Millions of Americans engage in risky drinking behaviors that jeopardize their health, relationships, productivity, and general well-being. Nationwide, nearly one in 13 people over the age of 12 has a drinking problem. Here are ten useful tips that will strengthen your resolve to remain sober.

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  • 4. Don’t keep alcohol in your house. Having a no alcohol at home policy is key.
  • 5. Drink water.  Water is essential and many of us aren’t drinking enough of it.
  • 6. Watch for peer pressure. Practice ways to say no politely. You do not have to drink just because others are, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to accept every drink you’re offered. Stay away from people who encourage you to drink.

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  • 9. Guard against temptation. Steer clear of people and places that make you want to drink. If you associate drinking with certain events, such as holidays or vacations, develop a plan for managing them in advance. Monitor your feelings. When you’re worried, lonely, or angry, you may be tempted to reach for a drink. Try to cultivate new, healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • 10. Be persistent. Most people who successfully cut down or quit drinking altogether do so only after several attempts. You’ll probably have setbacks, but don’t let them keep you from reaching your long-term goal. There’s really no final endpoint, as the process usually requires ongoing effort.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take the first step towards recovery with the free Addicaid app for iPhone Android to join the recovery community today. 

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