Padraig wrote about his tips for managing the drink recently and here they are.
1.Allow twenty minutes when you feel the urge to drink
Accept that you will get triggers to drink as it has become a very strong habit. So your brain will say,
“Don’t you always have a glass of wine when you’re making dinner”?
So you feel a very strong urge to drink. This is normal so Padraig recommends waiting 20 minutes. For more tips on triggers click here.
2. You are not the only person not drinking
It’s easy to feel you’re the only person managing the drink and everyone else is having a fantastic time. Surprisingly though nearly 20% of Irish adults don’t drink it all.
Also reports from England show more and more young people are not drinking – apparently because they don’t want to look stupid on social media.
So think of yourself as part of a new hip modern trend.
3. Distract yourself from the arguments in your head
It’s normal to have arguments in your head about whether you need to do this managing the drink thing at all. For example
“How can it help your quality of life not to drink?”
So rather than carry on this argument stay focused on the reasons for managing your drinking and make sure you replace drinking time with nice experiences.
4. Read about the experiences of other people
Padraig recommends the
Tired of thinking about drinking blog from Belle Robert
And Julian’s Vales book Kick The Drink Easily
Managing the drink- everybody’s different
Our own tip on managing the drink is everybody’s different. What works for one person may not work for another. Listening and talking to other people can be very helpful but you need to find out what approach works for you. I like this video showing how two different dogs approach the same problem. Two very different approaches but each approach works. So find the approach that works for you.
You can read more from Padraig here .