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“How do you manage to abstain from alcohol and you work in the hospitality industry?” a question I get asked everyday. Working in the hospitality industry, where alcohol flows freely, can present a unique set of challenges for anyone trying to quit drinking.
However, it’s not impossible. In this blog post, we will explore my personal journey of how I managed to quit alcohol while working in this demanding field. I’ll also share some practical tips on resisting temptation in a profession where alcohol is a central part of the job.
My Journey to Quitting Alcohol
- Recognizing the Problem
The first step towards quitting any addiction is acknowledging that you have a problem. Working in an environment where alcohol is readily available can make it easier to deny or downplay the issue. However, it’s crucial to confront the reality of your situation. Attending meetings when suffering a hangover and missing work with lame excuses was beyond acceptable to oneself.
- Seeking Support
Quitting alcohol is challenging, and you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to friends, family, or a support group. Sharing your struggles and goals with others who understand can provide a strong support system. Therapy played a huge role in my journey. I also placed money bets with my partner and it worked, which was, “if you see me drinking, I owe you Ksh 5,000.” Sounds crazy but this worked, hahaha.
- Setting Clear Goals
Establish specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for your journey to sobriety. Having a clear roadmap helps you stay focused and motivated. Quoting does not happen overnight, I first went upcountry for two weeks where alcohol was not on my sight, this made it easier.
Resisting Temptation in the Hospitality Industry
- Communicate Your Intentions
Let your coworkers know about your decision to quit alcohol. This can help them understand and respect your choices, reducing the pressure to drink. Clients will also offer to buy you a drink but I stand firm with my NO.
- Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, helped me manage stress and cravings. Taking a few moments throughout my shift to center myself and stay focused on your sobriety. I use YouTube guided meditation/breathing exercises.
- Stay Busy
Idle time can be a temptation. Keep yourself occupied during breaks or slow periods to prevent your mind from wandering towards alcohol. Engage in hobbies or activities that keep you motivated. I enjoy writing or journaling on my free time.
- Build a Supportive Network
Connect with colleagues who support your decision to quit alcohol. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can make it easier to resist temptation.
- Have an Exit Strategy
If you find yourself in a situation where temptation is overwhelming, have a plan to leave the environment. Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself if necessary; your sobriety should always come first.
Seeking Professional help by speaking to a therapist who specializes in addiction really helped me. I was provided tailored strategies to help me cope with the unique challenges of quitting alcohol in the hospitality industry.
Quitting alcohol while working in the hospitality industry is undoubtedly challenging, but it’s entirely possible with determination, support, and the right strategies. Remember that your health and well-being should always be the top priority, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed. By following these tips and staying committed to your goal, you can successfully break free from alcohol’s grip and thrive in your profession. Thank you so much for being here.