Lifestyle Changes to Manage Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Socialize without alcohol.
- Avoid going to bars.
- Do not keep alcohol in your home.
- Avoid situations and people that encourage drinking.
- Make new, nondrinking friends.
- Do fun things that do not involve alcohol.
- Avoid reaching for a drink when stressed or upset.
- Continue attending support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Identify your potential relapse triggers and develop coping strategies for difficult situations.
- If you have a relapse, don’t get discouraged—get help.
- Learn stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, regular exercise, rest, and relaxation.
- Eat a healthful diet.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholismwebsite. Available at: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/.
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