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Ready ... or Not?

Are you ready to change your drinking? If so, choose whether to cut down or quit, and make a change plan. Don't be surprised if you continue to have mixed feelings. You may need to remake your decision several times before becoming comfortable with it.

If youʾre not yet ready, consider these suggestions in the meantime:

  • Keep track of how often and how much you're drinking.
  • Notice how drinking affects you.
  • Make or remake a list of pros and cons about changing.
  • Deal with other priorities that may be in the way.
  • Ask for support from your doctor, a friend, or someone else you trust.
  • Review this site from time to time to refresh your memory about these tips.
Order our free print publication, available in English and Spanish

Download or order the free 20-page booklet, “Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol & Your Health”.

Rethinking Drinking English booklet

Disponible en Español

Descargue o ordene copias gratis del folleto de 20 páginas ‘Piénselo Antes de Beber: El Alcohol y su Salud’.

Rethinking Drinking Spanish booklet

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