Feel the positive ripple effects of cutting back on alcohol by using some, or all, of these practical tips.
A standard drink is often less than you think. You can learn more about standard drinks here.
It can be helpful to set a goal and make a plan before you decide to reduce the amount you drink. Having a plan will help you stay on track and measure the benefits of cutting back.
Your plan might be to have more alcohol-free days or to have less alcohol when you drink. To help with your plan, think about:
Sharing your goals with close family members and friends can also help you achieve them.
To avoid situations where people around you encourage you to drink, it can be helpful to have a planned response.
You might be confident enough to simply say:
Other options include:
Keep in mind that your friends or family members might also want to cut back or give up drinking. Always ask if others want to have an alcoholic drink before offering it to them, and make sure you have alcohol-free alternatives on hand.
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