinking let’s deal with the worst way. Most people who worry about their alcohol intake will first try to moderate their drinking by cutting back. We tend to underestimate how difficult this is.
It seems simple. Just don’t drink as much, right?
But this is using willpower and there is no power at all in willpower. It’s the reason that diets fail every day.
Two controlling forces motivate us as human beings. The needs to avoid pain and gain pleasure are at the core of every action and deed we undertake. Put someone on a diet in a cake shop or bakery for an hour and you will see just how quickly willpower fails us.
Because alcohol is everywhere, almost woven into the fabric of life. Using willpower to quit drinking or even to moderate drinking is a process with a 95% chance of failure.
Your Beliefs Are The Problem
The problem with booze is that we have been brainwashed into believing some very erroneous facts. Unrestricted marketing and some very underhanded PR practices of the drinks manufacturers have created a fake reality. Alcohol does not help you relax, be more confident or sleep better.
Booze does not warm you up when it’s cold and it does not keep your heart healthy.
All these stories are exactly that, stories.
Tales that are gladly told and retold over generations by drinkers. All looking for permission to carry on drinking.
Because we have all learned to believe the propaganda it makes it very difficult to deal with a drinking problem. People say I got a drinking problem and I am starting to doubt my own justifications these days. I know it’s all an illusion, but we firmly believe that there are benefits to alcohol despite all the evidence.
Giving up something that you believe to be a benefit is very tricky.
The chances are better than good that you don’t also have a heroin problem, but why? By all accounts heroin makes you feel even better than alcohol. So why don’t you use it? The answer is, you don’t believe that adding this drug to your life would be a benefit.
The Truth Shall Set You Free
The best way to stop drinking is to start with your beliefs around the drug. Perhaps, at the moment you don’t even consider it to be a drug. When I quit drinking alcohol I did it by taking everything I believed about alcohol. I stripped away the hearsay and myth and I researched the truth. Slowly but surely I started to realize that there is not a single genuine benefit to alcohol.
I could find no evidence to back up any of the claims of the drinks industry.
When you get to the point where you no longer see any benefit to something, then it becomes easy to cut back dramatically. Or, quit drinking completely – as I did.
So, forget about silly gimmicks, medication or any other fad routine to reduce your alcohol intake.
The solution is not external.
There is no magic bullet and your GP can’t give you a prescription to make this problem go away. None of that stuff works in the long run. Start this journey by address what currently exists inside your head right now.
People Say I Got A Drinking Problem, It’s Time For Action!
In summary, if you want to get back in control of alcohol. Follow this roadmap to success:
- Start by accepting responsibility for the problem. Don’t look for justifications or someone to blame.
- Take positive action today. Delaying dealing with this issue will only make it harder in the long run. Pulling up a one-year-old tree is a lot easier than one that has been standing for decades.
- Learn the truth about alcohol. Dump the hearsay and downright nonsense of the alcoholic drinks industry and discover the reality.
- Get help from someone who has been there. If you want to lose weight don’t ask your obese doctor how to do it. He hasn’t got the first clue. The same holds true for alcoholism problems. Seek the advice and guidance of an expert.
If you want to make the process as quick and easy as possible, reserve your place on today’s free quit drinking webinar with Craig Beck. You will even get a free copy of his best selling book ‘Alcohol Lied To Me’ as a gift for showing up.