Daily Archives: 22/01/2014

Thinking about stopping

These were questions that I started to ask myself when I realised that my drinking was once more problematic and I moved from pre-contemplative to contemplative again:

How do I feel about my drinking?

What are the good things about drinking?

Is there anything about drinking I don’t like?

Do I see myself as a life-long drinker?

How do I see my life in the future if I decide to continue drinking?

Do I have any concerns about stopping?

What would get in the way of stopping?

What would I need to have in place to enable me to stop drinking?

How ready do I feel to stop drinking?

On a scale of 0-10 how important is it for me personally to stop drinking?

0 = not very important

10 = very important

On a scale of 0-10 if I decide right now to stop drinking how confident do I feel that I would be successful?

0 = not very confident

10 = very confident

What are my main reasons for wanting to stop drinking?

What do I think my biggest problem will be if I stop drinking?

I found it important to think about all of these things when considering the change.  I weighed up the pro’s (as detailed here) and con’s (as detailed here) of staying with the behaviour vs changing the behaviour.  Maybe these questions will be useful for you too?