Do you really need to quit drinking?

That’s a question only you can answer. People quit drinking for all kinds of reasons. Some people want to shed that alcohol weight and improve their overall health. Others get tired of battling hangovers and crippling “hangxiety” after a night of heavy drinking and are ready to move on.

For a lot of us, it boils down to even bigger questions like, “Is my drinking out of hand? Do I have a problem?” If that’s you, it’s a good idea to learn about the signs of alcoholism and problem drinking. The following resources can help.

Understanding that I was an alcoholic

Am I an Alcoholic? Know the Signs.

We take a comprehensive look at this loaded question. If you’ve been questioning your drinking, this is a good place to start.

woman hiding her drinking problem at the bodega

How to Spot a Drinking Problem.

You don’t have to tick all the boxes of alcoholism to have a problem with alcohol. Let’s talk about the gray areas and why they matter.

What to Expect When You Quit Drinking

Sometimes our fears about sobriety are enough to keep us from ever trying to quit drinking. It’s helpful to know what to expect. If you’re just starting out, here’s what that first month is like.

pouring out alcohol to get sober
GETTING SOBER

The First 30 Days of Sobriety

The first month of sobriety can be a rollercoaster. Although everybody’s sober journey is different, there are some things you can anticipate in those early weeks.

If you’re thinking of getting sober, I highly recommend hitting up your local book store or library and making time to read “Quit Lit.” I refused to entertain the idea of having a drinking problem for a very long time. Then I read other people’s stories and felt like the authors were inside my head.

It was a wake-up call, but also comforting. It helped me realize some important things:

  • Yes, my drinking was that bad.
  • I wasn’t special. Plenty of other people had been there, too.
  • I was perfectly capable of getting sober and living a happy life.

If you’re looking for some excellent reads, here are the books that got me started.

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Explore topics or browse our collection of articles to help you start your sobriety journey. We cover a wide range of topics from benefits of sobriety, online support systems, roadblocks, relapse, triggers, cravings, and everything in between. Whether you’re seeking motivation, inspiration, or a proverbial kick in the ass, you can find it here.