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How To Stop Drinking Alcohol On Your Own (Without Alcoholics Anonymous)

So you love the taste of beer and can’t stop reaching for a cold one every evening? Do you return to life on hearing the sound of whisky being poured into a glass full of ice? And do you love that feeling of relaxation that alcohol in any form brings? I went off cigarettes, alcohol and pot for several weeks and can tell you it’s very simple to go clean and stay that way.  Here are some easy ways to stop drinking alcohol without having to use your willpower or doing silly stuff like surrendering to a nonexistent higher power.

Pitcher O’ Water

The first thing you need to understand is that when you’re craving for a pitcher of beer, you’re probably just dehydrated and don’t realize it. As soon as you get home from work, drink a pitcher of water you left to chill in the fridge, and not only will you kill the craving for alcohol, but you’ll be starving in no time. Don’t believe me? The next time you think you need a drink, go to your favourite bar and ask for a glass of water with ice. Just relax for five minutes and sip on it. It’ll make you wonder if you really need an alcoholic drink or just want to have dinner and go home.

Stuff Yourself

Eat food and drink nutritious non-alcoholic drinks (not colas or packaged sugary juices). Eat as much as you want, as much as you can. I was going to suggest going vegetarian, but that doesn’t work for me. What matters is you eat healthy food and lots of it. By healthy food I don’t mean boring stuff. Treat yourself to fancy meals right from Day 1 of your newfound sobriety; even a day of being alcohol-free is good for a habitual drinker, so give yourself a pat on the back! Remember, your body was being subjected to extreme stress because of the booze, so now you need to keep it satisfied by going to another extreme. Eat so much food that you feel like a python that just swallowed a deer, gorge on your favourite food in such a way that it makes you not want to talk to yourself ever again. Your appetite will increase greatly in a couple of days of going dry, so… go on, stuff yourself!

Sleep It Off

One of the things you’ll realize (and there’ll be many) when the withdrawal symptoms decrease is your quality of sleep will become better as the nights go by. You will start getting heavy, undisturbed sleep and will wake up fresh and happy. You might feel sleepy during the day if you’ve had a long-term relationship with alcohol, but that’s your system giving it back to you for tormenting it with intoxicants, so shut up and deal with it. If you begin to feel sleepy as early as 9-10 pm, don’t fight it; put your laptop away, switch your phone off, have a glass of water after the heavy dinner you just had, have sex if you can or just masturbate and go to sleep.

Be Around Drinkers

You read that right. If you’ve been in denial of your alcohol problem, this is a good way of increasing your self-respect. Quitting alcohol does not mean you have to stop hanging out with people who drink. I go to bars with my drinking buddies and have a nice time talking with them. This does two things for me: I get used to being alcohol-free in a world where people drink alcohol frequently, and watching other people get drunk makes me feel good about not drinking. So when my friends say I’m a pussy because I don’t drink, I just laugh and tell them to drink some on my behalf. Get rid of people who waste your time by talking shit, not friends who live normally and enjoy their drinks.

Let Yourself Go

This is the best thing about quitting alcohol: instead of sitting somewhere and numbing your nervous system or drinking shots of vodka and getting raped, you can have tons of fun in ways you’d forgotten long ago. You might not be able to dance as well without the vodka in your body, but alcohol is a depressant, and not a stimulant, so when people jump about like fucking idiots after drinking a lot (or smoking pot, for that matter), it does come across as a bit retarded. What’s more, you can be as crazy as you want without losing anyone’s respect (if you care about such things) and being labeled a drunkard by smug assholes who run away every time they hear the word ‘drugs’ and don’t know the difference between habitual drinkers, borderline alcoholics and full-blown alcohol addicts. Fuck all this serious talk; go kick a barking dog, eat out of someone else’s plate when they’re not looking, be horny around a girl without letting her know, give someone the finger and run away. The main thing to remember is not to think at any point that you’re depriving yourself of alcohol; tell yourself you’ll have a drink when you really feel you deserve one after a few months for having become a cooler person by taking control of your alcohol problem.

Giving up alcohol (even temporarily) can be a lot of fun, and every time you feel the urge to have alcohol knowing fully well you’re not ready to get back to drinking yet, come back to this post – it will charge you up, for sure. And this is a good time to let you know that one of my best friends (and drinking buddies) is a lawyer; please don’t reproduce this material anywhere else or there will be trouble. Enjoy sobriety till you feel like and read some beer reviews on this blog!

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69 Responses to “How To Stop Drinking Alcohol On Your Own (Without Alcoholics Anonymous)”


  1. 1 weedloaded
    June 7, 2010 at 02:36

    Nice 2 read dis dude..nicely written but finally it gonna fall back on will power only,im myself in medical profession,i know all the side and upward effects of booz,fag n weed but seriously talkin man,i need them..a glass of water does not satisfy my needs..still thumps up to u for writing beautiful article..

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  2. June 7, 2010 at 03:30

    All of them had perfectly worked for me.
    Had to workout too

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  3. June 7, 2010 at 03:53

    Awesome article…I like your last point the best…having tons of fun in ways you’d forgotten long ago! :D Actually, even stuffing yourself till you burst is a great idea :D

    You made quitting look super cool(which it is), hopefully this will inspire people to go alcohol-free, even if for a day, and see what it’s like!

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  4. 5 Al
    June 7, 2010 at 04:35

    This blog rocks.

