Lifestyle Changes to Manage Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Lifestyle changes will need to be made to manage AUD. Some examples are:

  • Developing coping methods to avoid drinking when difficult situations happen
  • Learning stress reduction or relaxation techniques
  • Exercising regularly
  • Asking friends and family members for support
  • Finding ways to stay social without alcohol
  • Not going to places where alcohol is served
  • Keeping alcohol out of your home and office
  • Making new friends who do not drink alcohol

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
Drink alcohol only in moderation. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website. Available at: https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/heart-health/drink-alcohol-only-in-moderation#take-action. Accessed September 3, 2020.
Self-help strategies for quitting drinking. Rethinking Drinking website. Available at: https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/Thinking-about-a-change/Support-for-quitting/Self-Help-Strategies-For-Quitting.aspx. Accessed September 3, 2020.
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 2/19/2021

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