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Do you want to stop drinking altogether or just cut back? If reduction is your goal, decide which days you will drink alcohol and how many drinks are allowed. Commit to at least 2 days each week where you won't drink at all.
When do you want to start? Set a specific date.
Set a drinking goal/ limit, write down and keep it where you will frequently see it
Keep a record of your drinking. Write down every time you have a drink, how much you drink. Review the results.
Cut down drinking at home
Schedule 1 or 2 alcohol-free days each week. Then, stop drinking for 1 week. Note down how you feel physically and mentally on these days - recognising the benefits may help you to cut down for good.
Get support: Lean on family and friends, build a sober social network, and prioritise and turn up for meetings of recovery support groups
Find new meaning in life where drinking no longer has a place
Plan for triggers and cravings, avoid drinking triggers, practise saying no to alcohol in social situations, remind yourself the reasons to not drink, distract yourself, or accept the urge and ride it out instead of fighting it
Talk to the person about their drinking
Learn all you can about addiction
Take action, offer support throughout their recovery journey
Don't make excuses for their behaviours, they need to take responsibility for their actions
Don't blame yourself
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