How to Cut Back on Drinking Alcohol
For many people, alcohol has woven itself into many aspects of their lives. After a particularly stressful day at work, a cold beer or glass of wine is often the go-to method of relaxation. Before a night out, a few drinks will be a catalyst for a fun time. It's also a fact that sometimes people, even those who consider themselves social drinkers, can go overboard. Which may lead to a desire to take a break from drinking altogether or create a plan to cut back.
Here are a few helpful tips to help you on your journey:
Find your "why". In order to change your behavioral patterns, you need to first understand them. Take time to understand what role alcohol plays in your life. Does it help you relax? Does it help you open up to other people more easily? Try figuring out what it is that you're missing and what you think alcohol is providing.
Get advice. Start looking for resources or support that helps address the specific issues around your "why". Don't know where to start? Contact your wellness program to discuss healthy behavior changes with a certified health coach.
Be prepared for change. When you're cutting back on drinking, it's likely that some aspects of your life are going to change. Maybe that means skipping happy hour after work, saying "no" to that date who wants to take you to the bar, or suggesting alternate activities with those friends who you only drink with. It will take some getting used to, but there are plenty of activities you can do on dates or with friends that don't involve drinking!
Work up a sweat. Establishing a workout routine and good eating habits can be a pain, but it will get easier and make you feel so much better. Physical activity helps manage emotions, elevate your mood, maintain a healthy weight, and is a great way to meet new people who enjoy similar healthy activities.