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Why should I stop drinking?

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Last Updated: 04/08/2020 at 2:08am
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Anonymous
May 26th, 2018 12:55pm
Drinking in excess is toxic, its better in moderation. Red wine has some health benefits and dribking can be a social event. But if you're drinking a lot and it's affecting your life negatively then maybe seek some professional advice and support.
CaringMike
May 27th, 2018 9:16am
Drinking in a excess can lead to all sorts of physical and mental health problems and impact on relationships. Some people can drink in moderation without any ill effects but we tend to live in a culture that glamorises drinking whilst underplaying the large scale damage and cost to the economy. The cost of alcohol abuse to the NHS for example is enormous and cause for grave concern. If you feel you have to drink you need to ask yourself why?
AverageJoe1989
June 21st, 2018 1:42am
Well besides the obvious reasons (Health, Relationship Issues) the most important reason to me is for your mental health. Usually we drink to mask or feelings or stressful life situations, sure it can help temporarily, but that's just it! Its only temporary relief and not only that it affects so many other areas of your life in a negative way if you drink excessively.
calmPudding76
June 28th, 2018 3:46pm
If You feel it is getting in way of your daily life. Like some people end up drinking alot and then end up in weird scenarios. It's best to abstain for a while. Self checks are better and healthier.
Anonymous
July 5th, 2018 6:24am
Other than health reasons. The choice is really up to you. You should take into consideration the reason(s) that you do drink. If your drinking is taking a toll on your life and those around you, then maybe stopping would be good.
miraculousBeach10
July 19th, 2018 5:11am
For your health, your wellness and your family. Alcohol abuse effects everybody around you, and is an indicator of a bigger problem that you can overcome
MattInWonderland
July 19th, 2018 5:56pm
Whether or not you stop drinking is your choice. Others can only provide you with information which helps you to make a choice, and support you in your decision. With that being said, there are some tough things which are important to consider when making a choice about whether or not to stop drinking, as problem drinking can have a big impact on not only yourself but also others around you. The best and safest way to explore these is in person with a trusted professional such as a doctor. My sincere best wishes and I hope this has been helpful.
RumpleSteeleSkin
July 21st, 2018 9:54pm
First I know that you know of the dangers of drinking. I'd like to ask you, why do you feel you should stop drinking? Does it interfere with job/school? How about your relationships? I can easily answer you but I also would feel I was being judgmental and that I am not. I used to drink in my younger years. Oh it's fun yes. But for me I found it interfered in work and study, and my real good friends stayed away from me due to me drinking. Good luck in finding reasons you want to stop drinking.
Anonymous
July 28th, 2018 2:45pm
This national geographic documentary really helped me get a better vision of alcohol and it's dangers and how it's a hard drug like any other and how it can impact your life in the worst way imagineable. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have, it has a really sad ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrTlI6seM0A
Anonymous
August 1st, 2018 12:39pm
Because you are so much better then that. You have got your whole life ahead of you . You are loved and you are precious
Anonymous
September 14th, 2018 1:50pm
alchohol is a depressant, not to mention extremely bad for you if you excessively drink. Its absolutely fine to have a drink every now and then but if you already feel awful and depressed a lot of the time, it really wont help your feelings and may cause you to act out more. unless you are surrounded by people that understand your feelings and that you trust it is probably best to stay away from it until you feel more like yourself. just to be safe. a lot of people when depressed can start to rely on alchohol to get them through the bad time but then it is very difficult to get away from that habit too
ItsSemo
October 5th, 2018 11:52am
If you stop drinking completely one of the first things you notice should be improved energy levels. Regular drinking can affect the quality of your sleep making you feel tired and sluggish. This is because drinking disrupts your sleep cycle. When you drink alcohol before bed you may fall into deep sleep quicker. This is why some people find drinking alcohol helps them drop-off to sleep. But as the night goes on you spend less time in this deep sleep and more time than usual in the less restful, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep. This can leave you feeling tired the next day no matter how long you stay in bed.
Anonymous
November 16th, 2018 3:00pm
Drinking may be seen as a solution. I wasn't good so i said to myself "drinking will make you forget your problems and make you feel less" so i started drinking. I had a bottle of gin. I was drinking before going out after going out, after an argument,before my dates. And i thought that this could make me feel happy. But it didn't. It was just disaster. It made me have stomachache and headache etc. So i thought that drinking is so stupid. It is just like pressing the pain more inside you. Pushing and pushing more. You are having more problems and that sucks. So i think we should try to solve our problems and not forget them.
MadShtty
November 22nd, 2018 8:05am
If you don't have a reason to stop drinking, then just stick with moderation. Drinking isn't inherently bad...or good; it's an activity, and everyone has their own relationship with it. Just take care of your body and mind, try to live in a way that you find healthy and rewarding. If alcohol has a part in that lifestyle then fine, if it doesn't then let it go. If you notice a pattern of drunk behavior that you find unacceptable, then lay off the alcohol until you figure out what's going on with you. Also, try not to drink when in a depressive state, as that tends to bring out the worst in people.
