Tips to help you quit drinking alcohol
1. Allen Carr’s Easyway is the complete opposite of other methods of quitting drinking. Collectively we call those other methods ‘the willpower method’. For example, the most up to date version of the ‘Drink Aware’ site it’s the complete reverse of Allen Carr’s Easyway. The advice given, as well intentioned as it is, rather than help someone quit drinking easily, is likely to cause abject misery and failure.
2. The willpower method suggests that you avoid temptation – with some advising that when you quit drinking you should find restaurants that don’t serve alcohol! Wouldn’t it be easier and so much more pleasant to change the way you think about alcohol so that you can enjoy going into any restaurant, bar, club, or party without feeling left out or deprived because you’re not drinking?
3. The hard way to quit drinking alcohol is to frequently remind yourself of why you want to quit drinking. Wouldn’t it be so much more wonderful to keep reminding yourself of how happy you are to be free?
Mainstream advice recommends cutting down gradually. Yet they don’t recognise that cutting down is even harder than quitting. How many times have you tried to cut down in the past and failed? It ends up as torture and misery.
4. Willpower methods bang on and on about “quitting”. The key is to realise that you’re not “giving up” anything at all. You’re getting rid of something that was causing you tremendous problems.
So many other methods of quitting drinking put fear in your mind – warning of terrible “serious” physical withdrawal symptoms. Yet when you probe further they substantiate them as being “irritability, poor concentration, feeling shaky, feeling tired, difficulty sleeping or bad dreams”. It doesn’t sound that tough does it? I know blokes who feel like that when their football team loses at the weekend!
5. Help lines and advice lines such as ‘Drink Aware’ go on to talk about physical symptoms including trembling hands, sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, palpitations and lack of appetite….but in the small print they do actually admit that they are extremely uncommon. Even at their worse they sound no more unpleasant than a touch of flu! If you’re worried about what alcohol is doing to you – would you waste a single moment worrying about having flu for a few days in return for your freedom? Of course not. In fact – most people who quit drinking with Allen Carr’s Easyway do so without any unpleasantness at all. Even heavy drinkers.
6. Of course if you’re worried about quitting drinking you should talk to your GP but first maybe decide to find out a little more about Allen Carr’s Easyway to Quit Drinking and why you really don’t have to be afraid of alcohol withdrawal. Why not take a look at our alcohol seminar and on-demand service information and Frequently Asked Questions on our website?