Stop Drinking Alcohol ..What Is It Like To Withdraw From Alcohol?

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Once you have made the decision to stop drinking, your body needs time to adjust to the absence of the alcohol in its system that it has been used to. Lets take a look at what to expect during this time and how to handle some symptoms.



Know that you can quite safely detox in the 'comfort' and privacy of your home. If at any time in the process you are worried about any experience or have had a negative experience in the past, please get help from your doctor or even a local alcohol support group. Punishing yourself for your habit with horrible withdrawals will not help you or those around you.



The first three days will probably be the worst. You can expect to feel anxious, irritable and restless and may have flu-like symptoms. Do not give up; in a week to ten days you will feel much better.



Since alcohol has a high sugar concentration, it is helpful to replenish this for the first few days. Drinking fruit juice is the best way to achieve this.



Alcohol also disrupts your natural sleep rhythms. Don not stress if you can't sleep or wake after only a few hours, this is quite ordinary and will correct itself after a few weeks. Cope with the adjustment by learning some relaxation exercises.



Things you used to find interest in will return as the days pass. Take advantage of them to stay busy. See a movie or read a book if that's what you enjoy. Make sure to set little goals for yourself that with a little work you can reach. If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, save those goals for a later time as they are much harder to achieve. Your body should deal with only one thing at a time right now.



Share with loved ones what you are feeling is you are comfortable in doing so. Don't be frustrated to they seem mistrustful or appear unsupportive. They too are going through many changes, just like you.



Stopping drinking will not solve all the problems that caused you to drink in the first place. Do not fall in to the trap of trying to tackle them all right away. After a while you will be in a better position to put your problems in to the proper perspective and can then begin to talk to someone like a counsellor.



Don't fall into the trap of setting yourself up to start drinking again. Have what you will say to the person who offers you alcohol ready in your mine so you will never be aught unprepared.



It is difficult to give up alcohol. AA has the motto 'one day at a time,' but with this in mind and keeping a positive outlook, you can keep your decision to be alcohol free.



Once you have made the decision to stop drinking, your body needs time to adjust to the absence of the alcohol in its system that it has been used to. Lets take a look at what to expect during this time and how to handle some symptoms.



Know that you can quite safely detox in the 'comfort' and privacy of your home. If at any time in the process you are worried about any experience or have had a negative experience in the past, please get help from your doctor or even a local alcohol support group. Punishing yourself for your habit with horrible withdrawals will not help you or those around you.



The first three days will probably be the worst. You can expect to feel anxious, irritable and restless and may have flu-like symptoms. Do not give up; in a week to ten days you will feel much better.



Since alcohol has a high sugar concentration, it is helpful to replenish this for the first few days. Drinking fruit juice is the best way to achieve this.



Alcohol also disrupts your natural sleep rhythms. Don not stress if you can't sleep or wake after only a few hours, this is quite ordinary and will correct itself after a few weeks. Cope with the adjustment by learning some relaxation exercises.



Things you used to find interest in will return as the days pass. Take advantage of them to stay busy. See a movie or read a book if that's what you enjoy. Make sure to set little goals for yourself that with a little work you can reach. If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, save those goals for a later time as they are much harder to achieve. Your body should deal with only one thing at a time right now.



Share with loved ones what you are feeling is you are comfortable in doing so. Don't be frustrated to they seem mistrustful or appear unsupportive. They too are going through many changes, just like you.



Stopping drinking will not solve all the problems that caused you to drink in the first place. Do not fall in to the trap of trying to tackle them all right away. After a while you will be in a better position to put your problems in to the proper perspective and can then begin to talk to someone like a counsellor.



Don't fall into the trap of setting yourself up to start drinking again. Have what you will say to the person who offers you alcohol ready in your mine so you will never be aught unprepared.



It is difficult to give up alcohol. AA has the motto 'one day at a time,' but with this in mind and keeping a positive outlook, you can keep your decision to be alcohol free.

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