Behavior Modification: Drinking in Focus

I have been an alcoholic for the past three years already. Every other day, I drink with my friends after school, or every time when I am alone at our house.

I have been trying really hard to reduce my alcohol consumption, but sometimes peer pressure is just so hard to resist. Parties, get-togethers and other events are happening at least a week. I have a hard time to say no to an invitation, especially from my friends. A cup in my hand usually ends up in my mouth.

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Interesting conversations usually happens every time I drink. Drinking has been the outlet of my emotions.For the past few years, I have been undergoing an emotional journey and drinking made me stronger; it made me forget the painful moments and hard relationships.

But the good thing was, I have good resistance to drunkenness. However, I do not feel that I am getting the right healing. Drinking has worsened my health. My stomach got bigger and I noticed that I have become forgetful. Memory is a very precious thing and it affects my life, my behavior in school, at home, and everything. Thus, I have decided that this is the behavior that I have to change.For the first week, Monday, I did my regular habit of drinking.

After school, I was invited by my close friend to have a few drinks in the local bar nearby. That was around 10 in the evening. I drank three glasses of martini and three glasses of vodka. It was my normal amount. I got home around 1 in the morning. All the people in the house are already asleep. I woke up late.

I forgot to do my assignment so I crammed it before class. I got into class 10 minutes late. I have a term paper due the following day so I did not have time anymore to hang-out with my friends.I got home around dinner time.

The following day, Wednesday was the birthday of my cousin. I promised like two weeks ago that I will be going to her simple dinner at their house. I went their around 7:30 in the evening, straight from school.

I only had consumed around four bottles of beer and few shots of hard drinks because we played some drinking games. We were really having a good time that I have decided to stay in their house for the night. We went to sleep around 3 in the morning. On Thursday, I had a little hangover that I did not come to my first class that morning.I went home first, freshen up then went to school. I did not drink today since I promised to go home early to have my car fixed. However, my friends in my organization invited me to a party this Friday night.

I agreed, since we always go out on Friday night. The party was really great. I only had a couple of drinks and danced the night away. For the weekends, my family had plans on going to a camping trip. Thus, I never had a chance to drink during those two days. To record how many times I drank that week, it was around three.Actually, the normal is usually four, but since we had a camping trip, I did not go clubbing on Saturday night.

I really wanted to restrain myself from drinking too much. So I have decided to control it for the next three weeks and focus myself on school and also spend more quality time with my family. My goal is to restrict myself from drinking, with only a maximum of one party a week.

To avoid any temptations, I wish to do the following: First, I will have to put some wine bottles out of sight. I will have to ask my sister to hide it somewhere I cannot see.She actually hid it perfectly that I cannot really find it in any place I usually hang out in the house. Second, I will try to engage myself in sports, maybe do some jogging and exercising early morning. Third, I will come home just in time for dinner. I have to be home no later than 8 in the evening.

For following week, my friends in school invited me to hang-out after class, again in the usual local bar we go to during Mondays. I was having second thoughts about it. I just told them that I was really busy, that I have a paper due this week and will have no time to party.I just told them to go out on Friday. They were surprised by my answer. Anyway, when I got home, around 7:30 in the evening, I was just in time for dinner. My family was actually surprised to see me in the house. They thought that I was doing my school work in school.

The following day was Tuesday and we don’t usually go out on Tuesdays. On Wednesday, I woke up early to do some jogging in the streets. I jogged for about 30 minutes. It was really a good feeling. I went back home to wash myself. When I went to school, my legs were shaking. Maybe my body was still adjusting.On Thursday, I did the same thing.

I jogged for about an hour in the streets. I even invited my sister to jog with me. On Friday, I went with my friends to this cool party. I restricted myself to around 2 drinks, not really the hard ones. I just danced and danced. I went home by midnight, still very awake. For the weekend, I treated myself with a very relaxing spa. For this week, I only had 2 drinks from that single party I attended.

I started exercising. I did it for 2 days in a row. For the third week, I promised myself exercise every other day at least.So for Monday, I cannot go jogging anymore since I woke up a bit late. I just did a few stretching at home and then went to school. On Tuesday, my friends were wondering what is happening to me.

They were wondering why I don’t meet up with them that much anymore. I told them that I was really busy in my school work, which is actually true. There were a lot of requirements needed to be submitted and a few quizzes to pass. They understood my situation. For the next couple of days, I did the same routine of exercising at home. I also jogged a few minutes.

I did quite good in my quiz since I had more time studying. On Friday, I was supposed to come to another party, but I had a sick stomach so I did not anymore come. I think it was a blessing in disguise. At least, for the week, I did not have the opportunity to drink. For the weekend, I rewarded myself with the shoes that I was planning to buy for the longest time. I bought it finally.

For the fourth week, I was really had this thirst for a few drinks so that Monday night, I went again with my friends. I just had this one bottle of beer. I was really amazed by how much I improved on my tolerance.I just told them that I did not have any more money. The following days were busy days in school. I had a presentation to make, which turned out good. I actually prepared it quite longer than I usually prepare anything.

I guess, drinking really had a big impact on my performance in school. At least, this time I am able to go home quite early, and still have time to do my assignments. For this week, I had only 1 beer and that’s it. I rewarded myself with a day’s load of DVD marathon of “The Office. ” In conclusion, I improved a lot. Way beyond I expected.

I thought it was really shameful to turn down invitations and offers from my friends to drink. The results were great. I had more time studying and more time to sleep. I was able to exercise in the morning and jog in the streets. I even discovered that our area was really a good place for jogging. Also, I had more quality time with my family, being able to come to dinner on time and have a chat with them.

I think this project was really successful in changing my usual bad habits. I promise to continue doing this. It’s really for the better. Plus, I don’t want to get old with a huge stomach.