Why Simply Trying to Cut Down on Drinking Rarely Works

by | May 2, 2023 | 0 comments

One challenge people often face when reducing their alcohol consumption is the lack of direction.

I understand that cutting down on drinking can be an incredibly difficult challenge. Many people who struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD) try to cut back on their drinking without a strategy, only to find themselves slipping back into old habits. In this blog post, I want to highlight some of the difficulties individuals face when trying to reduce drinking without a strategy.

  • Lack of accountability

One of the biggest challenges to reducing drinking without a strategy is the need for more accountability. Without a plan, it’s easy to make excuses for drinking and justify drinking more than intended. A strategy, such as setting specific goals and tracking progress, can hold individuals accountable and provide a tangible measure of progress.

  • Triggers and cravings

Triggers and cravings are powerful forces that can derail even the most well-intentioned attempts to reduce drinking. Without a strategy, individuals may struggle to identify and manage their triggers and cravings, leaving them vulnerable to relapse. A solid plan that includes coping strategies for dealing with triggers and cravings can help individuals stay on track and avoid relapse.

  • Lack of support

Trying to cut down on drinking without a strategy can be a lonely and isolating experience. Without a support system, individuals may feel like they’re navigating the process alone. A recovery plan that includes support from family, friends, or a recovery group can provide the encouragement and motivation needed to succeed.

  • Unrealistic expectations

Individuals may set unrealistic expectations for themselves when trying to cut down on drinking without a strategy. They may try to make too many changes too quickly or underestimate the difficulty of the process. A recovery plan that is realistic, achievable, and tailored to an individual’s specific needs and circumstances can help set the stage for success.

  • Lack of motivation

Finally, without a strategy, individuals may struggle to stay motivated in their efforts to cut down on drinking. It can be easy to lose sight of why they wanted to make changes in the first place or feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. A recovery plan that includes clear goals, a sense of purpose, and a focus on the positive changes that come with sobriety can help individuals stay motivated and committed to their goals.

In conclusion, cutting down on drinking without a strategy can be a challenging process. However, with the right plan in place, individuals can overcome these challenges and achieve their goals., 

I encourage anyone struggling with AUD to seek support and guidance from a professional or a recovery group to help develop a personalized recovery plan that works for them.

You can also download our app and record your daily drinking journal to measure your progress.


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