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How to stop consuming alcohol?

Commented on January 09, 2015
Created December 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I have a question. Don't know if it qualifies as a "Paleo Question"

I have quit alot of bad habits. Sugar, grains, fast food, etc. My no. one enemy now is alcohol. When i drink alcohol i can't help myself with the other stuff either. Sugar, grains, fast food, etc.

In the past i've used alcohol alot to keep my mental ghosts away. Social phobia, anxiety, depression, to name a few. The last few years i've gotten alot betterl, allthough i'm slipping sometimes. Like today...

Can someone please recomend a blog, book, whatever, that have helped others to quit alcohol?

Merry Christmas!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 27, 2012
at 05:28 AM

It helps that fermented foods are a bit alcoholic. ;)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 04:26 AM

Or maybe he has enough of a brain to realize that AA isn't God focused, and that even atheists can work the steps. C'mon. AA is a huuuuuuuuge decentralized organization - there's a very good chance that there is a meeting somewhere that could work for him.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Or maybe he is religious, whether of then nut variety or regular, so AA could help him a lot.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:03 PM

@Roth a more constructive comment would be to point out AA alternatives.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on December 25, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I think if you eat Paleo you will find stopping drinking easier than otherwise. I've only been Paleo for about 3 years, but stopped drinking alcohol 16 yrs ago. Best thing I've ever done. I went to AA for many years and got help there, but I think it helped because I really really wanted it to do. It starts with just NOT DRINKING no matter what. If you have a craving, set a timer for 20 min. to see if it passes. If it doesn't set it for another 20. I feel the best on Paldo than I have ever in my life and alcohol has no appeal. You can do it!

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on December 25, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Maybe he's not a religious nut, so AA isn't for him

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6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

on December 25, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I only drink red-wine, but after I started consuming homemade lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, half-sour pickles, etc, my desire to drink wine decreased by a huge amount. What I found most interesting was that I was able to refrain from that second or third glass much more easily. One glass was finally enough.

I have also read reports that drinking Kombucha has had a similar effect on people.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 27, 2012
at 05:28 AM

It helps that fermented foods are a bit alcoholic. ;)

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on December 25, 2012
at 07:27 PM

You are getting closer to getting off the sauce by recognizing the horrible physical effects. You will get a step closer when you realize that it exacerbates, and possibly causes the mental ghosts, social phobia, anxiety and depression you are trying to avoid by using it.

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on December 26, 2012
at 09:48 AM

When people compulsively do destructive things - be it drinking, drug-taking, overeating or starving - it is usually to fill some sort of emotional void. It'll sound clich??d but it's true. You need to find something in your life that you can ascribe meaning to, so you don't turn to alcohol to fill that void. Fill your life with the things you love, be pro-active, try new things, socialize in a non-alcoholic environment, get a new hobby, exercise, etc. When you have other sources of happiness, you'll be less inclined to turn to alcohol for comfort.

A complete overall of perspective is what's needed here. You're suck in a rut where drinking has become so habitual to you that you can't envisage life any other way. You need to break out of that comfort zone. There's a lot to be said for going cold turkey, though it's easier said than done when you have an addiction. You are so subsumed in your habits now that a change of lifestyle seems scary and unachievable. But when you stop drinking and familiarize yourself with a different lifestyle, you feel so good about that, you have a sense of direction and you become less fixated with alcohol and more fixated on your goals. You will be a whole other person with a whole new outlook!

Oh and I hope it goes without saying that if you are serious about overcoming your addiction, you need to get in therapy!

Best of luck.

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on January 09, 2015
at 09:30 PM

great advice.

C774cdbbf3e49834b6482e3c137c2194

on January 09, 2015
at 09:30 PM

great advice.

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on December 26, 2012
at 07:20 PM

I've read this book, called Almost Alcoholic: http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Alcoholic-Drinking-Problem-Effect/dp/1616491590

It provides some guidance for changing the routines/rituals associated with drinking. It's intended for those whose drinking falls in between normal social drinking and alcoholism.

