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Health & Happiness

How Can I Stop Drinking So Much at Home?

If you think you’re drinking too much at home, the reason is probably very straightforward: boredom. So, the absolute best way to break the habit of drinking at home is to replace it with a different activity, hopefully, a healthy one. That may sound like an oversimplification for some of you, but there’s actually plenty of substance to the idea. Whenever we have an unhealthy habit that causes us emotional distress, we won’t make any progress until we find an alternative to the behavior we want to get rid of.

That being said, the process isn’t going to be easy. It will be a journey, a months-long journey that you will tackle day by day until you reach your goal not to drink as much at home. Here’s precisely how to do that to give yourself a better chance of success. 

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Frame the problem

Honestly, drinking a lot at home doesn’t automatically mean that you’ve developed alcoholism. Most of the time, it’s only a sign that we’ve created an unhealthy habit over the years, and we’ve just gotten used to it. That’s usually what happens with most harmful activities. We understand that we need to keep things in moderation, but we still do it. If we persist – and don’t take a step back and realize the risks – what was once a guilty pleasure can turn into a full-fledged vice.  

So, step one to not drinking so much at home is being honest with yourself about the extent of the problem. Ask yourself, am I drinking at home because I don’t want to buy alcohol at a restaurant, which would be more expensive? Or, ask yourself, am I drinking at home because I can’t stop thinking about doing anything else until I have a drink?

The first reason for drinking at home is practical; the latter indicates a growing health problem that you should address before it worsens. The good news is that alcohol hypnosis effectively changes behaviors if you do it right.

Replace drinking with something healthier

As we touched upon above, the best way to stop drinking so much at home is to replace the activity with something different, ideally something healthier. But you don’t have to go on a full-fledged diet and exercise routine. Instead, you can take on a new hobby or entertain yourself with something emotionally stimulating, like watching a hilarious movie. The idea is to give your mind a different type of pleasure than intoxication until you stop reaching for another drink after you’ve already had one.

Another trick is to invite friends over who you know don’t drink nearly as much. Think of it as reverse peer pressure because you’re less likely to drink excessively if you’re the only one consuming alcohol. You may not be able to do this every time you have a craving, but you’ll see results after making a genuine effort.

Ultimately, you could stop drinking so much at home in several ways, but these tips are easiest to follow.