Anonymous
December 6th, 2018 3:33am
Do you feel like you are an alcoholic? Do you feel like you are loosing control of your life? Are you worried about your health? These are questions you should ask yourself if your curious about stopping drinking. I stopped drinking mainly because my boyfriend is an alcoholic. If you have someone your close to that’s a good reason to stop. Maybe you don’t want to kill your liver. Living a sober lifestyle is healthy for your body and your mind. Alcohol is a chemical compound that can hurt your body more than it can help. Also, when you drink you start to lost control of basic bodily functions. Your brain works slower. This is why accidents occur. Your though patterns are infected.
discodonut321
December 7th, 2018 6:13pm
Because it is so bad for your health. If you only drink every once in a while then it's fine, but if you drink all the time it can make you feel depressed and can lead to liver problems. If out have health problems that leads to stress. Stress leads to even more problems. You should try to quit drinking but very slowly and it's ok to have a drink every once in a while. Wine can actually be very good for you. You should talk to someone with more experience in this field because I don't want you to have withdrawals but I think you should try to slowly quit. Message me if you have other questions.
Hellohello90
January 13th, 2019 4:36am
You know quitting drinking is the right thing to do. For your health. You may not want to be alive, but do you want to be alive with poor health? A lack of health that can bring pain you can't imagine dominating your life. Drinking makes depression worse. Drinking makes us not be able to live people as well as we could. Jesus wants the best for you. He doesn't want you to be an alcoholic anymore. It will improve every relationship in your life. You will have more money. You will have better sleep. All that time you spent being drunk or getting alcohol can now be devoted to helping others. Which will help you too.
ApothecaryNicholas
January 18th, 2019 4:58pm
Quit drinking alcohol is so difficult as it is to find reasons to stop it. Most people tend to drink alcohol to forget a situation or feel better about themselves. Having their emotions controlling them they become addicted to it and lose control of their life. I'd stop drinking to gain control of my life and drive it to success.
Anonymous
June 12th, 2019 5:24pm
Sober life is the most pure, truthful life you can live. Being honest with yourself, taking care of yourself. Loving those around you. Recognizing your worth enough to realize you deserve more than what you have given yourself. When I stopped drinking, my life flourished. I got a full time job, in a house I rent, with a car I co-sign. I’m engaged to be married within the year. Life is so much more beautiful now that my eyes are no longer clouded by alcohol and drugs. I’m no longer hurting myself or the people around me. I’ve realized how beautiful life is, and I’ve realized you don’t need to be under the influence to have fun!
Anonymous
June 26th, 2019 5:32am
alcohol consumption is a really and habit. what happens when someone drinks is , when you drink alcohol for the first time your nervous system detects it as some sort of a danger and what is first does is give a signal to the digestive system and the digestive system tries to remove the harmful substance by vomiting and if vomiting didn't work to recover the nerves which are tired the nervous system signals the brain that you need some sleep ,that's why drunk people tend to vomit and sleep. Drinking directly affects the nervous system and long term alcohol consumption can lead to numerous dieseeases either mental or physical. due to long term alcohol consumption the brain cells get damaged and memory issues can occur, that's why these people tend to recall their past but can't remember things which happened in the present That's because they loose their present memory and the past memories are all they left with. lot of internal organs gets damaged due to alcohol consumption and many health related issues can occur.their social lives also can be affected due to this bad habit. No matter how many other good qualities or habits you've people or the society tend to always look for the errors and the social life even gets greatly affected. Hope you stop drinking dear , because what I believe is people who drink are losers.
lydiat2004
August 8th, 2019 9:37pm
As individuals we each have different reasons why we want to stop or why we think it is a good idea to carry on doing the things we like or enjoy. There is no one reason why anyone should stop drinking and it all depends on the person in question which in this case is you. You might want to ask yourself what the pros and cons are of drinking or the pros and cons of not drinking are. It is always up to what you think is best and what you think is right for yourself moving forward.
NonjudgementalMegan
August 15th, 2019 9:30am
Drinking alcohol can be a fun experience. However for some people it can become an addiction. Personally I know I have an addictive personality so drinking is not a good idea. In addition if your vulnerable to mental health issues it can make them alot worse. I'm not sure id want to stop altogether but it has made my life a lot more enjoyable not drinking all the time. How many hours have we wasted being hungover. How many stupid mistakes have we made drunk. In the end I was just tired of waking up and wondering what the hell have I done last night.
