Back in my drinking days, I was great at telling myself it wasn’t the ‘right time’ to stop.

I would’ve dismissed the idea of taking a break from booze at this time of year. After all, you don’t turn over a new leaf in November. That’s what January is for, right?

But you might be a bit smarter than I was… and you might realise that there are some big benefits to quitting drinking right now.

(Especially this November, with everything else that’s going on.)

If you’re looking for a dose of motivation to stick to your alcohol free goals, check this out:

Key points

This isn’t a ‘normal’ November

Our lives are still disrupted by coronavirus at the moment, so a lot of the usual temptations have been taken away. The holiday season is going to look pretty different this year too – there won’t be one party after another, so you could quit without anyone even realising!

Taking care of yourself has never been more important

The days are getting shorter, it’s dark, cold and life feels uncertain. It’s very easy to get down about things. Alcohol –  a depressant – magnifies those feelings. Drinking increases your anxiety and makes it harder to take care of your overall health and wellbeing.

January will be a lot like November

When the New Year arrives, our lives will still be fairly uncertain. We’ll still have social distancing and restrictions in place. So let’s not romanticise New Year as the only time for starting new things.

Success happens when you take action

I was always great at thinking about my drinking but not very good at doing anything about it. Unfortunately, it turns out that you don’t learn much that way! Waiting until you have all the information before you begin is a sure fire way to never take action.

You’ll be in good company

Ignore the posts on Facebook – as articles like this one show, lots of people are quitting drinking and choosing something different for themselves right now. There’s no such thing as the perfect time to stop – it’s just your mindset and perspective that matters.

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