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How to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Are you past struggling to control your drinking? Are you fed up of the endless cycle of repeatedly quitting and going back to Day 1? You’re not alone.

Willpower has a 79% chance of failure (average abstinence rate of 21% after a year in 17 studies reviewed by Moyer and Finney (2002) ), and Hester and Miller (2003) found that peer-based 12-step alcohol treatment programs do not have a higher success rate than no treatment at all.

If you are at the point where “enough is enough” and you want professional help to stop drinking and save your life, and you are willing to do what it takes to be permanently clean and free, Mark Holmes and the Addiction Help Agency can help you start today.

Utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which has helped millions successfully quit drinking, Mark Holmes, trained CBT Therapist, YouTube’s Alcohol Quit Guru, and author of Holmes’s Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way available for only £22.01 in paperback on Amazon, created the 1:1:Live Online Complete CBT Cessation Course  (CCCC) precisely for people like you in your exact same situation. If they can quit easily and painlessly with the CCCC, why can’t you? What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Dr. Steven M. Melemis M.D., former Medical Inspector for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, writing in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (88) explains:

“Cognitive therapy is one of the main tools for changing people’s negative thinking and developing healthy coping skills [,]. The effectiveness of cognitive therapy in relapse prevention has been confirmed in numerous studies [].”

“This is a short list of the types of negative thinking that are obstacles to recovery and are topics for cognitive therapy []: 1) My problem is because of other people; 2) I don’t think I can handle life without using; 3) Maybe I can just use occasionally; 4) Life won’t be fun — I won’t be fun — without using; 5) I’m worried I will turn into someone I don’t like; 6) I can’t make all the necessary changes; I can’t change my friends; 7) I don’t want to abandon my family; 8) Recovery is too much work; 9) My cravings will be overwhelming; I won’t be able to resist them; 10) If I stop, I’ll only start up again; I have never finished anything; 11) No one has to know if I relapse; and 12) I’m worried I have been so damaged by my addiction that I won’t be able to recover.”

Do any of these obstacles resonate with you, too? Don’t you owe it to yourself to give yourself the best and most affordable professional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) help out there? Don’t you desire and deserve the best help you can afford?

Think about what you spend on alcohol per month, half it, half that again, and this course is probably still much cheaper. Which would you rather invest your money in, drinking alcohol or stopping drinking alcohol altogether, once and for all, without having to stand up and confess to the world your ‘sins’ or have any belief in a ‘higher power’.  Without mentioning the money you would save?

You know yourself, you can’t put a price on quality of life and peace of mind. They are priceless.

Think about what it would be like to have no urges or cravings for alcohol. To wake up every day fully rested after a good night’s sleep. Free from the stress of perpetual morning hangovers and having to face work and family feeling terrible each day.

The good news is:

  • You don’t have to suffer anymore.
  • You  can be free of the jail of alcohol.
  • You can start enjoying a new life today.

I know that sounds impossible to you right now.

My name is Mark Holmes. I am a former School Principal, a Master’s post-graduate of the University of London, England, and high-functioning alcoholic for over thirty years. It is totally wrong to believe the stereotype that alcoholics are unemployed, homeless and living in street doorways. On the contrary, they are like the hidden secret elite, according to Gallup:

PRINCETON, N.J. — Upper-income and highly educated Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol. Whereas eight in 10 adults in these socio-economic status groups say they drink, only about half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink.”

I have been where you are now. I couldn’t imagine twenty-four hours without drinking alcohol, never mind a weekend or holiday without alcohol. Alcohol was my best friend, my raison d’être, my reward and relief in life. I blog about my reasons for quitting here and you can find my  Crazy Sobriety Vlog on YouTube here. I have been there, bought the mug, bought the T-shirt and I know every excuse you’ve told yourself because I’ve told them all to myself for over three decades until I worked out how to quit permanently using CBT and wrote a book about it.

There comes a point when enough is enough. And it’s time to grab the bull by the horns, take back the control from alcohol, and commit to the positive action you need to deal with your addiction, like I did finally, after failing to quit time and time again any other way.

Holmes’s 1:1 Live Online Complete CBT Cessation Course is the Rolls-Royce of online Alcohol Addiction CBT treatment. It is not coaching. It is a twelve-week structured therapeutical programme involving a combination of an alcohol intake reduction and meditation development plan  and tools and techniques based on the latest scientific research to support permanent cessation. This scientific research states, “the main tools of relapse prevention are cognitive therapy and mind-body relaxation, which change negative thinking and develop healthy coping skills.”

What follows is how the programme works week-by-week, and at the end of this, if this is what you need, I hope you are convinced to book your place today and I’ll meet you online very soon.

What are you waiting for? Tomorrow starts today!