Jezbr
October 4th, 2019 10:52am
Its a very good question, because drinking is and has been at the centre of great moments of culture and history for milenia. Celebrations usually include great amounts of dancing and food and some type of alcohol. But the best questions we can answer for ourselves is what is controlling me? Why am I doing this? Does this bring me closer to life and what I want. So I had a season of life where I was working shift work, and playing a lot of RPG computer games. Both of which kept me from doing what I wanted - which at the time was social work, playing in hardcore bands and having bbqs. But to sleep I would drink a lot. And at BBQs I would drink. But both ended in bad sleep and not as intimate social interactions, so I decided that I would prefer to sleep and interact without it. After a season of not drinking I now can't get enough of hand crafted beers. I love different flavours and different branding. So what is drinking for you? Are you getting what you want? Is it controlling you? Because drinking can bring good things. Great pairings with food. Great tastes. Great many things. But it can also end with us waking up in different beds and clothes than what we had planned. So why should you stop drinking? - if it stops you getting what you want. How is a different question.
MedTheory
October 25th, 2019 7:21pm
Does your drinking habits get in the way of a healthy and productive life? If so, then you should probably consider drinking less or stop altogether. If you enjoy drinking with friends, and drink responsibly, then you can find a sweet spot where moderation is key. However, If you find yourself drinking everyday as a way to escape your reality, then that means you have developed an addiction. In which case you most definitely stop drinking, and you should probably seek professional help. It will be tough the first couple of months, however, with enough support and dedication you can pull yourself out of this. If this issue goes unresolved, it could end up costing you your employment, friends and maybe even your own family.
brianna67
October 30th, 2019 4:34pm
You should stop drinking if you want to stop. You should also stop if you think it's negatively impacting your life. Are you missing work or school? Struggling with your health? Is it messing with your finances? An issue in your relationships? Those are things to consider. I'd weigh the pros and cons of continuing to drink if it is negatively impacting you. If you have any concern about an addiction, it would be helpful to stop too. If you are having trouble stopping, there are counselors available who specialize in alcohol or substance abuse and they are a great resource!
xMidnightDream
November 5th, 2019 11:30am
I have always found that drinking can affect the mind very negatively. When I was around 17/18, I was a very heavy drinker and relied on it to get by and to drown my thoughts, but as I carried on, I realised that I was only making myself worse and making my actions and thoughts worse. Alcohol is a natural depressant so if you are feeling depressed/anxious, then it may be a good idea to skip the alcohol and go alcohol free. I have now gotten to the point where I can enjoy a drink without going overboard. Of course, we all may fall into a hole where we drink too much and all of those negative thoughts come out, we are only human and these things happen. If this does happen (as it did to me over Halloween), please make sure to surround yourself with those you love and care for, and take care of yourself, take a relaxing bath, eat plenty of good foods and keep yourself hydrated!
rainyHeart6389
January 11th, 2020 6:41pm
When I have a choice to drink or not, I first think about my body. How alcohol will affect my organs. And I end up telling myself that I love myself and won't harm myself in such a way. Also, I try to have fun independently of whether I'm drunk or not. Another reason is that alcohol is very expensive and I would rather buy something useful than waste my money on that. Finally, I'm afraid that drinking will become a habit and I will become addicted, my close ones will call me alcoholic and they will hate me.
tranquilHoney6294
January 16th, 2020 11:53pm
I know it’s hard to stop, but there’s many benefits. Think of all the things you could do by stopping. Without the shame of being an alcoholic, in my experience, it’s much easier to make friends. You’ll likely have a better grip on the world around you, and you’ll start feeling better. Not only that, but you’ll save money that you would have spent on your addiction. There are many health benefits to stopping drinking, and after some time you’ll begin to see them. Alcohol dehydrates your body, and damages your liver. I’ve been there, and I feel much happier now that I’ve stopped drinking all the time.
bellarina74
January 31st, 2020 2:46pm
A good way to succeed in this is to slowly reduce your intake first. Doing this cold turkey will be very challenging so by taking small steps forward to ceasing your intake you will feel a better sense of achievement. Putting yourself under pressure to do this instantaneously is going to be setting yourself up for failure. In this case, maybe reduction is a better way to go. Finding a substitute is also another option. Instead of becoming anxious and being hard on yourself when you have a slip up, maybe reward yourself when you don’t have a drink. For example, if you go without a drink for two days in a row, reward yourself with a treat of some sort. It could even be something as small as buying a new magazine for yourself that you wouldn’t normally read.
BundlesOfLove93
February 3rd, 2020 10:51am
There are several reason why one should stop drinking, however, I am going to list only a few reason why you should stop drinking. First of all, drink driving is caused by, guess what? Drinking.. and driving! Drink driving is one of the biggest reasons for crashes and death on the roads because your reaction times are delayed and your vision can also be altered because of drinks. On another side of things, there the drinking to make yourself feel better. Unfortunately, that is wrong, and drinking will only boost those emotions, like anxiety. It can also lower one’s awareness of danger, which is why drunken brawls are a thing