A glass of full-bodied red after a hard day’s work or a cool bottle of beer on a hot summer’s day can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but when you’re drinking alcohol regularly and you regularly feel the negative effects of doing so, it’s natural to question whether you might be drinking too much.
Drinking to excess can cause a range of health issues, including liver damage, addiction issues, loss of motivation and many much more besides, which make it an unattractive prospect. So, if you think you might be drinking a little more than is good for you, check out these tips to help you cut down:
Remember Willpower Isn’t Enough
Okay, so if you’re only drinking a glass or two more than you would ideally like to, you might be able to give them up with just a little bit of willpower, but if you’re drinking way more than you want to be, and especially if you fear you could have an addiction, sheer force of will isn’t going to be enough to get the job done. You’re going to have to take a serious look at your life and cut out situations where you know you’ll be tempted to drink such as rowdy parties and events that your drinking buddies are going to be at, at least for a while. You may also want to consider getting the help of addiction specialists, like the ones at https://canadianhealthrecoverycentre.ca/, in a residential setting, The more support you have, the better.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you’re tempted to drink to excess, take some time out, close your eyes and visualize your ideal way of behaving in that situation and your ideal future with less alcohol in it. This might sound kinda hokey, but it can be a powerful technique for retraining your brain and keeping your from indulging in harmful habits and it works for everything from preventing overeating to getting more exercise, too!
Replace That Extra Drink with Something Else
If you usually have two glasses of wine every night you’re relaxing, but you want to cut that down to one, instead of relying on willpower, which we know often does not work, or being forced to eliminate alcohol from your home completely, simply have that one drink and then go and do something else. Whether you go for a walk around the block, start your own blog and post when you would usually be drinking or take up painting, anything positive that you can use to replace your drinking and take your mind off it will really help you to cut down.
If that hankering for a drink is getting too much, try your hand at making some of the mocktails from https://www.townandcountrymag.com/mocktails. They’re so delicious that you really won’t miss the alcohol very much at all, and you’ll still have a pleasurable experience that is as close to the old experience as possible.
Giving up alcohol isn’t always easy, but if you want to improve your health, it’s a great way of doing so and the ideas above really will help. You can do it!
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