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CUTTING DOWN

Here are our Top Ten ways to #DrinkDifferently.

1: HAVE AN ALCOHOL-FREE DAY TWICE A WEEK

It's easy to get used to having a drink to unwind every day, so why not try to break the habit by staying off the booze once or twice a week?

You may notice certain things like headaches or indigestion easing on the days you don't drink. On top of that, you may wake up feeling more refreshed, because despite what you may think, alcohol can actually disrupt your sleep.

Go on give it a go, set a note in your DrinkCoach app to remind you to take a day off.

2: When bored or stressed have a workout instead of drinking

You don’t have to join a gym to ‘workout’, here are some alternatives:

  • Try a web workout
  • Join a running club
  • See if a neighbour or friend has a dog they need walking
  • Get that bike out of the shed!
  • Go for a swim
  • Do a spot of gardening

3: Plan activities and tasks at times you would usually drink

Here are some ideas

  • Book a class at the gym
  • Visit a gallery or museum
  • Treat yourself - go get a coffee or book a spa treatment
  • Organise a basketball game with friends or co-workers
  • Call an old friend
  • Walk a neighbour's dog

4: EXPLORE OTHER INTERESTS

Use time the you’d usually spend drinking to try something new. Here are some ideas:

  • Pick up a craft such as crocheting or woodworking
  • Master a difficult recipe
  • Learn how to create and maintain a blog
  • Introduce friends and family to a new board game
  • Do a photography course
  • Expand that record collection
  • Try your hand at some amateur astronomy

5: Quench your thirst with non-alcohol drinks before and in-between alcoholic drinks

Thirst can make you drink more alcohol than you need, so quench it with a soft drink rather than guzzling down another pint!

6: Switch to lower strength drinks

  • Switch from a typical 5% lager to a 4% lager or ale
  • Try out a shandy or spritzer
  • Ask for a single measure of spirits in your drink
  • Keep an eye out for low or no alcohol wines at the supermarket

7: Restock the fridge with soft drinks

There are lots of non-alcoholic options available, here’s you chance to try something new - have a look online for recipes or see what's new at your local supermarket or deli:

  • Mocktails
  • Smoothies
  • Cordials
  • Iced coffee or tea
  • Low-calorie fizzy drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Herbal teas
  • Milkshakes

8: Avoid going to the pub straight after work

We all know drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea, but missing dinner because we’ve gone straight to the pub after work is a classic scenario. If you do have to go out after work, try and have something to eat first or stick to soft drinks.

9: Avoid drinking in rounds

Drinking at the pace of the fastest drinker, or wondering if you're ‘getting your money’s worth’, is not a helpful tactic to drinking healthily. Avoid rounds and not only could you drink less, but spend less too.

10: When you do drink, set yourself a limit and stick to it

Decide ahead of time how much you want to drink. Be realistic and set a reminder in your DrinkCoach app to help you stick to your goal. Share this goal with a friend so they can help you stick to it too!

 

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