Overcoming something you’ve grown accustomed to is never easy. Cutting off the alcohol from your life isn’t simply closing a bottle and hiding it in your drawer. It’s closing a bottle and hiding it, then spending hours standing by your drawer, craving and itching for a specific drink. You reassure yourself that maybe one sip will do. So, you give in, only to find yourself, moments later, with an empty bottle in front of you and regret weighing you down.

Indeed, stopping oneself from drinking can be especially difficult. Whether you simply want to adjust your alcohol consumption to a healthier amount or quit drinking altogether, here are some guidelines to help you get started with your journey.