How do you know when it’s time to quit drinking or take a break from booze? 

I used to google this topic endlessly.

Because I wasn’t a rock bottom drinker, I was never sure if I was overreacting or not. 

But there are always clues that it’s time to stop.

Here are 6 surprising signs you probably haven’t considered yet… 

Key points

1. You’ve always got one eye on the booze

You know exactly how much is left in the bottle. You keep an eye on what everyone else is drinking and wonder if there’s enough left; you often feel anxious about getting to the shops in time so you can buy more.

 

2. You’re touchy about your drinking

Perhaps a friend makes an offhand, jokey comment about your love of wine and you replay the remark over and over in your head. What did they really mean by it? You worry about what other people think. 

 

3. You’re relieved when you can drink

You worry that you won’t be able to drink in the way you want, so it’s a relief when you can. You feel delighted when someone else volunteers to drive, or you get home early so you can have a few drinks alone.

 

4. You create a lot of rules around your drinking

Perhaps you make yourself wait until a certain time of day. Maybe you have rules about what you can drink or where. These rules can appear to work initially, but you’re soon back to square one.

 

5. There’s a lingering feeling of fear and unease

You have this sense that something bad is about to happen, you’re just not sure what. Perhaps you’ve already had a few close calls or put yourself in situations that could’ve ended with you hurting yourself or someone else. 

 

6. You’re here

If you’re asking yourself whether you need to quit drinking, then there’s a very good chance you do. If alcohol is making you unhappy, you have nothing to lose by experimenting with sobriety and taking a proper break from booze.

 

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