Have you quit drinking alcohol yet? If you have, why did you do it? If you haven’t, why not? What’s holding you back? We all have our reasons to quit. If you’re like me, you have a hundred different reasons to quit. It might be that one big, or small, reason which pushed you over the edge, the proverbial straw that broke the camels back, but there are many, many other reasons why you have finally taken that decision.
Why Did You Quit Drinking Alcohol?
Despite what we like to tell ourselves about the “benefits” of drinking alcohol, benefits to our health, benefits to our social life, benefits to our relaxation, and so on, alcohol is a toxin, a neurotoxin, and it is a drug with insidious and far-reaching consequences to those who consistently use it, pouring it into their bodies, day after day.
Whatever reason, or reasons, that you have or had for quitting drinking alcohol, it’s essential that you keep these in mind. Six months down the line, when the pain that you had has all but disappeared, your reasons for quitting drinking should still have an influence on you.
One of the things I recommend is creating a video of yourself before you quit, or in the early days, explaining to yourself, in as much detail as possible, why you are quitting. This gives you an easy reference to look back upon if you are getting doubts about your decision or your new journey, whether this is six weeks, six months, or six years down the line.
I always look back at my first video on YouTube, recorded in January 2012. You can see it here. I don’t need to listen to myself, all I have to do is look at myself. This was recorded just a few days after I’d stopped. I was still in the mind of a drinker. I was determined never to drink again, but my experiences of not drinking alcohol were very slim.
So ask yourself, why is it that you want to stop. List all your reasons, as many as you can think of. Write them down. Now, make a video of yourself and talk about these reasons. Talk about how they are or have affected you and your life and the people around you. It’s one of the best things that you will ever do for yourself.
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