How do I stop using alcohol as my main/only source of relaxation and recreation?
Also, is there a way to stop being excessively talkative? I literally never shut the fuck up.
stop purchasing alcohol?
learn to listen. i have a friend that never shuts the fuck up. i can't get a word in, always interrupts. he catches himself interrupting me and apologizes and says "i really need to work on that, sorry man." it's fucking annoying. if you just want to jerk off to your own voice then make a vlog or something.
That bird is cute as hell.
Maybe try and ask direct questions? "How do you feel about that". Then listen.
Maybe people like to listen to you? I'm a listener and I love it when the other is more talkative.
You need to substitute another activity or hobby whenever you feel like drinking alcohol. Whenever you get the urge to drink, just go do your other hobby until the urge goes away.
If you don't know what other hobby to start, try carpentry.
What expression do people have when they're listening to you? Does it feel like they want to desperately get away? Are they following what you're saying and giving input every now and then?
I don't know how to read facial expressions that good. I'm mildly autistic. Hell, I have a few cousins I can only tell apart by the tattoos.
Is it socially acceptable to ask that? Would they tell me the truth?
Ah, that makes it harder then. Most people can tell from social cues what a person really means but it's hard if you can't do that.
I don't know, man. You might need to look at a specific conversation guide for autistic people.