Alcohol is a legal drug that, according to statistics, 8 out of 10 people use on a regular basis. Moreover, in most cases, a person does not consider himself sick or addicted, even if he drinks alcohol every day. About 20% of active people drink alcohol at least 3 times a week, another 50% - once a week, and only 20% drink less than 2-3 times a month. But even using it a couple of times a month, a person acquires both psychological and physiological dependence. In this article, we'll talk about how to quit drinking alcohol on your own, why you should do it, and how not to break down again.
Everyone knows that alcohol is an addictive drug. Also, everyone knows that alcohol is poison in any dose, but they still continue to use it.
It is virtually impossible to "quit" with alcohol on its own after several years of use - a person gets so used to having a rest with vodka, champagne, beer and wine that he simply cannot imagine life without drinking. Therefore, people stop drinking only if they are actually coded, or the state of health does not allow them to do so.
Drunkenness leads to degradation of the population, its extinction, a decrease in general culture and literacy. Therefore, we recommend that absolutely all people reconsider their attitude to alcohol and, if not completely abandon it, then at least reduce the consumption to one or two times a month.
If there is an alcoholic in a family, then life in it is conflictual and problematic. There is often not enough money for clothing and food, children and spouses live in constant stress, scandals and fights often arise in the family. This model of behavior becomes the norm for children, and they subsequently repeat it in adulthood.
Can you quit drinking yourself?
If you want to know how to stop drinking forever, there is no universal answer to the question. This process is individual for everyone. Someone simply refuses to drink alcohol, realizing the danger, someone goes over their norm and almost dies with an abscess, someone loses their job or the respect of friends, after which they take up their minds.
But the main thing is that a person is aware of the existing problem and tries to solve it by any means. Without this, it is impossible to overcome the addiction and craving for alcohol. The patient must set a goal for himself and go towards it, otherwise nothing will come of him.
Very often the refusal process is associated with a complete replacement of the social circle and even residence - it is difficult for a person to give up the habit of sitting in the evening with drinking friends, having a drink with colleagues at the next corporate party or celebrating the purchase of new pants with neighbors.
Remember that the psychological craving for alcohol is very strong, and it is quite difficult to cope with it on your own, without changing your habits.
It is necessary to ensure that the patient does not have free time. Keep yourself busy, find a hobby, start hitting the gym or pool to meet new people in a non-drinking environment. A hobby should bring joy, capture, nourish with adrenaline - you can easily displace alcohol from your life, having received something new and useful.
The main goal is to just forget about vodka, beer, wine - you don't need alcohol to have a good time.
Alcohol is an insidious adversary that causes mental addiction.
Why alcohol is harmful
So, you already know how to start fighting. To spur you on, we list the main harm that alcohol does to a person:
- Health deteriorates.Many heavy drinking men die of heart problems at 35-45 years old. Alcohol poisons the liver and kidneys, the central nervous system, leads to deformation of blood vessels, affects sexual function and reduces immunity. If a person has been drinking for more than 10 years, then the risk of having a healthy offspring tends to zero. He develops heart failure and significantly increases the risk of cancer and tuberculosis.
- Social relations deteriorate.The family treats an alcoholic extremely negatively, many friends and acquaintances turn away from constantly drinking people, because they behave aggressively, constantly borrow money "until payday. "In addition, in a state of alcoholic intoxication, there is a huge number of crimes - thefts, murders, hooliganism.
- Financial situation deteriorates.Alcohol is quite expensive today, plus it needs a snack, so even traditional gatherings cost a pretty penny. A person ceases to take care of himself, to look after his appearance, he spends money on drinking, and not on his family, as a result of which absolutely everyone associated with an alcoholic suffers. In addition, such people are often fired from their jobs because they are unreliable, and few people like the smell of fumes.
Is it dangerous to throw
There is a myth that it is impossible to suddenly stop drinking, as a person may start withdrawing. This is true only if the patient goes into binge and drinks for more than 3-5 days. In this case, you really can't just stop drinking - you need to either take him to the hospital to get a drip, or get him out of this state at home in 2-3 days. If a person uses infrequently and does not enter into a binge, then he can stop drinking without any problems.
