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Top ways to quit alcohol for good

Top ways to quit alcohol for good

With the first year anniversary since I quit drinking alcohol creeping up, I'd like to share what my top strategies were for staying sober for a year. While my goal was to reach one year without alcohol, now that I've (almost) reached it, I plan to continue on this path. The benefits to staying sober far outweigh the benefits of drinking. 

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Alcohol is everywhere

Alcohol is everywhere
One of the first things I noticed when I quit drinking alcohol was its ubiquitous presence. Strangely, I'd never realized how frequently the theme of alcohol arose in my daily life. And by my daily life, I mean yours, too. It's in radio commercials, TV shows, movies, social media posts even Hallmark stores for God's sake. Can't cope with life? Have a drink. Boss sucks? Have a drink. It's noon somewhere in the world... Have a drink.  Continue reading

Tackling the triggers

Tackling the triggers
Once you quit drinking, for good, you're going to get to know your triggers. You won't like them at first, and certainly won't recognize them. That's because before quitting, a trigger would be imperceptible to your mind. Almost as quickly as it would arise, you would reach for that glass of wine.  Continue reading

Celebrating without wine

Celebrating without wine
I had a reason to celebrate. On this particular day,  I'd received news that the editor job I'd applied for was mine for the taking. Truly, a dream job. I'd been writing for a local newspaper for a couple years and my contract was ending in a few weeks. I had no job lined up. And, skill-wise, I was best suited for a writing or editing gig,  Continue reading