Reducing your alcohol intake may seem daunting; however, what if it was easier than your think.
Whether you want to cut back because you’ve noticed your one glass of wine or bourbon every couple of nights with dinner has turned into every night, or you want to lose weight or feel better overall; reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can benefit your mind and body in many ways.
Not only does reducing our alcohol intake reduces our risk of alcohol-caused diseases such as cancer and stroke, but you will see short-term benefits too. Imagine achieving an improved mood and decreased anxiety, increased energy levels, better sleep, brighter skin and a slimmer waistline, not to mention the cost savings.
We need to be aware of the reason we may be overconsuming alcohol. If there is an issue, trauma, or memory you are trying to numb. Once you recognise you should or need to reduce your alcohol intake, it can be easy. Consider using the Virtual Hypnotherapy Abolish Bad Habits session, designed for precisely this issue. Most people have a good part that knows the right thing to do but then has this voice in the rear of their brain encouraging them to indulge and drink just another glass. This is the voice you can control so you can again take charge of yourself, your thoughts, and those feelings. Change your mind, change your behaviour.
After you have done the hypnosis session at home – you are well on your way to retaking control. If you want some additional steps to help, here are some tips to further help you reduce that alcohol intake and stay on track:
Set yourself a drink limit and count your drinks.
Set yourself a drink limit consistent with advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which is no more than two standard drinks on any day or no more than four in a single drinking session. Once you have reached it, Stop. You’ll find you can do without that extra drink after all, and your body will thank you for it the next day. You can replace it with sparkling water or soft drink if you feel the need to socialise with a glass of something in your hand.
Have a few alcohol-free days each week.
Having a few alcohol-free days each week will help you stay healthy and break any bad habits, such as that habit of reaching for a drink each day after work. You can decide to have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as your alcohol-free days. Followed by Thursday and Sunday as limiting to 2 drinks only, then Friday and Saturday night up to 4 drinks if you wish.
Swap to low or no alcohol alternatives.
Low and no alcohol products are a good alternative for people who want to reduce their alcohol intake – they have similar taste but contain less alcohol. There are an ever-increasing range of low and no alcohol products available at many retailers and bars. It is easy at BYO restaurants.
Keep up your water and food intake.
If you’re thirsty, reach for water or a non-alcohol alternative instead of alcohol. Also, alternate your alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. A glass of water, soda water, juice or soft drink will do the trick.
Drinking on an empty stomach will increase the rate that alcohol is metabolised and absorbed in your body. Our bodies only break down one standard drink of alcohol every hour.
If you want more help to reduce how much you drink at home, try some of these tips.
Limit how much alcohol you keep in the house.
If it’s not there, you can’t drink it! If all it takes is opening the fridge, then you’re potentially on a slippery slope to being tempted. Avoid stocking up on alcohol on the next trip to the bottle shop. Research tells us the more alcohol we buy, the more likely we are to drink it sooner than we had intended.
Keep attractive non-alcoholic options at home.
Besides the range of non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirit options available, keeping your house stocked with good teas, sparkling water, and other non-alcoholic drinks will also help.
Change your “after work routine”.
If you’re in the habit of reaching for a glass of wine or a beer after work to help de-stress, try changing up your routine by finding some healthier alternatives. Try finding an after-work activity, such as going for a walk or run or doing another form of exercise or try putting the kettle on or reaching for a tasty non-alcohol alternative.
Delay that first drink.
The earlier you start drinking, the longer a drinking session can become. If you choose to drink, start after 6 pm or after you exercise. The later you start drinking, the less alcohol you are likely to consume.
Drink only with dinner.
Rather than having a few drinks before dinner, wait until dinner is served. Aim only to have a maximum of 2 standard drinks. One full strength stubbie of beer or a glass of wine has around 1.5 standard drinks, so why not only limit your evening drink to only one with dinner on selected nights?
If you are going out, here are some things you can do to reduce your drinking.
- Limit how much alcohol you take if going to a friend’s place and make sure you have various non-alcoholic alternatives.
- Heading out for the night, avoid drinking in rounds. Research tells us drinking in rounds results in people drinking more than they planned.
- If you want to limit how much you drink, the best excuse is to be the designated driver!
- Set a budget on how much you will spend on alcohol in any period.
- Find social alternatives that do not involve alcohol. For example, pick a location to catch up with a friend where alcohol is not readily available, such as at the beach, a picnic or the movies.
Get your session now, download, and regain your control. It really is easier than you think to reduce that alcohol intake – IF, this is what you want to do.
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