Good Luck

Mark Holmes M.A.
Alcohol Quit Guru


About Mark Holmes

Mark Holmes is a former International School Principal and high functioning alcoholic for over thirty years who spent years researching how to stop drinking which led to training as an Alcohol Addiction CBT Therapist and culminated in writing his method in Holmes's Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol. Holmes has a Master's degree from UCL, and is CEO and Founder of the Addiction Help Agency to help others achieve permanent sobriety painlessly without using willpower and without cravings.

Holmes’s 1:1 live online Complete CBT Cessation Course (CCCC)

From the comfort of your Couch!

Live one-on-one counseling with Mark Holmes M.A., YouTube’s Alcohol Quit Guru from the privacy and comfort of your own home via Zoom on Laptop, Tablet or Mobile. Video and/or Audio Available.

* Automated online calendar booking system

Week-to-Week Course Guide

  • 12 x 45 mins/week Live Online 1:1 sessions

  • Book in advance Online Automated Calendar

  • 24/7 Text Message Service*

  • Fully–researched & tested CBT course

    – NOT coaching

  • 30-day Money-Back Guarantee

  • Free 30-Minute Consultation

[*No direct calls outside appointments but messages responded to within 24 hours, seven days a week.]

Week 1

Introduction / Rationale / Self-Recording

  • Holmes will explain how the course works and what he did to succeed on it.
  • Holmes will ask you to commit to the program and you will both sign a Counseling Contract.
  • Holmes will review the results of your initial assessment and explain how your Peak and Daily BAC were calculated and Percentile Charts for population comparisons from his book.
  • Holmes will explain how to self-record using the templates from his book.
  • Holmes will discuss your preferred rate of achieving abstinence using tables from his book and you will select your ideal Intake Reduction and Meditation Development plan from his book.
  • Holmes will help you plan how to deal with any upcoming high-risk situations in which you may be tempted to drink and share strategies he used to cope with it in his book.

Week 2

Functional Analysis

  • To begin tracking your progress towards your goals
  • To analyse the chain of events that maintains your drinking

Holmes will help you analyse your patterns of alcohol consumption and explain how to record and rank urges and cravings (using the Weighted Urges methodology from his book) and plot these graphically. Holmes will also explain the Alcohol Chain of Behaviour from his book and how he constructed it from Negative Automatic Thoughts, Dysfunctional Rational and Irrational Intermediate Beliefs, and Core Beliefs using REBT and Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, described in his book, Holmes’s Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way

Week 3

High-Risk Hierarchy / Social Network Triggers / Self-Management Plans

  • To identify your high-risk situations and list them in order of difficulty
  • To identify heavy drinkers in your social network
  • To develop a plan for dealing with the triggers for your drinking

They say “Forewarned is forearmed” and this strategic session is tailor-made to prepare you, and give you the tools you need, for the challenges ahead, rather than repeatedly face them blind, which in the past may have led to inevitable relapses for even the strongest-willed. Many find Week 3 of the course a turning point in their journey to permanent sobriety.

Week 4

Enhancing Motivation to Change

  • To work out a self-management plan for triggers from your High-Risk Hierarchy
  • To think about your reasons for wanting to quit drinking
  • To start addressing negative short and long-term effects.

At this point, you will have a very clear idea whether the course is working for you and you are making progress towards your goals. But if you are not entirely satisfied for any reason, providing you have not failed a breathalyser test up to this point, you are entitled to use your 30-day full Money-Back Guarantee. Next week, you will probe deeper into  assessing any potential anxiety or depression issues.

Week 5

Assessing Anxiety and Depression / Dealing With Urges

  • To assess any anxiety or depression you may be experiencing.
  • To learn ways of coping with your urges and cravings to drink
  • To review the skills you have learned and the progress you have made up to this point and reinforce key learning objectives.

Week 6

Affect and Mood Management / Rearranging Behavioral Consequences

  • To learn how to cope with anxiety and depression 
  • To challenge negative thoughts
  • To practice relaxation
  • To learn how to let things go
  • To discover alternative activities that you can engage in instead of drinking
  • To learn ways of increasing the positive rewards of staying sober

Week 7: Connecting With Others / Dealing With Alcohol-Related Thoughts

  • To improve your social support for abstinence 
  • To learn to challenge and replace your dangerous thoughts about alcohol that lead to drinking

Week 8

Assertiveness Training / Drink Refusal

  • To learn how to be assertive

  • To practice drink refusal skills

Week 9

Anger Management Part I / Relapse Prevention Part I: Seemingly Irrelevant Decisions

  • To learn how to manage your anger
  • To start learning about relapses and how to avoid them by discussing the impact of seemingly irrelevant decisions on your drinking

Week 10

Anger Management Part II / Problem Solving / Relapse Prevention Part II

  • To use “time-outs” as an alternative response to anger triggers
  • To practice self-calming in preparation for problem solving
  • To learn how to problem solve effectively
  • To identify warning signs for relapse and devise plans for handling them when they come up

