Here’s a fact to chew over – you don’t have to be in search of local alcohol rehab centres to be in a position where you could genuinely benefit by cutting down on your alcohol consumption. Statistically speaking, it is extremely likely that your current drinking habits are not doing a great deal for your overall health and wellbeing. The damage may not be showing through just yet, but if you could take a look at what was going on behind the scenes, you might think twice about your next binge drinking session.
The simple fact of the matter is that for many people, alcohol can be enjoyed responsibly and in moderation, without it necessarily having to trigger any catastrophic side effects. Unfortunately, research has shown that common sense and moderation are concepts that go well and truly out of the window when it comes to the drinking habits of most. Not all, but most.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not only advanced alcoholics who could benefit from cutting down on their alcohol intake. Quite to the contrary in fact, largely anyone who drinks on a regular basis or drinks occasionally but to excess could benefit from a cut down. And also contrary to popular belief, cutting down doesn’t have to be the most difficult of challenges.
Here’s a brief rundown of just a few tips you might find helpful:
1 – Change Your Attitude
First and foremost, instead of looking at the idea of cutting down on alcohol consumption as something of a chore, why not see it for the beneficial and positive change it actually is? The reason being that if you go into the process with the wrong attitude, the whole thing will be unnecessarily difficult and you’ll find it borderline impossible to succeed. By contrast, approach it with total positivity as something you really want to do for your overall benefit and you’ll find it exponentially easier.
2 – Reward, Don’t Punish
There are basically two ways of going about these kinds of things – one being to reward success and the other being to punish failure. In this instance, the latter should be avoided at all costs as it is hard to remain motivated, objective and positive if you are really only doing something to avoid being punished. On the flipside of the coin, if you are working towards certain incentives and rewards, you are much more likely to invest concerted efforts in ensuring you get the job done properly. Think about something you’ve wanted to buy yourself for some time, a treat you’ve been wanting or really anything else across the board – something that will keep you on the straight and narrow.
3 – Set Goals and Targets
There’s no two ways about it – if you simply set about by saying “I am going to cut down on alcohol as of right now” it is almost guaranteed that you will fail. Why? Well, quite simply because you haven’t set yourself any goals or targets to work towards. It is much easier and more effective to establish specific goals to work with, which could be as simple as cutting down on alcohol intake by X number of pints each week or stop drinking at XXpm or XXam on the nights you go out. After all, you cannot realistically expect to achieve a goal unless you establish what the goal is in the first place.
4 – Team Up
One of the very best ways of going about a reduction in alcohol consumption and actually making it work is to team up with at least one other person for the ride. The reason being that not only will you be able to help and encourage each other throughout the process, but there’s also something of a spirit of healthy competition that might help guide your decisions in the right direction. The simple fact of the matter is that none of you will want to be the first individual to fall off the wagon, so to speak, meaning you are much more inclined to invest your full efforts.
5 – Reduce Temptation
Last but not least, if you are really determined to cut down on your alcohol intake for the sake of your health and wellbeing, you cannot expect to do so if you live your life in something of a ‘kid in a candy store’ environment. Or in other words, you will be making life excessively and unnecessarily difficult for yourself if you try to cut down on alcohol while having copious amounts of your favourite alcoholic beverages around you at all times. It might be in your best interests to empty the home of alcohol before getting started and actively avoid environments in which alcohol is within easy reach.