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How long does it take to stop drinking? [Vlog #17]

by | Aug 20, 2021 | Vlog

If you want to know how long it takes to stop drinking alcohol, Mark Holmes, Alcohol Quit Guru, explains why you need time to stop drinking and how long it finally took him to stop with a shocking twist in the tail.

Good morning and welcome to the Crazy Sobriety Vlog and today’s question is, Why I need time to stop drinking?

It comes back to the point you do need time.

You’re probably going to quit several times before you finally stop drinking. And you’re probably going to have to quit in all the wrong ways, like with “Quit in X number of days” books, giving false hope or false dreams, because you almost have to suffer the hard way; You have to learn from your mistakes about quitting.That’s irritating to me because I just feel it’s such a shame, because why can’t you do it right the first time?


Why don’t you put the prep in if you know for a fact that you need to stop drinking alcohol and do it properly.

1. Read a good book (like mine, “Holmes’s Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol“).

2. Get the resources.

3. Get your thinking right.

4. Get your your strategy together.


Don’t muck around with this “few days here, few days there” without any plan of how you’re going to move forward after that. There are people in America to whom judges sometimes say, “you’ve got an enforced detox after your DUI.”

And people go on this chemical medical detox, for a few days, so they’ve got no alcohol in their system. And then what? Then they want a drink because they haven’t done anything about their thinking about alcohol and they haven’t got any plans or preparation for the real world.

And what do most rehab clinics say? “Join the 12 step programme and believe in a higher power.”

So you’ve got a choice here, either get wrecked every night or believe in a higher power?

Now what happens if you don’t believe in a higher power.  I believe in a higher power. But what happens if you don’t ? That’s why my book has got nothing to do with a higher power.


It’s a very straightforward rational book based on research with over 300 academic references, because I want you to see the evidence for yourself, so you can look it up.

So you can say, “right, that’s what he says the evidence is, I’m going to do that search. There’s a link. I’m going to search that up on the internet and check.”

So that’s what I want you to do because I want you to have the facts.

I don’t want you to waste your time like I did for thirty years. Do you want to be drinking for thirty years and let it get to such a stage like I did?

You need to think about things. You need to think about alcohol carefully. You need to get the facts. And you need the time to do that.

Hopefully it’s not enough time to hang yourself, like maybe it was for me.

Food for thought.


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Mark Holmes MA is CEO and Founder of the Addiction Help Agency Ltd., to help others achieve permanent sobriety painlessly without using willpower and without cravings.

Holmes is a former School Counsellor, and qualified teacher, and high functioning alcoholic for over thirty years who spent years researching how to stop drinking which led to training as a CBT Therapist and culminated in writing his unique CBT and mindfulness method of alcohol cessation in "Holmes's Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way" available online and from all good retailers.

Holmes has a Master's degree from UCL, and is a registered CBT Therapist at NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, and abides by their professional standards and ethics.

Holmes offers one-to-one online counselling HERE internationally.

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