Hi I've been drinking 3-4 beers sometimes 6 almost every night for about 4-6 months due to stress and pain using it to cope my husband is getting quite concerned and so am I I'm not into AA I know I can quit on my own, just need some support from people in my shoes... any helpful advice you can give me to start my journey to quit this filthy habit I'm tangled up in? I also smoke only when I drink 😤
Not disputing the fact you probably could stop, but I believe you need to tackle the pain and stress that is causing you to drink in the first place. If you don't, you could be driven to pick up again, right?
I take it you have been to your gp? Sorry for asking such a basic question. If it's a physical pain the doc will definately have something that can help. If the pain is causing you stress then the doc will have something for that too. Unfortunately, alcohol is a great pain reliever, but it brings along with it a whole load of other problems.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
PS excess alcohol causes more stress
You have to find a different coping mechanism for dealing with the stress. I totally understand, I was the same (up until a week ago). I wasn't in to AA either but I kind of have to go for legal reasons and it's actually kind of fun. Everyone is really nice and encouraging. You can go even if you haven't quit yet.
Or, go and have a chat to your GP? Again, mine was really supportive and non judgmental.