4 Productive Ways to Give Up Drinking

The alcohol industry is one of the biggest in the world, and in our hectic daily lives, it can be tempting to reach for a glass of wine or a beer once in a while. But when it starts affecting our lives, whether it’s putting on weight or becoming a dependency, you need to look for ways to kick it out of your diet.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at four productive ways you can stop drinking today:

Fitter, Happier, and More Productive
Join a gym, start running, go for long walks, join a swimming club; these are just a handful of ideas for you to embrace, and all of them will help you get fitter and happier, and you’ll be less likely to have a drink as a result. Think about it: when you’re feeling good about yourself because you’re doing lots of exercise, you start to consider the negatives of having a drink. If that doesn’t work, think of the calories. You’ll need to walk for an hour to burn off the 200 calories in a pint of beer. If you have two beers - well, you can do the math from there.

The ‘Weekends Only’ Rule
Many people who want to stop drinking try to designate it to a certain time. The weekend is the most popular choice because it’s when most people aren’t working, and when you are most likely to want to kick back and enjoy a drink or two.

By keeping away from the drink for five days a week, you are going to cut down your alcohol intake by a great deal, especially if you are prone to a glass or two with your dinner during the week. You’ll find yourself having more energy to do other things instead of feeling sluggish because of the alcohol.  Just don't try to make up for what you didn't drink during the week. That would defeat the purpose!

Track Your Calories

There are several fitness apps on the market. Some apps track your steps, others track your calories, and they can be a huge help if you’re trying to stop drinking, live a healthier lifestyle, and be more productive. If you’re a number cruncher and a little competitive, these apps will soon have you living the life of a fitness fanatic (in a good way), and when you discover how many calories there are in your favorite tipples, you’ll soon be swapping them for water or herbal tea. The more you get into using these apps and enjoying yourself, the more long-term your decision will become, too. You’ll be living a cleaner, more productive life away from the booze.

Speak to a Professional

If you feel like your drinking is getting out of hand, it might be a good time to discuss getting some substance use treatment. Start by talking with your family and closest friends, and then with a professional who can guide you through the process of getting the help you need to stop drinking.

Most of the time, the biggest issue is admitting you have a problem. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health(2013) conducted by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), only 2.5 million Americans received treatment for substance abuse out of the estimated 22 million people who reportedly needed it. This makes it even more important that you embrace the idea of talking through your issues and submitting yourself to long-term help.

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