Drinking too much alcohol has many negative impacts. Physically it adversely affects nutritional health as well as causing potential liver problems, damage to the nervous system and increasing the risk of some cancers. It also contributes to a whole host of other health problems. Drinking too much can also affect our social and family lives, as well as our ability to function well at work. Follow these tips on how to drink less alcohol if your consumption is too high.
Avoid situations where you would usually drink, or where drinking is likely to be encouraged. Attending business lunches and going to parties socially may put unnecessary temptation in your way when you are trying to cut down.
Set yourself targets for the day. Decide if you will drink at all and, if so, how much you will allow yourself to drink. Planning your alcohol consumption will help to prevent you being reckless later on. Making instant choices about whether you are going to drink, and how much, can lead to bad decision-making. You may choose to cut your alcohol intake slowly, setting yourself increasingly strict goals. You might, however, find it easier to quit altogether.
Follow a healthy, basic diet and eat regular meals. Also take multivitamin and mineral supplements. Good nutritional health may help you reduce your alcohol intake. In a study of recovering alcohols, over 40% more stayed sober for 6 months or longer when they followed good nutritional practices.
Take 4 to 8 500 mg evening primrose oil capsules each day. This may be beneficial as it helps counteract problems caused by alcohol in the metabolism of EFAs (essential fatty acids).
Take measures to reduce your stress levels. Many people drink more than they should because of work or family pressures, or other anxieties. Learning relaxation techniques and other stress-busting tactics can help you drink less. If you find social situations daunting and drink for confidence, work on improving your social skills. This will boost your confidence and you won't need to use alcohol as a crutch when you are with other people. You will probably also be better company. Drunk people are often boring and can easily embarrass themselves without realizing it.
Keep yourself active and busy. Sometimes we drink because we are bored or frustrated. Occupying yourself with interests and hobbies will stop you thinking of having a drink. Instead of going to the pub every evening, take up a sporting activity, or join a group that enjoys a hobby you're interested in.
Give yourself other treats. Put aside the money you save from evenings spent away from the pub and use it to treat yourself to a weekend break, or some new clothes, for example. You will soon realize how much money you were wasting by drinking so much. Alcohol is expensive and the savings can soon add up. Treating yourself in this way can be a good incentive to continue with your lower alcohol consumption.
If you are a very heavy drinker you should consult your doctor before quitting alcohol cold turkey. In some extreme cases this is not advisable and could be risky to your health. It is always advisable to consult your medical practitioner about any major lifestyle changes. However, if you think you are drinking just a little too much and want to cut your intake, following these tips on how to drink less alcohol should help. If you successfully lower your intake of alcohol, you will congratulate yourself each morning that you wake up without the familiar hang-over!