Top 6 Tips on How to Stop Drinking Alcohol Now – Allen Carr’s Easyway

Written by: John Dicey & Paul Baker | Last updated: 23 Jan 20

Allen Carr’s Easyway is more than just a list of tips to stop drinking or instructions which have to be followed blindly. Having said that – the method is beautifully simple – the instructions just have to be followed in conjunction with gaining a full understanding of the method.

Whether you think you’re a casual drinker, a medium drinker, a binge drinker, a problem drinker, or what you consider a fully-fledged alcoholic – you’ve been drawn to this page for a reason – to find help to stop drinking. Perhaps someone has criticized your drinking, or you recently embarrassed yourself at a work event, or you’ve just become worried about how much and how often you drink alcohol.

Once you’ve got it clearly into your mind that there are no advantages to drinking instead only benefits of not drinking alcohol, then the steps to quit drinking below will help you get free but if you are serious about quitting, we strongly recommend you attend your nearest Allen Carr center or have an an online seminar :

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  1. 1. You don’t need willpower to stop drinking

    Allen Carr’s Easyway is the complete opposite of other methods of stopping drinking. Collectively we call those other methods ‘the willpower method’. For example, the most up to date version of the ‘Drink Aware’ site is the complete reverse of Allen Carr’s Easyway. The advice given, as well intentioned as it is, rather than help someone quit drinking easily, is likely to cause abject misery and failure.

  2. 2. The best way to stop drinking is to change the way you think about it; you won’t be craving alcohol

    The willpower method suggests that you avoid temptation – with some advising that when you stop drinking you should find restaurants that don’t serve alcohol! Wouldn’t it be easier and so much more pleasant to change the way you think about alcohol so that you can enjoy going into any restaurant, bar, club, or party without feeling left out or deprived because you’re not drinking?

  3. 3. Don’t reduce your alcohol consumption; remind yourself how happy you are to be free

    The hard way to stop drinking alcohol is to frequently remind yourself of why you want to stop drinking. Wouldn’t it be so much more wonderful to keep reminding yourself of how happy you are to be free?

    Mainstream advice recommends cutting down gradually. Yet they don’t recognise that cutting down is even harder than stopping. How many times have you tried to cut down in the past and failed? It ends up as torture and misery.

  4. 4. Be cool about withdrawal; the key is to realise that you’re not “giving up” anything at all.

    Willpower methods bang on and on about “giving up”. The key is to realise that you’re not “giving up” anything at all. You’re getting rid of something that was causing you tremendous problems.

    So many other methods of quitting drinking put fear in your mind – warning of terrible “serious” physical withdrawal symptoms. Yet when you probe further they substantiate them as being “irritability, poor concentration, feeling shaky, feeling tired, difficulty sleeping or bad dreams”. It doesn’t sound that tough does it? I know blokes who feel like that when their football team loses at the weekend!

  5. 5. Quit alcohol without any unpleasantness and detox your body naturally; even for heavy drinkers

    Help lines and advice lines such as ‘Drink Aware’ go on to talk about physical symptoms including trembling hands, sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, palpitations and lack of appetite….but in the small print they do actually admit that they are extremely uncommon. Even at their worse they sound no more unpleasant than a touch of flu! If you’re worried about what alcohol is doing to you – would you waste a single moment worrying about having flu for a few days in return for your freedom? Of course not. In fact – most people who stop drinking with Allen Carr’s Easyway do so without any unpleasantness at all. Even heavy drinkers.

  6. 6. Enjoy your freedom; don’t be afraid of quitting alcohol

    Of course if you’re worried about stopping drinking you should talk to your GP but first maybe decide to find out a little more about Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Drinking and why you really don’t have to be afraid of alcohol withdrawal. Why not take a look at our alcohol seminar and online video programme information and Frequently Asked Questions on our website?

Has the way we drink alcohol changed?

Beer Street & Gin Lane

Has the way we drink changed dramatically over the past few decades? Of course it’s always been the case that people have taken alcohol – seemingly in order to get drunk – and over the centuries what we drink and how we drink it has evolved many times. A basic appreciation of Hogarth’s Beer Street and Gin Lane is evidence enough – albeit satirically so. At face value it warns of the dangers of consuming ‘new-fangled’ highly potent gin versus the purported benign effects of drinking traditional ‘olde English ale’. That comparison is not a million miles away from that made between the apparent binge drinking culture that appeared to morph out of the “normal” level of drinking of the 1960s, 1970s, & 1980s.

Even today – new ways of describing or labelling the effects of drinking on our behaviour seem to appear as each week passes. Who’d have thought that ‘drunkorexia’ would ever claim to exist as a real ‘thing’? Apparently it’s the ‘phenomenon’ of people who are concerned about their weight skipping meals in order to ‘save’ calories so they can be consumed as alcohol. Of course the condition shouldn’t be dismissed – the phenomenon is certainly creating a problem for those who suffer it.

Of course – drink problems are largely the same as they’ve always been and are causing exactly the same kind of behaviours as they’ve always caused. You could say that the only differences in recent years are the amount of alcohol drunk (is there such a thing as a small glass of wine anymore?), the frequency of drinking, the heavy consumption of alcohol being considered normal (where did the repulsive phrase “mummy juice” come from?), the potency of the alcohol, and the early age at which youngsters are starting to drink. That said – I have no doubt Hogarth could have made the same, or at least similar, observations in 1751

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Hrithik Roshan

(quit smoking)

"I tried quitting five times before and failed then I came across Allen Carr's Easyway...If I can quit so can you!"*

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Sir Richard Branson

(on Allen Carr's Easyway)

“I’m pleased to say it has worked for many of my friends and staff”*

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Chrissie Hynde

(quit smoking & alcohol)

"The moral of my story is that drugs, including tobacco & alcohol, only cause suffering. I used Allen Carr’s Easyway & stopped."*

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Nikki Glaser

(quit smoking & alcohol)

"The best method to stop anything. I truly think if I wasn’t a comedian, I would want to be an Allen Carr seminar leader!"*

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Rafael Santandreau

(quit drinking)

Some consider me one of the best psychologists in Spain. Even in Europe. Controlling alcohol is easy and marvellous. I did it many years ago following Allen Carr’s instructions and everyday I feel stronger*

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Ashton Kutcher

(quit smoking)

"I haven't smoked since!"*

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Ellen DeGeneres

(quit smoking)

“If you want to quit… it’s called the Easyway to Stop Smoking… I’m so glad I stopped”*

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Raviraj Kande

(quit smoking)

Seven years since quitting and not tempted anymore*

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Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of drinking – you know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question “what’s so great about being a drinker?” Understanding that is the key to being set free.

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