Each year sees millions of Brits up and down the country reaching a logical conclusion they need to reduce their alcohol consumption as one of their New Year’s resolutions. But quite unsurprisingly, research has shown time and time again that around 47% of the people are nowhere near their resolutions just by mid-January.
The truth is most people don’t have drinking problems that may at any time necessitate any kind of stay at local alcohol rehab clinics. At the same time however, it’s universally acknowledged that a great portion of adults in the UK could significantly benefit from reducing their alcohol consumption at least moderately – a feat most would believe is much easier said than done.
But is it really so? If one were to really focus on the task, how difficult would it be to reduce drinking and enjoy life more starting right now?
As far as many experts are concerned it really shouldn’t be a particularly difficult task at all. It’s merely a case of realising how to go about it and keeping in mind a few helpful tips. And since we are just a few months from the point when the masses start thinking about New Year resolutions again, what follows is short overview of a few helpful insights from the professionals on how to reduce alcohol consumption:
- First of all, most experts agree that one of the easiest ways of greatly reducing alcohol consumption immediately is to break the habit of drinking in rounds. The reason is simple – while many would think turning down what appear to be simply free drinks is absurd, it is very important to realise that when you’re drinking in rounds, you’re drinking at a pace determined by other people. Which simply means that it’s very likely that you’ll drink more than your normal pace. Get out of the rounds system and you and nobody else dictate how fast you consume your drinks.
- Much can be also said about injecting a little healthy competitiveness into the endeavour. Pride is of course a fantastic motivator, which is the reason why it is usually advisable to ask at least one other person to reduce alcohol consumption with you. A great idea is to even put a little money on the line as a kind of an extra incentive, which will ensure you both follow your resolution as long as possible.
- It’s a common myth that drinking on an empty stomach affects how drunk or otherwise you get. The truth is, it actually affects how quickly one gets drunk as the alcohol simply gets absorbed much more quickly. Research has also shown that drinking on an empty stomach has a clear effect on the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control and decision-making. In other words, drinking on an empty stomach simply makes it much more likely you will drink more than you intended to and more quickly.
- Another effective way of reducing alcohol consumption without any real effort is to just keep it out of the way in your home. The reason is simple – if for example your fridge is always loaded with ice cold beers, you are most likely to find it very hard to resist a few after a hard and long day at the office. The same is also true for the wine bottles you have in the kitchen and any other alcoholic drinks.
- Another very helpful habit to adopt is that of interspersing non-alcoholic drinks with alcoholic drinks. This will not only reduce the alcoholic amount you consume considerably, but it will ensure you aren’t left constantly thirsty as when you only drink alcoholic drinks. Take the edge off slightly in the beginning and you will not be compelled to drink at a fast pace.
- Last but not least, one fantastic way to encourage yourself to reduce your alcohol consumption is to find an incentive to do so. What that means is to basically take each penny for every alcoholic drink you skip and put it on one side and then treat yourself to something. You may be somewhat stunned (depending on your drinking habits) as how quickly those pounds and pennies stack up.