Tips on cutting down on your alcohol intake:
Make a plan
To start of easier, rather than jumping straight into it, you can set a plan for the week so you can ease yourself into drinking less. So at the start of each week, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink and try to stick to it.
Set a budget
Rather than going out with your credit/debit card, where you wont have a certain limit on spending, take cash instead so you only have Only what you take out and no more. Having a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol will help to keep you from buying more than you need.
Take it a day at a time
Rather than diving deep and going straight for it, why don’t you cut back a little each day, instead of cutting it out of your routine/lifestyle altogether. That way, every day you do is a success. You can still enjoy a drink, but why don’t you opt for smaller sizes instead. Try bottled beer rather than pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Benefits of cutting down
The immediate effects of cutting down on your alcohol intake include:
- feeling better in the mornings
- being less tired during the day
- better looking skin
- feeling more energetic
- better weight management
Long-term benefits include:
There’s a strong link between heavy drinking/drinking a lot and depression. Hangovers often make you feel anxious and low, and if you already feel anxious or sad, drinking can make this worse, so cutting down may put you in a better mood generally.
Drinking can affect your sleep. It can disrupt your sleep patterns and stop you sleeping deeply. So cutting down on alcohol should help you feel more rested when you wake up.
If you’re taking part in Dry January, we hope you’re finding it an enjoyable experience and that you’ll see/feel the benefits of it afterwards. Keep up the good work!
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