Drinking can be a fun way to pass time with friends. Some folks even drink without having to pay for it the next day. However, this is not about the other folks. This is about you.
As George Carlin once said, If it's become more pain than pleasure;then what is the point?
The last thing that you want is to be at your deathbed, disgusted with yourself for wasting so many days of your life to hangovers.
I know what you are wondering; How am I going to have any fun?
Every step towards taking care of yourself and feeling good is a step towards liberation and authentic fun. You have been used to a hollow imitation that may fill you with regrets. You do not have to settle. You do not have to be programmed any longer by the media showing you why you have to drink alcohol to have fun.
Here are 4 easy suggestions to get you started:
1. Commit yourself 100%. Why? It does not work half way. You know this because u have been this road before. You can't control it. You can't be wishy-washy about your decision. If you were one of the few lucky that do not have a problem; you do not need to read this.
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.
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.
Our skeletal system regenerates completely every ten years! Your body is constantly working for you. Why work against it?
3. Don't worry about what your buddies will say, but be prepared.
Be ready. When in a social situation know what you are going to ask for. You have many choices. Enjoy drinking nourishes beverages for a change. Do your research.
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. Think of it this way, 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..
Do they care that you want to feel and look good?
Do not live your life trying to be someone else.
If you are a male, please remember that many "manly" men do not drink 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 after!
The good news is that its not a white knuckle situation for ever.
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.