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What Will It Take For You To Stop Drinking Alcohol

Updated on August 12, 2013

The Big Question Is ?

For anyone reading this, here are a few questions for you to answer honestly. What will it take for you to stop drinking alcohol?

  • Does your life need to hit rock bottom before you do something about your drinking?
  • Does your spouse need to threaten you for the 100th time that he/she will leave you?
  • Does your health need to fail you enough to be hospitalized?
  • Do you need to get one or more DUI to stop drinking?
  • Do you need to have jail time added to your resume?
  • Do you need to hurt an innocent person to realize you are doing wrong?
  • Do you have to be told by your Doctor you only have X amount of months to live unless you stop drinking alcohol?

So, what would it take you to stop drinking alcohol? Do any of the above scare you enough to stop drinking? If one or two, or all of them have frighten you, what is your plan to change your life around?

I know I am full of questions here in this hub, but I have a feeling if those who are addicted to alcohol see questions in black and white you might just study them and think to yourself what will be your destiny in life if you continue on your road to self- destruction.

I truly believe it would take most of the above to happen to an alcoholic in order for he/she to stop drinking, but in some cases even the above will not make some alcoholics stop drinking and thinking of what they are doing to them self and others.

I guess it goes to show you that if you want to stop drinking and have to have it in your heart and soul to do so. If you have the desire it will happen and sobriety will be achieved. It will happen, but it will take work and pure willingness and determination to get and stay sober. Nothing is easy right?

So what do you think? What is it going to take for you to stop drinking alcohol? Help me out here and tell me if I missed anything above that would put some fire under your butt and help you decide to quit drinking and abusing alcohol.

When I re-read what I have written, those questions scared the crap out of me even now, and I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now. I don't understand why it takes someone to almost face death or possibly losing their family or get struck by poor health all because of a avoidable addiction to alcohol.

I think back at my past and find it so hard to believe that I was that weak to let the demons control my life. If you know you have an addition to alcohol and deep down you know you need help, and need to get sober, don't be afraid to just ask for the help and get yourself sober before something horrible happens to you or someone else.

Some May Never Be Ready to Quit

Lets face it. Some alcoholics may never quit drinking no matter what happens in their life. No matter who they hurt and possibly kill. No matter if they get numerous DUI or jail time. No matter how bad their health declines they will not budge and quit drinking until they take their last breathe here on earth.

It is really sad to say this, but their are many people just like this. I think they must say to themselves, "whats the use of quitting drinking now?" They may not realize that they can be helped or they just don't care about anything, including their own life.

So no matter what we say to those people, or any threats given, they will not budge and will continue to drink. Either you want to have sobriety in your life and get the help needed or you simply don't. That is the bottom line I would imagine.


© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @Michele, thank you for stopping by to read and the Vote up as well. I also know a few people that have died because of alcohol. very sad!!!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Ruth, Thanks again for your comment. I was so lucky to be able to quit on my own, but believe me Ruth I was scared to death to do it for not knowing what might happen with the absence of alcohol in my body! I took the chance and keep the positive attitude and continued to pray to God to please help me get through this and with his help and my pure determination to get sober it worked. I am truly Blessed. Thank you!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Claire, thanks for reading and comment and sorry to hear about your daughter's Godfather. It is really so sad to hear things such as this. Stay strong Claire! :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Toolsonline, Thank you for reading this and I am so sorry to hear about you and your ex wife. It is such a shame that so many people just can not shake this addiction no matter how hard someone like yourself tries to help. My wife also put up with so many things with me and my drinking. She hung there because she knew that one day I would come to my senses but I think she was towards the end of waiting until I saw what might happen by her leaving and smarten up real fast and stopped the drinking and I thing it was just in time. I truly hope your ex wife will see the light and will get better soon and you can at least be friends again.

      God Bless you my friend and stay positive she will come around !

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Cindy, thank you so much again for your kind words to me and my writing. I just to write, and knowing I may help someone is the best feeling in the word :)

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Many of those and more are the ones that do help people stop. The sad part is that some people simply die from this disease. Another great hub voted up!

    • ruthclark3 profile image

      Ruth Clark 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Voted up for this one. Education on a topic is the first thing one needs in order to address an addiction.

      So many alcoholics just a short while ago (20 or 30 years) were so shamed and society so judgmental, that it was difficult for anyone to get help.

      And, let's face it - to stop anything so ingrained as addiction takes help. I don't know of anyone (and I know quite a few) who stopped on their own. Maybe a few did who I would say were only heavy drinkers, not addicted.

      What you are doing with your hubs is giving people some education about the disease of alcoholism and how to reach out for help.

      The stigma has been lifted somewhat and it's no longer the "gutter" drunks who can get the necessary help. Keep up the good work. I don't always comment, but I do read your hubs.

    • clairemy profile image


      6 years ago

      My daughter's godfather became an alcoholic and ended up penniless and alone. It was so sad !! thankyou for writing this hub.

    • Toolsonline profile image


      6 years ago from Up to my Neck in it!

      My Ex wife was an Alcoholic, In the end I had to leave and just leave her to it. My "help" just enabled her to drink all the easier and it made my life hell, there comes a point when you just have to do what is right for you and abandon them to whatever fate they have - "kill or cure."

      She tried to commit suicide when I left, but it was pretty clear she was just trying to make me come back, when I didn't she just got stuck into drinking with her friends...

      As far as I know my ex still drinks heavily, many of her "friends" have died due to drink and drugs but nothing seems to deter her.. not yet anyway!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You speak so many true words here Mark, I love the hubs you write as they send a very important and clearly worded message to anyone who needs to listen!


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