For some drinking can be a fun way to pass time with friends.
Some folks drink without having to pay for it the next day.
However, these are few, and this is not about other folks. This is about you.
As George Carlin once said, If it's more pain than pleasure; what is the point?
The last thing you want is to be at your deathbed, disgusted for wasting even one day to a hangover.
I know what you are wondering; How am I going to have any fun?
You are used to a hollow imitation of entertainment that always ends with regrets. Do not settle!
You have been programmed by the media to think that if you are rich, if you are successful, then you need to have a drink in your hand. Preferably from an expensive glass, etc. There are so many triggers to make you to buy. Now "sipping wine" is the rage. However, who the hell "sips?"
Here are suggestions to get out of the matrix. As you awaken, you will have your own helpful habits. This is because you will go forward in every way instead of standing still with this low vibration.
1. Commit yourself 100%. Why?
It does not work half way. You know this. Haven't you tried to quit before? You can't control it by drinking less. No matter how intelligent you are.
You can't be wishy-washy about your decision.
This is a fight for the quality of your life. If you were a diabetic, you know not to ingest certain things. There would be no question or half-hearted attempts. This is just as important.
2. Write down your goals, but be gentle with yourself. Just baby steps, one day at a time. You may stumble, there is a lot of pressure out there to drink. When feeling tempted write down a few thoughts:
Today I will take care of my tomorrow self.
3. Don't worry about what your "buddies" will say, but be prepared for backlash.
It will threaten some of them to look at their own life.
Be ready before going on a social situation. Plan what you are going to ask to drink. You have many choices. Enjoy drinking healthy beverages for a change. Do your research.
I have gotten used to asking for a tall cool glass of water with ice and a lemon. It's delicious. Now my hard drinking friends are used to it. But it wont be easy at first.
Again: DO NOT wait when you are in the situation to start deciding what you will choose. Be prepared. This is essential.
When your friends squint their eyes and ask "soooo you are not drinking anymore?" Just smile and answer "Yep. its no longer working for me." That is it. No other explanation.
You do not need to defend your stand. Again: If you were a diabetic you would not have to explain this twice. By the way, if you really want to know who your friends are, this will bring it to the surface. Do they care about your well being or not?
Do not live your life trying to please or fit in with the masses. This will make you grow even more. If you are a male, please remember that many "manly" men despise alcohol.
If alcohol is a problem for you, its a problem for those around you. It's not sexy. Do it for them.
4. Visualize. When you go to sleep at night and first thing when waking. picture yourself enjoying social occasions in an easy manner. Picture how good you are going to feel the next morning! No shame about saying or acting foolishly ever again!
The good news is that its not a white knuckle situation forever.
As u substitute alcohol with healthier options, your body does take over. It will thank you by you feeling better. You are here for a wink of an eye. Do not waste it.
Get a natural high. Wim Hof, the "ice man" has excellent breathing techniques.
The universe did not go through all this trouble for you to make yourself ill.
Remember: Never be afraid to ask for professional advice if you feel you need it.