One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is cutting back alcohol intake or quitting it cold turkey. For people who have been on the fence about this decision, overindulgence during a New Year’s Eve party can motivate them to take the plunge. If you have made a New Year’s resolution to cut back or quit drinking, the following advice will get you on and keep you on the straight and narrow road.
For some people cutting back on alcohol consumption is difficult but not impossible. They are able to achieve desired lifestyle changes such as losing weight and avoiding hangovers by simply decreasing their intake. For other people, it is not so easy to make the change. They find that even with the best intentions they simply cannot control how much they drink. If you find yourself in this situation it may be time to quit cold turkey.
There are a number of other reasons why it may be preferable to quit instead of cut back as well. Physicians recommend that individual with family history of alcoholism with alcohol-related sexual dysfunction or sleep disturbances and/or who have had alcohol-related injuries quit drinking altogether. Additionally, there are a number of medical conditions i.e. hepatitis C, specific medications and alcohol use disorders that necessitate quitting.
If you fall into any of the previously mentioned categories and are a heavy drinker, it is best practice to consult with your physician before making any significant lifestyle changes. Your primary physician knows your medical history and current conditions and medications better than anyone and can make an educated recommendation for your alcohol consumption.
Regardless of your resolution on the matter, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You do not have to take the journey alone. There are resources available that can be a huge asset.