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Flip the switch on your alcohol consumption

Four tips to cut back and drink less

We know that cutting back on alcohol can be tough. What are your biggest challenges?

A powerful way to handle setbacks or threats to our motivation is to flip that switch! Adapting the way we think and talk about drinking less can change everything. Try these simple hacks to change the frame and change the game...

1. 'I am a non-drinker'

The way you identify yourself can really have an impact when you‘re working towards a healthier lifestyle. Rather than having to keep explaining that you’re cutting back, why not create a new identity altogether? Try saying “I don’t drink” or “I’m a non-drinker”. Talking in this way can give you a boost and help make healthier choices second nature, for good. 

2. Positive Challenge

Reducing how much we drink can be a big deal: it’s a lifestyle change after all. See if you can view it as a positive challenge, that you’re going to do something good for yourself rather than something that’s hard. You might be amazed how much a small change to your thinking can help. 

3. The Gain Frame

It’s easy to think about changing our alcohol habits with an air of loss: I’m ‘giving up drinking’ or ‘drinking less’. But think about all the things you’ll gain from cutting back: more energy, more money, more time to do other things, better mood, better decisions, better relationships, better sleep, clearer thinking, clearer skin, clearer conscience! … the list goes on. What’s your biggest gain? Remind yourself of this every time you feel like you’re missing out. 

4. Sober, not boring

back at those doubters with the simple statement: “I’m not boring; I’m sober”.

Give yourself a boost by reflecting on the things you like about yourself: write a list of all your positive traits and qualities and let your confidence to challenge the ‘boring’ label soar.

Check your consumption

Concerned you’re drinking too much? Register and take our short lifestyle assessment today to check your consumption. Try our Habit Hacker to discover tools to switch bad habits with healthy ones. 

Go-to apps to track your consumption include: DrinkawareTry Dry and Drink Free Days.

Whatever your reason, get started today by creating your My LiveWell Healthy Living Profile.

 

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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