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Is Drinking Less One Of Your New Year Resolutions?

Each New Year offers an exciting opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, which is why we all look forward to it.

No matter what your goals are for the coming year or how many New Year’s resolutions you plan on making for 2020, It would be disappointing if some of us are not considering swearing off alcohol, or at least scaling down drinking, as a New Year’s resolution. We must acknowledge that some folks drink way too much.

So here we are unveiling some tips for people who want to scale down their drinking habit in 2020.

Keep Record 

One of the simplest ways to cut back is to keep a record of how much you’re drinking. There are indeed a myriad of ways to do that. You can print a drink tracker card and keep it in your wallet. There are also a number of apps available to help you keep track of your alcohol intake. Acknowledging how much you’ve had to consume will help you slow things down when you have to.

Keeping Count 

Alcoholic beverages are available in a variety of sizes. Knowing the standard size of your drinks can help you count your drinks more precisely, especially at home. It might be a little harder to measure the size of a drink if you’re out, particularly with mixed drinks, because you might get more alcohol than you thought. Often, only reminding your server not to top off a partially filled glass with wine or beer will help.

Setting the Objectives 

Pick and chose how many days a week you want to have a drink and how many alcoholic beverages you should have in those days. Some suggest that not more than four drinks a day for men and three drinks a day for women and not more than 14 drinks per week for men and seven drinks per week for women is defined as low-risk drinking. This may be high for some. You must decide what is good for you. It pays to err on the side of less.

Pace and Space 

Take your own pace when you drink. There’s no need to hurry after all. Sip slowly and drink no more than one standard drink per hour. Additionally, making every other drink a non-alcoholic one will help.

Food 

Never drink on your empty belly. Getting any food in your body would mean that alcohol is more steadily absorbed into your bloodstream. It’s also going to help fend off a bad hangover.

Avoid Peer Pressure 

There are certain people or places that make you feel like you just need a drink. Well, avoid them and instead plan to do something else.

 Handle Urges 

Sometimes situations are unavoidable, particularly at work. If you can’t avoid it, there are a couple of things you can do to help avoid drinking more. Getting involved in a healthy and relaxing activity, such as exercise or any hobby that doesn’t involve drinking, will help. Talking about things with someone you trust can also help.

Know When To Say No 

There will be moments when you’re given a drink when you don’t want one; having a compelling and friendly “NO” will makes you less likely to take a drink.

Small changes could make a significant difference. If one strategy doesn’t work, try another one. Find out what works best for you and keep up with that regimen. Another tried and tested method is to use the money that you would normally spend on alcohol for something else.

If you have not made any progress in cutting back after two or three months, we recommend that you consider quitting entirely, seeking professional help or both.

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