Why cut down?
Ever put your recycling out and wondered how you managed to get through so many bottles of wine and beer in only a week? Suffered from one too many mid-week hangovers at work? Or have you calculated how much you are drinking and now want to cut down? These are just some of the benefits that await you:
- Better quality sleep with fewer ‘middle of the night’ disturbances
- More energy
- Lose weight – alcohol is packed with calories and you will be less likely to eat unhealthy food
- No hangovers – say goodbye to the splitting headache the morning after
- Reduced risk of injury through accidents
- Stay healthier for longer – drinking less reduces the risk of developing long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart and liver disease
- Improved mood
- Improved relationships
- Better performance at work
- Less likely to get in trouble with the law - for example, by drink driving or acting uncharacteristically in public
- Save money – the more you drink, the more you spend
- Cutting down can free up that extra money to pursue a new hobby or pay for a home improvement
How to cut down
Despite the negative health implications associated with alcohol, there's often no need to completely stop drinking it. Keeping your drinking within the suggested guidelines can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your alcohol intake gradually is often something you're more likely to stick to, instead of cutting it out all together.
- Know what you’re buying - check the Alcohol By Volume (ABV) on a bottle before buying it so look out for lower alcohol alternatives
- Buy an alcohol measure - be sure you know how much you're drinking when you pour home-based spirits. It will also ensure your favourite drinks taste exactly the same as they do at the bar.
- Beware of large rounds - they can make you drink quicker than you usually would. Stay in control and save cash by opting for smaller rounds with just a couple of friends, or avoid them all together.
- Bored or stressed - get active instead of drinking.
- Set a limit - when you do drink, set yourself a limit and stick to it.
- Quench your thirst - try and have some non-alcoholic drinks before and in between your alcoholic ones.