How To Reduce Your Alcohol Use

It seems like no-one can really make up their mind alcohol. On the one hand, virtually everyone has woken up and said “I’m never drinking again” at some stage after a night where too many drinks were drunk. But then Friday rolls around, and it doesn’t take make convincing to put a glass of beer or wine in their hand. Still, the year twenty-eighteen was the year when we learned that, despite what we've been told previously, the best option for your health is a lifestyle that doesn’t contain alcohol. That’s a lot to ask for some people - it’s a better option to reduce the intake. But even this can be difficult. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested tips for getting a handle on your drinking habits.

Stay Social

You’re not going to stick with a month or so of no alcohol if you’re cutting out everything that’s fun in your life, such as socializing. The important thing is not to make such a big connection between fun and having an alcoholic drink in your hand. It might sound crazy at first, but it is possible to visit a bar or spend a couple of hours with your friends without drinking alcohol. Break the link in your mind between alcohol and fun, and everything will be much easier.

Get Help

Some people find it more difficult to get a grip on their drinking. It’s a bigger part of their lifestyle than they realized, and they don’t know how to cut down the intake. If you’re in this position, it’s important to remember that there is help available. You can read books about how to give up alcohol, or talk with friends and family members about your problems. If you’d rather keep things private, then take a look at the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab costs, and pick the one that’s right for you. It’s much easier to overcome problems when you have the support of other people.

Understand the Benefits

If you’re a moderate drinker, rather than a heavy drinker, then you might think that the benefits of reducing your drinking don’t really apply to you. This is not the case. Even if you’re only having a few alcohol drinks at a time, you’ll see the benefits of cutting down, or giving up completely. Within a few weeks of no alcohol, you’ll have more energy, better skin, and your mind will be sharper. Try it, and see for yourself.

Ten Minutes of Strength

The feeling that tells you that you “need” a beer or glass of wine is pretty weak. It passes in a few minutes. But you do have to make it through those minutes. It’ll depend on the time of the day or week you associate with drinking. It might be Friday evening, or a Sunday evening, or whatever. If you can make it through the ten minutes of feeling “a drink would be nice,” you’ll probably make it through the entire night!

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