Is Drinking Holding Back Your Career? 5 Tips to Stop Drinking

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jan 1, 2019

Jan 1, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Are you having a hard time reaching your career goals? Have you ever considered whether or not your activities outside the office are making it hard for you to achieve all that you want to accomplish?

You might consider yourself a "functional alcoholic," but you might be less functional than you think.

Your drinking habits might even be preventing you from finding a new job or leveling up in your current career.

Are you drinking more often than you ought to? If so, here are five tips that will help you stop drinking and start putting your career goals first.

1. Use Tech to Your Advantage

There are lots of free and low-cost apps you can use to reduce your alcohol consumption and eventually stop drinking for good.

There are apps that help you connect with other individuals who are also trying to give up drinking.

You can also find apps that provide you with daily motivation and encouragement. Some apps even gamify the process for you and make it easy for you to track your progress.

2. Ask a Friend to Help You Stop Drinking

There's nothing wrong with asking a friend or family member for help and support.

In fact, the accountability that comes with someone knowing you're trying to quit might be just what you need to stop drinking for good.

3. Cut Back Gradually

It can be hard to stop drinking cold turkey. In fact, it can even be dangerous. Instead, try tapering off slowly.

Start by committing to just one alcohol-free day per week. When it becomes easy to go one day without drinking, you can progress to two alcohol-free days per week. 

You might also want to try replacing your regular alcoholic beverages with something non-alcoholic. For example, replace your nightly beer with a non-alcoholic one, or replace your nightly glass of wine with a mug of tea.

4. Reward Your Progress

Remember to reward yourself for every step you take in the right direction.

One great way to reward your progress is to save up the money you would have spent on alcohol and save it for something you really want -- a vacation, a new outfit, a cool new gadget, etc.

5. Avoid Temptations

Finally, be sure to keep yourself out of temptation's way as much as possible.

Don't go to clubs or parties where you know alcohol will be served. Consider taking up a new hobby to keep yourself busy and avoid drinking out of boredom.

You might need to take a break from spending time with certain friends or coworkers, too, until you feel better able to resist the temptation to drink.

Need More Help Leveling up in Your Career?

Implement these tips to help you stop drinking and you'll have a much easier time getting ahead in your career.

Of course, your drinking habits might not be the only thing holding you back. A lack of information can also keep you from taking your career to the next level.

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