For many adults socialising is often accompanied by alcohol – going for a quick beer with a friend to catch up, boozy lunches at work and flowing wine at dinner parties are all scenes we recognise. Most people do not drink with the intention of harming themselves (or others), but even this kind of social drinking can damage your health – especially if you have trouble knowing when to stop.
The truth is, because alcohol is legal many of us don’t believe it can do any real damage if enjoyed recreationally. But you do not have to be addicted to alcohol for it to have a severe impact on your health. By learning to drink in moderation and knowing when to stop, you can enjoy socialising without abusing the substance.
Create a plan for cutting back
If you think you could benefit from cutting back on alcohol, the following tips could help:
- Monitor your intake – often we do not keep track of what we’re drinking on a night out, but by simply keeping note of what we’re consuming and sticking to a previously determined amount can help you to be more aware.
- Enlist your friends and family – sometimes certain social circles encourage excessive drinking, be sure to tell your friends and family about your plan to cut down and ask for their support. Any true friends will be happy you are looking after your health.
- Stay hydrated – alternate your alcohol with water to keep yourself hydrated and be sure to eat a good meal before heading out (drinking on an empty stomach can lead to quicker alcohol absorption).
- Focus on the perks of not drinking – whether it’s not feeling hungover, losing weight, having more energy or even just getting better quality sleep – make sure you write down all the benefits you’ll get to enjoy by drinking less and post it somewhere you can look at daily. This will serve as a helpful reminder to keep you on track.
If you think your alcohol consumption is becoming a problem, it may help you to see a hypnotherapist who can help you break habits and change your attitude to alcohol. For more information, please see our Alcohol Abuse page.
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