Now party season is over, many of us will have had enough of drinking and will want to lay off the booze. This January Cancer Research UK have once again launched their Dryathalon campaign – where you can raise money by not drinking for the whole month, a win-win all round for health.
If you have signed up to ditch the drink, or you simply want to address your drinking habits this year – the following tips may be useful.
1. Mix up the way you socialise
If you and your friends usually socialise by sitting at the pub sinking pints, it may be time for a re-think. There are plenty of other activities you can do that don’t involve drinking – why not meet at a coffee shop or take a trip to your local museum? Doing this will keep you away from temptation and may even save you money!
2. Track your drinking
If you want to cut down on drinking rather than quit altogether, it may be worth tracking your drinking habits by keeping an alcohol diary. By doing this you should be able to spot any recurring habits and when you are most likely to drink. Spotting these patterns will help you avoid triggers or situations that could lead to excess drinking.
3. Think about the benefits
When you are struggling, try to remember why you are cutting down. As well as the obvious health benefits, for most people drinking less helps them have a clearer head, feel more energetic, lose weight and save money.
4. Bounce back from any slip-ups
If you do end up drinking too much one night, try not to think of it as a failure – think of it as an opportunity to learn. Look back and think about what led to the slip-up and come up with tactics to avoid the same thing happening again.
5. Embrace alcohol-free beverages
Take this opportunity to experiment with non-alcoholic drinks. Try fruit or herbal teas, mix up some fruit juices and get creative with soda water to keep things fun.