We know it’s November but let’s be honest it’s nearly Christmas which can only mean one thing – overindulgence. During the Winter months, it’s pretty hard to hide from mince pies, office parties, and, most importantly, booze. But there are ways to avoid the stuff without being a total buzzkill. Here are some practical tips that’ll help you put down the plastic flute of Cava during Chrimbo season.
If you’re a regular, or even semi-regular, drinker quitting cold turkey is unlikely to work. Instead, give yourself an easy start. No drinking on Mondays and Thursday, for example. Once you get yourself into a bit of a routine add a few more no-drink days. Not only will you cut down on drinking, particularly during the week, but it will also make you more aware of how often you drink.
It’s 5 PM on a Thursday. You get the message – “Pub?”. Tell your friends you’re on this journey and ask them to meet you spots that aren’t focused on alcohol. It’ll be difficult particularly if you don’t live in a big city but it will also give you the incentive to explore new locations. Turn that Thursday pub sesh into a mini golf evening. Equally as fun but with no booze needed.
You can’t always escape an excursion to the pub so when you are in your local find a soft drink that works for you. There are many alcohol alternatives on the market – from non-alcoholic beer in the form of Becks Blue to faux gin from Seedlip. Give them a go. You might even discover they are nicer than a luke-warm glass of Barefoot wine.
Spoiler alert: you will break and have
a many drinks. Is that a problem? Of course not. Set realistic goals and be kind to yourself. If you know you’ve got an event on the weekend where a glass of wine is required (see: family event) then make peace with your decision and aim to add a no-booze day in next week.