Dear Dr Judy
I have joined today as a Tribe Sober member. I have been drinking about a litre of wine every night for the past year. I am fully functional and hold down a demanding job, but I feel that it is taking its toll on me physically (I am 60) and I want to give it up.
I acknowledge that I have an addiction. I have read that stopping suddenly is not advisable as withdrawal symptoms can be severe, and so I am looking for a tapering programme or guidelines for creating my own. Would you be able to point me towards some resources or otherwise suggest how I can go about this?
Congratulations on joining our Tribe . It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to stop drinking on your own. One needs the collective experience and support of the members to be successful. Unfortunately, it is also almost impossible to wean oneself off the booze. Alcohol stimulates certain brain receptors. If you try weaning yourself, the brain demands you drink more and you are back at square one.
So cold turkey is the only option. If you are worried about side effects there are multiple centers that could help you with the initial few days. The first 10 days are usually the worst. Or else go and see your GP who can recommend supplements to assist you.
Good luck with the journey. I can also recommend Janet’s workshop. And let me know if you need more information.