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Tips for Cutting Down on Alcohol Consumption

If the amount of alcohol you drink exceeds the recommended guidelines then you are at risk of developing alcohol-related problems.

Cutting down or moderating your alcohol consumption is the only way you are going to reduce the chances of developing any alcohol-related health issues, so here are a few tips to help get you started:

SET A REALISTIC GOAL

Setting a realistic goal of how many drinks you want to cut down each week is a great way of monitoring your alcohol intake and tracking your progress each week. Writing down your goals can help remind you that you want to limit your drinking and you will be much more likely to stick to your target if you can visibly see it.

SPACE YOUR DRINKS

Another tip for cutting down your alcohol intake is to use drink spacers, where you drink a non-alcoholic drink between drinks containing alcohol. You could choose water, juice or any other low-calorie beverage to slow down your alcohol consumption. No matter how much you drink, it is always best to drink plenty of water along with your alcoholic drinks as alcohol can make you severely dehydrated.

AVOID YOUR TRIGGERS

Whether you are cutting down your alcohol intake, or quitting drinking for good, it is important to avoid the situations where you are more likely to drink. Many different places, things and even people can be triggers that give you the urge to have a drink. If you avoid these triggers, or turn the triggers you associate with drinking into alternative things, you are a lot less likely to drink alcohol at times you usually would.

REMEBERING TO EAT IS IMPORTANT

You may find that eating food will reduce your cravings for alcohol, and although this is not true for all drinkers, it is always best to try eating something (with low calorie content) before reaching for a drink. Eating a meal at times you would usually drink may help you drink less and help you to feel less like you need a drink.

FIND MORE PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME

If drinking has become such a big part of your life, try substituting drinking with other activities that can be beneficial to your health. Take up a hobby, find a sport or exercise you love, make new friends and spend time with your family. Finding something that you enjoy will occupy the time that you would usually be drinking, and you’ll feel so much better as a result.

When you find yourself cutting down the amount you drink, you’ll start to notice a whole range of health benefits of cutting down alcohol. Not only will you start to feel a lot better in yourself, but your body will start to recover from the damage that has been caused from excessive consumption. If you or someone you know is looking to cut down how much alcohol they drink, have a chat with one of the LiveWell Dorset team today for friendly help and guidance on where to start.

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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