Quitting Alcohol Gradually: Is it the Best Option?

When it comes to substance abuse, the answer to questions about its symptoms and treatment can vary. Alcohol use disorder can develop at any age, but it is most commonly seen in people in their 20s and 30s. If you have decided to reduce your alcohol consumption as a way to reduce harm and aid in recovery, the first step is to create a plan. Quitting alcohol suddenly, especially if you are used to drinking 12 beers a day, can be more stressful than doing it gradually.

It is much safer to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink slowly rather than stopping suddenly.

If you have serious issues with alcohol or have a history of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, you should not attempt to reduce your alcohol consumption at home as this could lead to withdrawal symptoms.

It is important to calculate your initial alcohol consumption in terms of standard drinks in order to create a phased reduction schedule. Additionally, replacing one type of drink with another does not help reduce alcohol consumption if you are still consuming the same amount of standard drinks. When alcohol is completely eliminated, adrenaline and other hormones are allowed to run wild in the brain. All of these efforts work together to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ensure that the person is safe from any harm. People who have successfully stopped drinking alcohol in the past may be more likely to benefit from this strategy.

Stopping alcohol is the first step in the recovery process, but the goal is to stay sober for longer periods of time. Reducing alcohol consumption can be uncomfortable and there may be triggers that subconsciously stimulate the desire for alcohol. The gradual reduction will usually create less severe withdrawal symptoms, but they will last for a longer period of time. In a survey conducted by The Recovery Village, 71% of recovering alcohol users reported relapsing, 32% within their first year of recovery. If you are considering quitting alcohol gradually, it is important to remember that it is not an easy process. You should always consult with a medical professional before attempting any kind of detoxification or reduction plan.

They will be able to provide advice on how best to proceed and ensure that you are safe throughout the process.

Sophia Streeby
Sophia Streeby

Addiction recovery expert from experience and training - I want to help others Quit drinking alcohol and find freedom from addiction daily.