Take lessons from history
Think back on prior attempts to cut back or stop drinking. Reduce consumption rather than quitting all together. Depending on the extent of your drinking issue, you may or may not be able to reduce your consumption. It is best to try to stop drinking completely if you are an alcoholic, which means you cannot regulate your drinking. One must understand alcohol withdrawal dangers as well. The following advice can be helpful if you are not ready to make that change or if you do not drink excessively but still wish to cut back for personal or health reasons:
Make a drinking target
Choose a limit for how much alcohol you will consume, but make sure it is no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Moreover, try to have certain days each week where you will not consume any alcohol at all. Your phone or the refrigerator, for example, are good places to keep a written copy of your drinking goal. Write down when you drink and how much you drink for three to four weeks. You might be shocked by your weekly drinking patterns after reviewing the results. Do not keep temptations close by if you want to avoid drinking.
Sip more slowly
When you consume alcohol, sip it carefully and wait 30 or 60 minutes between each one. Make sure to eat before drinking because it is never a good idea to drink on an empty stomach.
Plan to abstain from alcohol on one or two days per week. Record your physical and emotional well-being on these days.
Options for treating alcoholism
Some people can quit drinking on their own, with the aid of a 12-step program, or with the assistance of another support group. Others require medical assistance to stop safely and comfortably drinking alcohol. Depending on how much you drink, how long you have had a problem, how stable your living situation is, and any other health difficulties you might have, you should choose the choice that is ideal for you.