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Ideas to Help You Cut Back On or Stop Using Alcohol

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Topic Overview

If you think you might have alcohol use disorder, talk with your doctor before trying to stop drinking.

If you have alcohol use disorder, you should stop drinking, not just cut back. If you are physically dependent, you might develop severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking on your own.

Whether you have alcohol use disorder or not, or whether you are trying to cut back or quit, the first thing to do is get support. Ask your doctor, family, and friends to help you reach your goal.

Here are some ideas that may help you succeed.

Avoiding alcohol

When drinking

Most importantly, do not give up. Most people do not cut down on or give up drinking all at once. This is okay. If you do not reach your goal the first time, try again.


Credits for Ideas to Help You Cut Back On or Stop Using Alcohol

Current as of: February 11, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Peter Monti PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health


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