Don't keep alcohol in your house.
It's also important to keep alcohol out of your house. If you don't want to drink, then don't have any in your home.
Alcohol is a drug and can be addictive. It’s easy to get addicted to alcohol if you are not careful, so it’s best not to be close by if you do not wish to drink regularly.
Take it one day at a time.
It’s important to take it one day at a time. If you think about the whole week, it can be daunting. If you think about the whole month, it can also seem impossible. And if you think about the whole year, well... you get the idea! Don’t use up all your willpower in one go by thinking of unrealistic time frames or goals. Instead, focus on doing your best today and then repeat until you reach your goal of cutting back on alcohol consumption.
Drink slowly and try to drink with food.
Drink slowly. Alcohol is absorbed into your system quickly, so it's important to give yourself time between drinks. You don't want to drink so fast that you end up feeling drunk before you know it.
The liver processes alcohol in the body through a process called metabolism, which creates energy and heat in the body. When we eat food, this process slows down because our bodies are busy breaking down nutrients from our meals instead of dealing with alcohol molecules floating around in our bloodstream (and brains). This helps prevent overstimulation of certain brain areas associated with pleasure—namely dopamine centers—which can make us feel high on life when we get too excited or "hyped up." This can also help keep your feet from stumbling through every sentence you say at dinner parties if you're having trouble keeping them still because your brain has become addicted/dependent on being buzzed by alcohol!
So go ahead: have another glass of wine tonight after dinner... but maybe skip dessert first?
Don't pressure people to drink with you - and don't let others pressure you either.
Don't pressure people to drink with you - and don't let others pressure you, either.
If someone is pressuring you to drink, don't be afraid to say no. You have absolutely no obligation whatsoever to drink if it's not your thing. And if someone else pressures or guilts you into drinking more than what feels comfortable for you, remember that they're the ones being inappropriate; don't feel bad about yourself or regret saying no!
Drink water between alcoholic drinks.
If you drink alcohol, drink water in between or instead.
Drinking water helps you stay hydrated and can help you feel fuller faster. This can be especially helpful if you're worried about feeling hungry after drinking alcohol, or if there's food present at the party that would go well with a drink. Water can also help prevent a hangover, which makes it easier to avoid making bad decisions as well as feel less awful the next morning!
Avoid situations that are likely to encourage drinking.
You can avoid situations that are likely to encourage drinking by:
- Avoiding friends who drink too much.
- Not going to bars or parties where you know alcohol will be available.
- Not going to places that serve alcohol, like restaurants and sporting events (even if they don't have a reputation for serving). You may have seen this effect in action at weddings where the bride's parents or grandparents give speeches praising her grandfather for his ability to hold his liquor. They might even say something like, "We knew we had a good man when he was able to hold his liquor." This means they were proud of him because he could drink more than anyone else at the wedding—not because it made him an exemplary person!
You can quit drinking or cut back by making small changes in your life.
Making small changes in your life will help you quit drinking or cut back. Simple changes such as drinking a glass of wine rather than two or replacing a cocktail with sparkling wine can make a significant difference in the water. You might want to try cutting out alcohol completely for a week or two before you decide that's the right decision for you.
If you're trying to cut back on how much alcohol you drink, start off with one fewer drink per day than usual. If this is too difficult, then start off by switching from beer or wine to spirits (which are usually stronger than beer or wine).
For example: Instead of having three glasses of wine per night: switch from 3 glasses of wine/night; 2 bottles of beer (or 1 bottle if it's strong); 5 shots; 2 mixed drinks
If you are struggling with alcohol, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor or another trusted health professional. They can help you find the right treatment options for your specific needs.
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