How to Quit Drinking Alcohol - Acknowledging Triggers and Cravings

How to Quit Drinking Alcohol - Acknowledging Triggers and Cravings


What are triggers? They are the people, places, or situations that cause you to want to drink. They are different for every drinker. They are things that you need to avoid when you are stopping drinking. Drinking buddies may be a "people" trigger. You may have to avoid them altogether or at least until you have a handle on quitting. If you always drink at a baseball game or at any other event, you may have to avoid that "place" trigger for a while. When you can learn to enjoy those events without alcohol, you can return to them. You may have a harder time avoiding situations that trigger your drinking. Parties are easily avoided with the help of friends who understand what you are going through. Stressful situations that arise out of nowhere may be harder to deal with. That is when you lean upon your support system and look for healthier ways to fight stress.


What are cravings? Cravings are those internal longings for alcohol. These are harder to avoid. When a craving comes on, talk to someone from your support system. Sometimes talking about the issue or feeling can get you through it. Try distraction to help get you through. A walk, a run, or a chore may keep your mind off your craving until it passes. Sit down and think about why you are not drinking. Is this craving really worth losing all the progress you have made? Is it worth sacrificing the new life you have? Just know that cravings are normal. They lessen with time. Don't ignore them, but work through them.

How to Quit Drinking Alcohol - Acknowledging Triggers and Cravings