Many people in Australia enjoy a social drink from time to time. Yet drinking too much alcohol or drinking too often increases your risk of developing an alcohol-related injury or disease. You may be thinking it’s time to take control of your drinking.

Here are some tips to help you cut down on alcohol.

  1. Keep track of your drinking habits. Instead of relying on memory, jot down your drinks in a diary to see exactly how much and how often you drink.

  2. Change your drinking habits. Control the amount of alcohol you drink by setting some goals, such as not drinking alone or when stressed. Schedule at least two alcohol-free days each week.

  3. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. A full stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.

  4. Quench your thirst with water or soft drinks. Otherwise, you risk gulping down alcoholic drinks.

  5. Sip your drink slowly. Put down the glass after each mouthful.

  6. Take a break. Make every second drink a non-alcoholic beverage.

  7. Buy low-alcohol alternatives. Options include light beer and reduced alcohol wine.

  8. Opt out of ‘shouts’. Drink at your own pace. If you can’t avoid buying a shout, get yourself a non-alcoholic drink.

  9. Avoid salty snacks, such as potato chips or peanuts. Salt makes you thirsty and more inclined to drink fast.

  10. Do something other than drink. Hit the dance floor or play a game of pool. You’re less likely to drink out of boredom if you’re busy having fun.

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Last updated: September 2012

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