Keen to drink less alcohol? Try following these top tips on how to cut down.
DO I NEED TO CUT DOWN?
The Government guidelines advise that it’s safest for both men and women not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
Following these guidelines can help you keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level.
SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU CUT DOWN
If you’d like to cut down, try following these top tips:
- Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
- Set a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
- Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
- Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
- Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try drinking a half instead of a full pint, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
- Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle. Or if you’re drinking spirits, pour the mixer all the way to the top of your glass.
- Stay hydrated
Drink a pint of water before you start drinking, and don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst. Have a soft drink instead.
- Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.