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on December 25, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I'm not religious at all, and aa for me was the right decision. One week shy of three years sober now, and loving it. I would suggest you give it an opened-minded try. But nothing is a one sized fits all (or even most) solution. I also load up on fruit when I get any cravings, for alcohol, wheat, cookies, bread, whatever. Seems to kill urges for me, but am not trying to lose weight, and my blood sugar is always flatline stable.

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Start with a 30-day abstinence similar to a whole30 or something along those lines for the purpose of seeing how you feel without it. After 30 days, you can decide whether or not you even want to re-introduce it.

When I did this, one drink after being clean for 30-days made me feel like my liver was going to explode. Apparently, when you partake regularly your liver adjusts to keep up with the stress, but long-term it's really taxing and ultimately we all know where that leads to.

I've been alcohol-free for 15 months now and it's one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Do what's best for your body and don't look back.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on December 25, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I think if you eat Paleo you will find stopping drinking easier than otherwise. I've only been Paleo for about 3 years, but stopped drinking alcohol 16 yrs ago. Best thing I've ever done. I went to AA for many years and got help there, but I think it helped because I really really wanted it to do. It starts with just NOT DRINKING no matter what. If you have a craving, set a timer for 20 min. to see if it passes. If it doesn't set it for another 20. I feel the best on Paldo than I have ever in my life and alcohol has no appeal. You can do it!

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:49 AM

The issue of alcohol dependency is more complicated than can ususlly be resolved on a web forum. If you just can't stop drinking you will need professional help and a local support group.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:33 AM

Rational Recovery. Just google it.

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:09 AM

Have you heard of alcoholics anonymous? Take a look. And good luck!

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on December 25, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Maybe he's not a religious nut, so AA isn't for him

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:03 PM

@Roth a more constructive comment would be to point out AA alternatives.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Or maybe he is religious, whether of then nut variety or regular, so AA could help him a lot.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 04:26 AM

Or maybe he has enough of a brain to realize that AA isn't God focused, and that even atheists can work the steps. C'mon. AA is a huuuuuuuuge decentralized organization - there's a very good chance that there is a meeting somewhere that could work for him.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on December 25, 2012
at 11:50 PM

Just say no. Really. You have to have so much on the do not drink side that it outweighs the yes drink side and the battle is won. Until your internal arguments line up to tip your WILL over onto the no side, the battle will be lost.

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on December 25, 2012
at 01:16 AM

In place of alcohol, there is a drink called Neuro Bliss that helps calm the anxiety and de-stress at the end of the day. It does, however contain some fructose and soy lethicin. It also contains tons of Vitamin D and has a pleasant calming effect. Iced chamomile and Sleepy Time tea with valerian can also help.

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on December 26, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I don't play one on TV and this is personal experience. As always, check with your doctor before starting any supplement, exercise regime or dietary changes.

I started taking NAC (n acetyl-cysteine) to mitigate the effects of alcohol the next day. It's really good for hangover prevention. Later, I was told by my doc to quit drinking for several months. It was much easier on the NAC even though there was alcohol in the house and my S.O. was drinking. If anything your liver will probably thank you for the NAC. Golden seal / berberine may help with blood sugar bouncing.

Also, as far as self help is concerned: http://hamsnetwork.org/ They are about harm reduction, quitting or learning to drink like a normal person. What ever your goal is. I overall like their attitude better than AA. Just FYI, if you do buy the book they are very critical of AA.

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on December 25, 2012
at 01:01 AM

The most import thing is to evade drink and drubbing.

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:18 PM

WQD (Want to Quit Drinking) is also a great forum.

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:17 PM

WQD (Want to Quit Drinking) is also a great forum.

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on December 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I have found this stop drinking hypnosis app to be very effective.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stop-drinking-andrew-johnson/id365566955?mt=8

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