0800 840 1628 • Monday - Friday 9am - 6:30pm

Contact Us

Binning the Beers

Mark's story

What motivates you to cut back? Mark shares his story on pledging to drink less.

"I didn’t see a problem"

“I knew I needed to make a change when my girlfriend said she was concerned about how often I was drinking. It wasn’t that I was drinking loads, but the habit had crept up on me a bit. Having a beer was my daily reward for working hard; a celebration that I’d lived another day. Because I’d usually only have one or two I didn’t see a problem.

I started to see things differently when questioned on whether I could go without if challenged to: if not, then something could be very wrong!

"I fell into a habit of regular drinking"

The more I thought about it, the more I realised that regular drinking was just a habit I’d fallen into. Beyond that it didn’t serve much of a purpose, aside from the fact that I like the taste of a good craft beer. I would make excuses to have a pint: it's been a tough day; I’ve achieved x; someone I know and want to chat to will be at the pub. When I asked myself “how often does someone actually invite me out for a drink?”, the answer was “very rarely”.

Reasons to not  drink

Then I started thinking about the reasons to not drink. Top of the list was saving money: those craft beers aren't cheap, and the cost soon adds up. I made a mental list of all the other things I could spend that money on, and my motivation to cut down hit the roof!

I wanted to ease the worries my girlfriend had and realised our relationship could be better if I didn’t drink as often. She doesn’t like to drink as it makes her feel poorly, so I made a point of deciding to not drink alcohol when we’re out together. We both have a better time.

Tracking my savings

Every time I would have normally gone for a pint and choose not to, I put a fiver in a jar at home. That way, I can see the benefit of drinking less, and keep dreaming of the clothes, trainers and weekends away those extra pennies will buy!

I still enjoy the odd beer but am saying no more often and feeling good for it so far.”

You too?

What’s your motivation to cut down? To save money? To improve relationships? To better your sleep? Perhaps you want to cut calories and lose weight; to kick the hangovers or improve your health? Find out if you're drinking within recommended guidelines

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.

Your Favourites?

or register, to favourite activities that you want to try.


Is this the first time that you've used our services, or have you already registered with us? To allow us to best serve you, please confirm whether you're new to LiveWell Dorset, or if you've spoken to us before and may have an existing account.

Welcome back, it's good to hear from you again!

To speak to one of our dedicated team and get the help you require please request a call back. All call backs from this service are free of charge to both landlines and mobile.

Request a Call Back

Do you provide your consent to share your information with the LiveWell Dorset team – part of Public Health Dorset ?

When you register with LiveWell Dorset, we ask you some questions about you and your health (how much you smoke, how active you are, how much you drink and how much you weigh). We store that information and use it to shape our service offer to you – such as the advice we give or the extra services we connect you to. The only people who will see this information will be those involved in the delivery of the service and management of the data. If you would like to use extra services (such as slimming clubs and pharmacies) we have to share this information with them. For us to be able to put you in touch with these services, we must have your consent to share that information with the service (we’ll ask for that later, when if you sign up for extra services).

Before we can sign you up any further, we need to know:

  • You're happy for your personal information to be shared with LiveWell Dorset.
  • You understand what information may be shared and why, and that at times, our contact to you may be supported by technology partners, who have the same data protection standards and safeguards as we do
  • You acknowledge that you can withdraw your consent at any time by informing LiveWell Dorset.
  • You understand that if you do not give consent or withdraw consent then it could be difficult for us to connect you some of the services we offer.

If you require any more information to help you make your choice then please contact the LiveWell Dorset team on 0800 840 1628. All telephone conversations at LiveWell Dorset are recorded for quality and training purposes, and stored whilst you are registered as active within the service.

Yes I consent

Sorry we can't continue at the moment

Unfortunately we need your permission to store your personal information to help us to assess the best support we could provide or signpost you to. If at any stage you change your mind and are happy to provide your personal information please come back and visit us again.