Moderation is key
It can be difficult to go cold turkey as many social occasions revolve around consuming alcohol. Instead moderate your intake, which can be done in a number of ways. Alternate between soft drinks and alcoholic drinks so that you can appear to be drinking throughout the night or purchase your own drinks instead of getting involved in buying rounds.
Budget your alcohol
A great way to stick to a set number of drinks is by taking money out at the beginning of the night. Tracking how the cash you have means you are less likely to spend a huge sum of money and therefore, less likely to drink more than you were planning.
Try an alternative drink
If you want to avoid drinking altogether, but still want to join in the fun, try switching to a non-alcoholic wine such as Edenvale alcohol-removed wines. These wines have been created through the same process as other wine, but at the final stage, the alcohol is removed. An added bonus is that Edenvale wines also contain half the calories! The Edenvale range covers reds, whites and sparkling, giving you an option for any celebration.
Find different stress-relievers
Studies have found that men and women who have reported high levels of stress tend to drink more, using alcohol as a relaxant. If you have linked your alcohol use to relax at the end of a long day, it might be time to change up how you deal with your stress. Try taking some time for yourself by going for a walk or attending a yoga class to switch off for an hour. This small burst of endorphins can improve your mood and wellbeing – a great, healthy alternative to a drink every night.
Consider tomorrow’s plans
One of the best ways to minimise your drinking on a night out is to have a plan in place for the next morning. If you think you’re going to have a big night, plan to have breakfast or a walk with a friend and choose a time to stop drinking. Ensuring you have something on the next day can help prevent you from drinking an excessive amount of alcohol and wasting the following day – this also gives you a great excuse to leave early if you have to get up early!
Be the designated driver
Assigning yourself as the designated driver is guaranteed to drop your alcohol intake. In order to be able to drive under the legal limit on your full license, it is recommended you only consume one standard drink per hour – or take a bottle of Edenvale with you. As you will have others relying on you to drive them home, you will be forced to limit your drinking for the night – a great way to lower the alcohol consumption and the dent in your bank account.