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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. A full stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.
- Quench your thirst with water or soft drinks. Otherwise, you risk gulping down alcoholic drinks.
- Sip your drink slowly. Put down the glass after each mouthful.
- Take a break. Make every second drink a non-alcoholic beverage.
- Buy low-alcohol alternatives. Options include light beer and reduced alcohol wine.
- Opt out of ‘shouts’. Drink at your own pace. If you can’t avoid buying a shout, get yourself a non-alcoholic drink.
- Avoid salty snacks, such as potato chips or peanuts. Salt makes you thirsty and more inclined to drink fast.
- 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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