Skip to Content Skip to Menu
Logo: Rethinking Drinking - Alcohol and your health
Thinking About a Change?

Thinking About a Change?

The decision to change your drinking is up to you. Mixed feelings are normal. It can help to weigh your pros and cons using our interactive worksheet. Don’t wait to “hit bottom,” as changing sooner rather than later is always better. Once you’re ready to cut down or quit, you’ll find many helpful suggestions in the links below.
What counts as a drink?

It’s up to you

Pros & cons
What are your reasons for and against making a change?

Ready … or not?
See what to do if you’re not quite ready to change your drinking.

To cut down or to quit …
Consider which is best for you.

Planning for a change
A “change plan” helps you solidify your goal and how you’ll reach it.

What counts as a drink?

Strategies for cutting down

Tips to try
Small changes can make a big difference.

Reminder strategies
Reinforce your decision with reminders.

What counts as a drink?

Support for quitting

Choose your approach
One size does not fit all—choose the approach that’s best for you.

Self-help strategies for quitting
Recognize risky situations, avoid them if possible, and cope if you can’t avoid them.

Social support
Get help from family, friends, and support groups.

Professional help
Options now include medications your regular doctor can prescribe as well as counseling and intensive specialty programs.