Week 11

Relapse Prevention Part III

  • To learn about slips and relapse
  • To learn ways of handling slips and relapses
  • To come up with a plan for handling slips and relapses

Week 12



  • To identify the skills you will continue to use to maintain your progress in the future
  • To create and sign a relapse contract

Achievement is a challenge. Compare this course with the greatest achievement of your life like graduating from University, nothing permanently worthwhile is gained without hard work and effort. You know that. As a former schoolteacher and college lecturer for twenty years, Holmes is well-practised in the rigours of course design and pedagogy, as well as an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and registered CBT therapist. If you have no doubts that this is the right course for you, and are “fed up of being fed up” of drinking, and want to commit to quitting once and for all, and know in your heart this is the best decision you’ll ever make, trust Mark Holmes, YouTube’s Alcohol Quit Guru, and click the button below now.


“I wasn’t sure I had a drinking problem, so why would I need help. I had a successful career and had quit drinking many times on my own using willpower. But eventually I got so sick and tired of being sick and tired of drinking, I’d had enough. That’s when I decided I needed help. This programme helped me understand why I kept on quitting. I haven’t had a drink since  and I have no desire or cravings to drink again. I highly recommend this programme.”

Tony C.

“Friendly but quite firm that no alcohol was permitted before a session, even though it was online. Drinking after a session was ok, which was a relief at first, but after week 3 or 4 I didn’t want to drink straight after anyway. You also have to do homework between sessions which is basically just recording when you want a drink and what you drink. I stopped drinking in Week 9 and never looked back. I still attended until week 12 which was helpful in adjusting to my almost literally new world. Thank you for everything.”

Emily A.

“I think the reasons women drink and men drink are totally different. Some of the quit lit books by men don’t understand that. My drinking had nothing to do with keeping up with the lads in the pub, it was more an emotional thing, and CBT [Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy] helped me understand where my thoughts and feelings came from. This programme not only stopped me drinking, but changed my outlook and I feel calmer, happier and more positive. Thank you so much.”

Stephanie P.

Price: £1500 ($2050)




You may drink during this programme, but not 12 hours before, or during, the session, only after. You agree to give yourself a breathalyser test online on zoom  at the start of every session, in front of your therapist. If this is failed, the session is cancelled, the money-back guarantee is voided, and the session needs to be rebooked at the client’s additional cost of £150 for the cancelled session before being permitted to take the remaining pre-paid sessions in the course.

The money-back guarantee applies for 30-days from the date of booking the programme.

Payment must be made in advance for the twelve weeks to ensure commitment to the full programme. Although the fee may be waivered or reduced if you are in financial hardship on receipt of income and bank statements, email:

You will need a Mini-Breathalyser  to confirm you have not been drinking in the last 12 hours at the start of each session but these can be obtained for as little as $15/£10 on Amazon.

This programme also involves self-monitoring in your journal but this only takes a few minutes a day.  I don’t want to put you off, but this course requires commitment and is highly specialised Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is not for everyone, and is definitely Not coaching.

If you are looking for a Coaching-style, rather than specialised therapeutic solution, there are many out there but beware get-dry-quick schemes which may be cheaper, because if they don’t work, you may relapse only to find you need a professional therapeutic solution after all and have to pay out again. In the end, there is no shortcut for doing “the work”, whichever course you choose, but we believe our method is easier and more effective than any alternative.

Finally, Holmes’s 1:1 CCCC requires no belief in a higher power, or requirement to attend any public group meetings or make any public confession and does not accord with the principles or steps of the twelve-step programme as described in detail in Holmes’s book.


To coincide with the launch of Holmes’s Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way ( Ebook $6)
on 1 September 2021, and “Sober October” 2021 we are offering
Holmes’s 1:1 Complete CBT Cessation Course (CCCC) 12-Weeks
for less than HALF-PRICE!!!


NOW ONLY: £600 GBP / $820 USD 

(Equivalent to only £50 GBP or £69 USD per session)



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If you are not ready to book the 12-Week CCCC yet,

you have nothing to lose by booking a FREE 30-minute consultation,

with no obligation, by clicking the button below, or call direct on 07596 33 5734.

If you are interested in CBT Alcohol Cessation therapy but do not have the time to commit for twelve weeks and/or prefer an intensive day’s group course, you can book a place on the Complete Stop Drinking Seminar. You can find out more about this by clicking the button below.  

If you’re still not sure whether you need one-on-one or group therapy, you can buy Holmes’s book first, “Holmes’s Complete Guide To Stop Drinking Alcohol; The Easy, Mindful and Pain-free Way”, which works for many people, but if you need more help, we will discount the cost of the book from the price of the course after you book it, if you send your proof of purchase by email to: .

The book will also give you a greater understanding of CBT and the techniques involved on the course if you want to try it later. It is win-win!

You can buy Holmes’s book in Paperback for $21.99 and Ebook for $6 at Amazon by clicking the button below.

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