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The power in asking why you want to change your drinking

Several years ago I got to the point where I’d had enough of the way I was drinking and, more importantly, how it was making me feel.

  • I was sick of thinking about it all the time (planning when and how much I would drink, worrying about it, planning ways to cut back)
  • I was tired of being tired – waking up at 3am after a night of drinking and then being unable to get back to sleep
  • I was worried that memories of the night before were often hazy – parts of conversations that I didn’t remember the next day, the end of a movie or TV show.

I knew something had to change but my attempts to moderate my drinking just weren’t working.

Once I learned why moderation was so difficult – you can check out the Four Reasons Why Moderation is so Difficult guide to find out more – I knew I had to take a different approach.

Delving into the why

The first step was digging into my ‘Why List’ – all the reasons why I wanted to take back control of my drinking. The list included:

  • I don’t want alcohol to consume so much of my thinking any more
  • I’m tired (in both senses of the word!) of waking up during the night unable to get back to sleep
  • I am concerned that my tolerance for alcohol is increasing and what that is doing to my health
  • I’m worried that drinking is making my perimenopause symptoms worse
  • I get worried when I forget things from the night before and worry what that is doing to my brain
  • I want to lose weight
  • I’m sick of the dark circles under my eyes
  • Drinking affects my fitness

Why was it so important to list out my reasons why?

Because, it confirmed to me that I needed to make a change to the way I was drinking. It was also a list that I could refer back to whenever I questioned whether my drinking really was ‘that bad’.

Looking through the list confirmed that I didn’t need to wait until my drinking was creating major issues in my life to know that I needed to change my relationship with alcohol​​.

What next?

Once I had written the reasons why I wanted to take back control of my drinking, I wrote a second ‘Why List’.

This was a list of all the reasons I liked to drink and it was important in helping me to delve into my thoughts and beliefs around drinking.

I’ve written about it in this blog post.

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