We've all heard the famous Lay's potato chip slogan, "Betcha can't eat just one." After one chip, we reach for another; then another. Before we know it, we've eaten half a bag. Our first thoughts are, eating half a bag of potato chips isn't healthy. We should cut back and maybe only eat the suggested serving size in one sitting. However, those that have tried sticking with only 9 chips as a serving size knows how it's almost impossible to do so.
When you think about it, eating no chips versus only 9 chips is more likely. While this scenario is quite different, the principle of the meaning is the same; those that are trying to cut down on drinking alcohol might consider quitting as a better option.
Do you have trouble with drinking too much alcohol? Do you drink every day and worry about whether or not you're an alcoholic? If so, it might be time to quit drinking, or at the very least, cut down. If you're searching for an Asheville alcohol rehab center that you can trust, look no further than Legacy Freedom. We can help you kick your heavy drinking addiction.
Why Quitting Is Easier
Unfortunately, cutting down is easier said than done. It's just like eating only one potato chip. Sometimes, quitting is the best, less difficult way.
Believe it or not, a few studies have been done on this matter. Each time, the study finds that quitting is easier on patients than cutting down. If you're thinking of cutting down on drinking, consider the following information.
According to sciencedaily.com, "People who are seeking treatment for alcohol dependence and whose goal is to quit drinking entirely are more likely to achieve this goal if they are treated by a care provider who advocates total abstinence. Those who wish to learn to drink in moderation are not as successful, even when they are treated by a care provider who works with controlled consumption."
According to a study done at University of Gothenburg in Sweden, these findings are correct. It's harder to cut down than it is to quit altogether.
The study followed 201 patients for almost three years. During that time, patients either tried to control their drinking or quit altogether. Those who were chosen to quit drinking completely were more successful than those who tried to control their drinking. Almost 100% of the patients were in agreement that abstinence was the key to being sober and staying sober. Trying to control alcohol intake was much more difficult.
According to one researcher of the study, Associate Professor Kristina Berglund, "It is easy to believe that the patient and care provider having a common goal is the most important factor in achieving good treatment outcomes, but it is not that simple. Our study shows that, regardless of agreement on goals and methods, in the end it is more difficult to stick to controlled drinking than to give it up entirely."
Though quitting "cold turkey" is the best option for those who have a drinking problem, cutting down is better than nothing.
Below, you'll find tips that will help you limit your consumption of alcohol.
Keep a diary. In this journal, track every time you have a drink as well as how much you drink per day. Be sure to include detailed information about where you are, why you chose to drink and who you were with. After two weeks, look back over your notes. See if you notice a pattern. Use this to help you cut down even more.
Set goals. If you normally have six or seven drinks each time you go out with friends, try to limit it to two or three. If you have three or four beers every single night, try only having one per night. If you're not sure how much you should be drinking, you can go by the following standards. Women should only have one standard drink per day. Men should have no more than two standard drinks per day. This is a great way to gauge how much you're actually consuming and how much you should cut down.
Don't bring alcohol home. This can be a great way to limit what you have during the week. This can also help you set goals and stick with them. If you only drink while you're out you're less likely to drink every day.
Don't drink too fast. Sometimes, we down a drink without thinking about how quickly we have done so. Slow down and sip the drink instead of gulping it.
Eat first. Never drink on an empty stomach. This can cause you to drink too much and also cause you to become sick. Eating first will make you full so you will have to limit what you drink.
Choose one or two days a week when you are completely alcohol free. If you do drink every day, this is a great way to cut down. If you only drink on the weekends, choose one weekend per month that you are alcohol free.
Learn to say no. We know how peer pressure can be, no matter what age you are. If you go out with friends or coworkers for drinks don't let them encourage you to drink too much. Stick to your goal and don't go over it no matter how much you're offered.
Join a support group. This is a great way to cut down on drinking and eventually stop altogether. You'll be able to talk with people just like you are dealing with the same situation.
We hope you find this information useful. And remember, sometimes it's easier to quit altogether then try to cut down. If you're ready to stop drinking but need help, consider Legacy Freedom.
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