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  5. 6 sanket
    June 7, 2010 at 05:09

    i have not touched a ciggie since Feb 20th 2008. before that i smoked approx 10 ciggies a day for 12 years.

    the trick is to go clean for a week…no matter how bummed you get. Then you use that week to build the resolve that allows you to go clean for a month … and so on…

    “alcohol free” is pretentious dumb shit talk. Nobody i know drinks enough to ruin their liver. a quarter a day do not do shit to you.

    dope (charas) is also not very addictive. The real test is to be able to quit ciggies. they’re packed with chemicals that disallow you…

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    • 7 Chintan
      June 7, 2010 at 05:40

      Here we go with the ‘my problem is bigger than yours’ routine…
      I know a few people who are messing their liver up bigtime…

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    • June 7, 2010 at 06:58

      Y’know something, I’ve never felt the need to smoke a cigarette. Despite having been a smoker for 12-13 years. I feel stupid thinking about how much tobacco I must’ve smoked.

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  6. 9 Sam
    June 7, 2010 at 07:13

    Bro, I agree, I am not a raging alcoholic but loves to get in between the sheets.

    I am a foodie so controlling the craving for booze comes easy. BUT what to do about my smoking habit??? If I don’t kill it, it will definitely kill me one day. I end up smoking some 7-8 cigarettes / day and its number escalates further if there is too much pressure. Anxiety kills. Then my last resort is to smoke and escape into fantasy world by forgetting about that deadline pressure hanging over my head like a sword.

    Whenever I gorge, I feel like sleeping like a Lion after devouring. To avoid embarassment in front of the colleagues (Chicks), I don’t yawn like a Hippo! But what to do about the colleague next to me who packs in pounds like a Hippo and yawns with his mouth agape! It’s so darn embarrassing! I feel, dude, what did you have for lunch? A Zebra or a Buffalo????? :P

    Out of curiosity, would you recommend ‘Masturbation’ as a replacement to my predicament of anxiety? I do agree that it indeed helps in getting a sound sleep. ;)

    I believe, the way you fuck your body with addictions. It fucks you even harder when you give up your addictions. Give & Take is what body does!

    I spend numerous sleepless nights to bring that personal, professional and social balance in my life. Every day, it fluctuates as quickly as Sensex! I don’t mean ‘sensational sex’. ;)

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  7. 11 blacksheep
    June 7, 2010 at 07:28

    thanks aditya great read! and two thums up for being clean for however long you’ve been.

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  8. June 7, 2010 at 07:41

    Yeah and next we’ll be debating oil spills! :)

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  9. June 7, 2010 at 09:01

    This is post number three-fuckin-hundred. WoooooooooHoooooooooo!
    A freakin huge celebration is in order… Drink a whole tankful of water where ever the fuck you are. :D

    Congrats, bro. MKK is THE top blog. You kick ass!

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  10. 14 Ranjit
    June 7, 2010 at 09:02

    You are very advanced in terms of writing and thinking. Keep it up!

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  11. 15 Poonam
    June 7, 2010 at 09:16

    I like this post. :)

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  12. 16 Nisha
    June 7, 2010 at 12:45

    I love this blog.

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  13. 17 Alex
    June 7, 2010 at 13:01

    Beer has water in it and that better keep me off the booze or you’re in deep shit, bro!!!

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  14. 18 biki
    June 8, 2010 at 05:08

    thank u, this is helpful n motivating

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  15. 19 Avni
    June 8, 2010 at 05:20

    People need to understand that alcohol is a very dangerous drug, even more dangerous than marijuana. I don’t see stoners crashing vehicles into things and it’s ALWAYS drunk people running over other people and taking lives. Just because booze is legal does not mean it is safer or better. Drunk people are fully capable of doing the worst stuff.

    Great tips to quit drinking alcohol, btw!

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  16. 20 Kunal Prakash Ingle
    June 8, 2010 at 06:20

    Alcohol is a poison which destroys lives! take a look at some drugs which are beneficial for humans —– weed, hashish, lsd and some other psychedelic drugs. Most of these are not even addictive.

    Now take a look at drugs which can kill the user ——— heroin, cocaine, alcohol.

    I place alcohol in the same category as cocaine and heroin as all these are drugs that destroy lives and families. You will never hear of people dying or families falling apart because of people getting stoned or tripping on acid…….. hihihihihi it sounds funny.

    But come on guyz, lets be serious……. no one of you have fought with your friends after getting high but everybody has faced problems because of drunk people, isnt that so
    ??????????

    Best would be to be free of all drugs including ALCOHOL which is a bad drug.

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  17. 21 Suma
    June 8, 2010 at 06:43

    Amazingly written..I love this post..

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  18. 22 phobia365
    June 8, 2010 at 10:54

    i am a whiskey drinker and a ganja smoker who doesnt take bullshit facts. anyone who thinks alcohol is safer than marijuana should go to an alcohol rehab and see what alcohol abuse can do to people. i’d have more faith in a stoned aircraft pilot than a drunk person on a bicycle. all you drunkards need to calm down and smoke a spliff. rock n roll.

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    June 8, 2010 at 13:11

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  20. 25 belo
    June 9, 2010 at 04:54

    i am facing a problem of addiction…..cannot stop drinking beer…………..

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  21. 26 Dinesh RH
    June 9, 2010 at 05:03

    Useful tips.

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  22. 27 Mother Oblivion
    June 9, 2010 at 05:22

    Great post!

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  23. 28 techno 87
    June 9, 2010 at 06:11

    i’m muslim and i’ve been advised to drink beer every week because of a gallstone problem :D doctor’s orders :D :D :D

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  24. June 9, 2010 at 20:14

    Nice post Aditya.

    I want to learn to make alcohol myself. The tribals & people in villages, where by their law it’s permitted, make alcohol for their own consumption. We should try it at least once.

    But I see your point.

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  25. 31 Bhanu Kaur
    June 12, 2010 at 05:30

    These tips are great, thanks for sharing!

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  26. 32 Pallavi
    June 12, 2010 at 06:24

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  31. 38 komal
    November 29, 2010 at 14:14

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