How can you reduce the amount that you drink, if you drink every day?
I assume you are referring to alcohol. Nicola, in all seriousness and with all due respect, I could not respond to this short, general question as you have posed it. I have no way of knowing what you drink, when, where, under what circumstances and literally how many drinks in a day.
I do get the sense that you feel this could very well be a serious issue, and you would be correct to think this.
I would be more than happy to provide you with some helpful comments, but again, I have too little to base my thoughts upon. Perhaps you can think of some way to elaborate.....shall I read a hub you have written on this topic? I will go to your site and see what I might find........I can say at this point that I'm curious as to why you are looking to "reduce the amount," as opposed to eliminating drinking from your life entirely.?
Thank you for such thoughtfulness. You are so right, there is always much more to these things. I used to drink a glass or two of wine most nights, but having a baby changed all that. I am deeply grateful as I don't think I would have chosen it.
Simply by drinking in moderation. For example if you normally drink 2 bottles of wine a day, only allow yourself one bottle. Then 4-5 glasses until you are down to one glass a day. Now if you are referring to water, I suggest you don't cut back since water is vital to our being. Now, if you are referring to diet soda, you are on your own because I haven't figured that one out yet.
If a person drinks every day, let's say a wine glass or two of wine with lunch and dinner, then doctors say that's acceptable. If a person drinks more than that and drinks especially when upset or stressed then this person will become addicted if he/she isn't already. Professionals (like psychologists/social workers) say that it doesn't matter if you drink every day unless you drink excessively.
I believe that if a person needs to drink alcohol every day, this person is hooked on it for his/her reasons and should seek professional help. To reduce it, the person has to think about why he/she needs to drink every day and how he feels after drinking. Then he/she should reduce the drinking one glass at a time. But really, the best thing to do is see a professional first. Good luck to whoever needs to cut down.
By counting how many beers or glasses of wine you drink a day, what the alcohol content is, how long it takes for you to drink one. Then you take note of how many you have each day after, lowering the number you drink a day. Even if it is by one, that is still achieveing your goal.
I agree that slowly does it can help. For me it happened overnight, as I said above, when I got pregnant. But I know many people who wouldn't say they had a problem, but drink every day.
That is a difficult transition and impressive from that sudden change.
don't drink as much or at all. it isn't rocket science, just common sense. smoke pot if you have a need to catch a buzz, it's better for you then alcohol and you won't feel like crap the next day.
Let me talk from experience. If you are even asking this question, there is an issue. Reducing or moderation is off the table as an alternative. Moderation means you want to control your drinking. But nobody moderates up. So, if you are "moderating to reduce" you've already lost control. As far as I know, there is nothing between moderation and loss of control. One or the other. And even though you may not like hearing it, by asking this question, you know, honestly, that you've lost control because you are reaching out for answers that you don't have. I suspect you are at this point because of under-lying issues that you did not convey. Most of us get to this point because of a D.U.I., lost job, divorce or some other consequence of our drinking.
Don't let the word "alcoholic" scare you. And certainly, I'm not saying you are one. Only you can decide that. But whatever you are, there is a problem. And reaching out like you have, is the first move toward recovery. You just have to be 100% honest with yourself.
Moderation? Forget it. There is a saying.
"Once a cucumber turns into a pickle, it can never go back to being a cucumber."
In the near future, watch for a hub on this. Space doesn't allow here. I am not on pay program, so this is not an ad.
One other thing. Your bottom totally depends on how far you want to dig. That, you can control.
Well, I can tell you there is no issue to worry about. As I commented above, I stopped drinking totally when I got pregnant and now might have a glass or two of wine every 2 weeks or so. Thank you for your time.
Sorry. I missed your comment. It just brings back how I thought in the past. Once every 2 weeks, soon, became once a week. Before long, it was back to every day, then some. But that's me and the nature of the problem.
Hope it's not you. Good Luck. GB
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