How to Cut Down Your Alcohol Intake in 2020
At the start of a new year, it makes sense to start doing things differently and improving your approach to life in general, which should include your health and wellbeing. So, why not make 2020 the year that you try to cut down your alcohol intake levels and feel the benefits that come with such a change? It really can make a significant difference to your life, so find out more about how to do it below.
Keep a Drinking Diary
One of the first things you can do to overcome your excessive drinking is to keep a drinking diary. This is the easy part because you don’t need to do anything difficult at this stage. You simply need to note down what you’re drinking and see where the patterns lie. You can then see how much you’re drinking and it might even shock you into taking stronger action.
Don’t Store Alcohol in Your Home
It’s a good idea to go through all your cupboards and give away or simply pour away the alcohol that you’ve been storing. By not even having any alcohol stored in your home, you’ll take away the ease that comes with drinking in the evening. If you want to break the habit of drinking each day at home, the best thing to do is not have easy access to alcohol in your home.
Don’t Fall Prey to Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is not only something that impacts teenagers. We can all feel pressured into certain behaviors, including drinking too much, when we’re around other people. You should try to stay strong and not worry about what your friends are doing. You can have a good time without drinking, even if you’re not used to do that just yet. Whatever you do, don’t let other make bad decisions for you.
Consider Seeking Help if You Feel You Need It
If you’re really struggling with alcohol and you feel it’s gone past the point of simply needing to cut down a little, you should think about contacting an alcohol detox center. They can offer the help and treatment you need to get back on track and overcome this problem before it gets any bigger than it already is. There’s never any shame in asking for help.
Do New Things So That Drinking Isn’t Your Go-To Social Activity
You should try to do new things when you’re out in a social setting. For many of us, the default way of being social is sitting in a pub and drinking with friends. That’s all well and good, but it’s not ideal when you’re trying to drink less alcohol. Drinking doesn’t need to be your go-to social activity. There are so many other things out there to try.
When you drink less, you’ll start to wonder why you didn’t make this change sooner. Most people find that they don’t miss their previous levels of consumption once they cut down. And you might even be tempted to see if you can quit drinking completely.