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The 5 Most Important Factors in Stopping Drinking Alcohol

by | Stop Drinking Alcohol | 14 comments

What are the most important factors in quitting alcohol? Planning? Right time? Right place? Right frame of mind? Is it getting rid of fear or anxiety? What about making your environment just right so you aren’t enticed by any unforeseen temptations?

In today’s video I want to share with you my top 5 picks. You are going to be surprised at what I have chosen and how if you apply any of these principles to stopping drinking alcohol, you will be a huge success. Enjoy!

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  1. martin brown

    Thanks for sharing this video. I have found it very helpful and positive

  2. Karen

    I literally began watching you on YouTube years ago., 2017 at least? Your videos have recently (& truly welcomed) started visiting my email again on a regular basis. My journey has not been & is not easy. I believe in your philosophy & I’m grateful to God for what you have chosen to do. Thank you Kevin. Karen-Canada.

    Onwards & Upwards!

  3. Terry Sulllivan

    Daily struggle to keep dry.

  4. Brian

    You are the best. You make more common sense than anything I have heard. “It is binary. You don’t put the alcohol in your mouth or you do”. And, “moderation does not work”. I believe tens of thousands of people (including myself) have repeatedly told ourselves we can “cut back”. We can’t. It is a delusion that will keep us in alcohol prison. Thank you so much for your videos and advice.

    • Jason R. Taborsky

      Thanks Kev, once again. I’m sticking with Brian on this one. We can’t cut back. Tried a million times. We don’t know what moderation is. We are all getting somewhere though if you’re reading and watching Kevin. God Bless him, and God Bless us all. We need the help of a higher power.

  5. Chris

    Although Kevin bashes AA, I don’t actually see that much difference. Both teach abstinence rather than moderation, both recommend an advocate (Kevin vs a ‘sponsor’), both focus on the craziness alcohol has brought to our lives. AA is more spiritual, but the ‘higher power’ can be anything, including the kindness of a group helping each other. I see no reason why the programs cannot be complimentary.

    • Kevin O'Hara

      Three of the main reasons I don’t like the AA philosophy is: 1. I am not religious, and don’t believe in god. Although I could get on board with some kind of spiritual higher power, but let’s be honest: that is not what is meant. What is meant is god! God is mentioned 7 times in the 12 steps… Alcohol only once. 2. I am in control of what I put in my mouth, nobody else… How can I be in control and admit that I am not in control. 3. I think most importantly, AA says that I am an alcoholic and will be an alcoholic for the rest of my life. Wrong! I stopped being an alcoholic the moment, the exact moment, I stopped putting alcohol into my mouth.

      • Karen

        Question Kevin … I also could not get on board with AA saying it is a disease that you have no control over. That being said, where “your focus goes; energy flows”. AA never ceases the focus on alcohol consumption…members spend their entire lives “focused” on the subject. Haven’t you done the same by dedicating your life speaking about the mastery of alcohol? I’m so NOT judging I’m trying to finally be free of MY focus on it & I truly respect your ideas. I will look for your reply. Karen-Canada

        • Kevin O'Hara

          On https://habitsunplugged.com , I spend most of my time teaching getting to the best version of yourself. Talking about alcohol takes up the first 6 weeks of our program and then gradually fades into the background. So I do one video a week talking about alcohol and 10 videos a week talking about changing your life for the better, moving on 🙂

  6. Deb

    I love you! You are smart and so good at explaining, but…
    I can’t watch hiking videos. The breathless speaking, foot crunching…just keeps me from hearing your words.

    • Kevin O'Hara

      No problem. You can’t please everyone 🙂

  7. Julie Rynn

    Thank you Kevin have not succeeded still wanted to kind thoughts Julie.

  8. suzy

    I love your hiking videos,,,,great outdoors and healthy….. they have been so helpful to me…..

  9. Alan Clitheroe

    I began crunching down the beach myself again on the south coast in Spain making voice messages to myself and then playing them over and over again.
    Then I discovered your vids Kevin which was wonderfully cathartic
    After trying for 7 years I finally managed to cut right back July 2017.
    Just me wasn’t enough
    With you reinforcing to me exactly what I knew was finally someone agreeing what I new.
    You probably saved my life


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