Why can't you get out of the binge abruptly? Because the body is poisoned by alcohol and aldehydes, it runs on alcohol, so failure can lead to:
- Additional stress on the heart.
- Increase in pressure, excessive load on blood vessels.
- The occurrence of strokes and heart attacks.
- Hallucinations. Due to the effect on the central nervous system, the alcoholic may experience persistent auditory and visual hallucinations.
- Falling into depression, which ends in severe mental illness and or even suicide.
Therefore, if you have already entered the binge, then you need to leave gradually and correctly (preferably with a medication). Or read about the rules for getting out of this state at home.
How to stop drinking on your own
Let's figure out how to stop drinking alcohol yourself, without resorting to coding or the help of narcologists. To do this, you need to want to cope with your illness, or at least realize that it exists. Allen Carr's book helps someone to quit drinking, someone himself comes to the conclusion that alcohol is poison, and it does not carry anything good. In general, you need to tune in to what you need to quit. Otherwise, you will slide to the very bottom and die much earlier than the due date.
The second step is developing intolerances. There are many ways to do this, but we recommend using traditional home remedies.
- Strong decoction of St. John's wort. Buy it at the pharmacy, put 4 tablespoons in a saucepan and pour half a liter of strong boiling water. Let it infuse for about half an hour, after which take the product 30-50 grams at a time 2 times a day. After about 10-12 days, you will develop a persistent aversion to all alcohol.
- Buy bearberry leaves from the pharmacy and brew 2 tablespoons in a glass of boiling water (you can additionally boil the mixture for 5-10 minutes). Take this broth 4-6 times a day.
- Take a kilogram of oats, rinse it well, put it in a saucepan and fill it with water (you can take a liter and a half of water so that all the grain is covered). Pour about 100 grams of calendula into the mixture, boil the broth for 20-30 minutes, then let it stand for 12 hours in a warm place (you can wrap the pan with a towel). You need to drink the broth 3 times a day, in a full 200-gram cup.
When you quit drinking, give up alcohol 100%, or you will fall out again.
Now let's take a look at the tinctures that are good at helping to develop aversion to alcohol. Here are the three most common recipes:
- The root of lovage and laurel is poured into a glass of moonshine or vodka, the tincture is infused for 10-14 days. Then it is filtered and offered to the patient (dose 50-100 grams). He, unable to overcome himself, drinks, after which he begins to vomit violently. Repeated intake will cause dislike for alcohol.
- Clefthoof leaves are steamed in a glass of strong boiling water and infused for 10-14 days in a dark, cool place. Then 100 grams of tincture is mixed with 100 grams of vodka and offered to the patient. He drinks, causing violent vomiting. The effect for fixing is repeated once more.
- Centaury, wormwood and thyme are taken in equal doses, 1 tablespoon each. The mixture is poured with boiling water and infused for 2-3 hours. Then it is filtered and given to the patient, 50 grams 4 times a day.
Tea can also be used - it is great for helping to cope with the drinker's thirst.
Use the following recipes:
- Take 15-20 grams of dry mint, wormwood, yarrow. Fill them with water, adding calamus and juniper berries (about a liter of boiling water). Let it infuse, then drink 2 times a day.
- 30-40 grams of wormwood, St. John's wort and yarrow, 20 grams of angelica and caraway seeds, 10 grams of juniper and 30 mint. Mix and grind all these ingredients. Then take a tablespoon of the finished mixture, pour 250 ml of boiling water over it and drink it 2 times a day.
A person who is trying to get away from alcohol is generally advised to drink as much as possible so that the liquid will thin the blood and remove the remaining poison. Remember, it is possible to quit drinking alcohol. You may not succeed the first time, and a breakdown will follow, but if you are determined to overcome illness and addiction, then you will have less breakdowns, and periods of sobriety - more and more. Squeeze alcohol out of life, replacing it with something interesting, and you will succeed!