If you have been drinking heavily for a long time and have decided you now want to quit drinking it is important to take your time and plan this out. You need to safely quit drinking.
#1 Thing To Do
You must see your medical practitioner in order for them to assess your current situation and understand whether you might be physically addicted to alcohol. If this is the case, then you may need to gradually reduce your alcohol intake. If you were to suddenly stop, it could have negative effects on your health.
So, definitely see your medical practitioner. They might also have access to counselling or other services to help you quit.
Make Changes Slowly
Think of your long-term goal to quit drinking, perhaps after years of drinking. You will need to take it step by step. Obviously if the doctor has said it is safe for you to immediately stop drinking, you could do this but even then it is best to have a gradual plan.
Start by making small changes such as substituting an alcoholic drink with a soft drink and drinking a glass of water after every drink to rehydratre you.
Look After Your Health
It may be worth seeing a nutritionist to understand what foods, minerals and vitamins you may need to start taking or adding in to replace what the alcohol has taken from your system. And look at your diet and exercise regimen and see how you can change this over the coming months.
What can you replace your old habits such as going to the pub with? E.g. perhaps going for a jog or to the gym instead,
Measure and review your results
At the end of each week you can compare how you are doing with your alcohol drinking compared to when you were drinking and what steps and lessons you have learnt. Remember, you can forgive yourself for the odd lapse as long as you are focused on your long-term goal.
Have a support structure
Finally, a great way to help you safely quit drinking is to have both friends, family and non-drinkers, especially former drinkers, in your environment who will support you and who you can talk to especially during low points. You may even connect with someone on a regular basis as a way of checking your progress.
One of the best ways you can safely quit drinking on your own is to get the Give Up Alcohol Course which has been helping people from all over the world give up drinking since 2007.