How do I stop drinking alcohol -  Quit Alcohol Support, Advice, Help and Guidance UK

How do I stop drinking alcohol - Quit Alcohol Support, Advice, Help and Guidance UK

12-08-2019

You Don't Lack Willpower - Alcohol is Proven to be Addictive


Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that can affect virtually anyone at any given time. Also known as alcoholism, it's characterised by a person's need or desire to drink alcohol, regardless of the negative impact on their life. It has physical and psychological causes and internal and external risk factors.


What does this mean?
The physical causes of alcohol addiction are triggered by the chemical response in your brain when you drink. Alcohol interacts with the gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors which stimulate the release of endorphins (the chemicals that generate feelings of pleasure). This chemical interaction leads to increased and persistent alcohol cravings.


What are the psychological causes?
This refers to the use and/or abuse of alcohol as a coping mechanism, whether that's during periods of sadness, stress, grief or other trauma. Over time, the psychological need makes you dependent on alcohol.


And the risk factors?
• Internal: genetics; having family members who are alcoholics; suffering from mental health conditions; experiencing trauma/stress


• External: your upbringing (being raised in a home where alcoholism is the norm); being subjected to peer pressure; starting drinking at a young age; lacking support


I've tried to beat alcoholism but I guess I don't have the willpower


By definition, willpower refers to your self-control, self-discipline and inner strength or resolve. It's your ability to resist temptation and the influence of others. Since alcohol addiction is a disease, not a choice, willpower alone cannot help you quit drinking.


So what's the answer?


Support and treatment. This could be therapy to discover the underlying reason why you drink, rehabilitation to give you coping skills, medication from your GP or a combination of them all. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment and it will take time to find the approach that works for you. The important thing is to not give up and to stay motivated by focusing on the many benefits of being alcohol-free.

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