When bored or stressed have a workout instead of drinking and avoid going to the pub after work
Instead of drinking alcohol, try having a couple of consecutive days in the week when you stick to low-calorie soft drinks.
If it’s in the house, then you’re likely to drink it! Stop stocking up on alcohol when you’re doing the shopping.
If you’re out with people who drink heavily, try to avoid buying in rounds (you could always get the first round and then opt out).
Instead of opening your whole evening up to drinking, just have a drink with your evening meal only and don’t carry on drinking afterwards.
Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach means the alcohol is absorbed into your system quicker, so try to eat before you go out or during the night. Eating before or during drinking alcohol should help stop any cravings for a greasy kebab at the end of the night too.
Try switching to a lower strength (ABV%) beer or wine – look at the label on the bottle or can.
When you do drink, set yourself a limit and stick to it. If you’re going out only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol, but make sure you have enough money for the bus or taxi home!
It is recommended that if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (shaking, sweating or feelings of anxiety until you have your first drink of the day) you should take medical advice before stopping completely – this is because some people may need additional support to help them cope with the withdrawal symptoms. it can be dangerous to do this too quickly and without proper advice and support
For specialist support around giving up alcohol for good – please contact Knowsley Integrated Recovery Service on 0151 482 6291 or 07780 495742 (out of hours)
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