Changes in your Diet and Lifestyle Don’t Have to Be Extreme to Avoid a Second DUI
Being convicted of a DUI is a sobering reality. You may have lost your license or now have a restricted license. You might also be in the process of paying heavy fines or completing community service. After serving your sentence, the last thing you want is a second DUI. The penalties and the fines are more severe than the first one and jail time could be mandatory depending on the situation. So, what can you do?
After receiving a first DUI, it would seem obvious what needs to happen to avoid a second one. Don’t drink and drive. However, with all the stresses that modern society offers it can be difficult for many Americans to change their lifestyle to less or no alcohol. But taking that step could be the difference between getting a second DUI or enjoying your freedom.
Lifestyle Changes to Help Avoid a Second DUI
If you have decided to reduce or abstain from drinking, here are a few tips that will help you stick to your decision.
1. Establish a Healthy Diet or Eating Routine
It is critical for anyone shifting away from excessive alcohol and drug use to establish a good eating routine. Not only should you begin eating healthier, but you should be eating on a regular schedule. This will help build up the bodies natural defenses that have been eroded.
Many Americans that abuse alcohol or drugs struggle with depression or anxiety, especially when they are quitting. As a result of this extra stress, many people are more likely to return to their previous drinking habits. According to the U.S. News and World Report, following a healthy diet can help mitigate this stress and reduce mood swings that would otherwise cause users to relapse.
2. Avoid Sugar
When you drink alcohol, your body converts alcohol into sugar and it causes your blood sugar levels to spike. When alcoholics quit drinking, their blood sugar crashes, and they begin to crave sugary snacks and treats. This will help alleviate some stress, but only temporarily. It is important to remember during this transition that low blood sugar can cause mood swings, depression, and anxiety, which is a gateway back to your former lifestyle.
3. Take Vitamins and Minerals
Often alcoholics and drug users are severely malnourished as a result of poor eating habits. In addition to changing your diet and eating habits, consider taking vitamins and minerals to help maintain healthy neurological functions and stave off depression and anxiety.
4. Set a Drinking Goal
Taking the time to write out your drinking goals is one of the best ways to curtail or eliminate your drinking. Write down, not only your reasons for reducing your alcohol intake, but how low you would like to reduce your consumption. You could set a goal of three drinks a day on Saturday and Sunday with a total of five drinks all weekend at the beginning of the year. Three months later, you could work toward reducing this further with only two drinks on Saturday and Sunday and a total of three all weekend.
5. Don’t Keep Alcohol in Your House
Removing temptation is the easiest way to avoid a Second DUI. By not having alcohol in your home you can severely limit your intake or eliminate it altogether. The same goes for just avoiding establishments that serve alcohol.
6. Choose Alcohol and Drug-Free Days
This is a conscious decision you must make, but taking a break is a great way to start drinking less. Taking a week or a month off from drinking will let you know how you can handle the physical and emotional changes associated with quitting.
7. Join a Support Group
Accountability is the number one reason that many former alcoholics and drug addicts have cited for successfully quitting. Whether you join an official group like NA or AA, or you commit to sobriety using the help of a family member or friend, it’s important to make sure someone else knows your goals and reasons for wanting to be a better you.
8. Stay Busy and Be Persistent
Having idle time gives your mind a chance to wander and recollect what life used to be like. This could have you slip backward into depression, anxiety, and ultimately drug and alcohol use. Take a walk, join a sports team, watch a movie, play an instrument, or hang out with your children. Any of these activities and more will make great strides to achieving your new drinking goals. Focusing on them will help you from focusing on a lack of alcohol or drugs.
Persistence is the final key to maintaining your new self. You may slip and it isn’t always going to be easy making such large lifestyle changes. However, if you stick with it your chances of getting a Second DUI or any other drinking or drug-related charges will be significantly decreased.
Jesse Kalter is Ready to Defend Your Rights Against a Second DUI or Third DUI
Adhering to these tips does not ensure you will never get a DUI again. Accidents do happen and life can get the better of you. If you have been arrested for a second DUI or even a third DUI, help is available. Jesse Kalter has the knowledge and experience to fight for your freedom. His fervent pursuit of justice has earned his client’s numerous not-guilty verdicts an he has gotten countless cases dismissed altogether or reduced. He is available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.
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