Take a Break

Some people find taking a break from booze altogether helps them ‘reset’ their relationship with alcohol for good. And it’s not just for ‘Dry January’ and ‘Sober October’ – you can do it at any time of year!

Why not agree with a like-minded friend to do it together? Or post on social media that you’re going to take some time away from alcohol? Making a commitment makes it more likely that you will do it!

And not to worry about slip-ups, you can get back to it the next day, and there’s no limit to how many times you can give it a go!

 

Try Dry

One great free tool to help you is Try Dry. The app helps you track your calories and money saved by not drinking. Or if you want to, there are some great paid subscription apps that might just help. These include One Year No Beer which gives you hacks to change your mindset on drinking. Or join Club Soda (who are currently offering a 3 day free introduction) which gives advice on how to change your drink choices. You can connect with others cutting down, and motivate each other to keep going.

Swap it Out

When you’re doing your food shop, why not stock up on drinks that don’t contain alcohol. There are great varieties of alcohol-free beer, cider, wine and even prosecco in most chain supermarkets. This makes it easy to stick to your booze break, and you still get the same taste as alcoholic drinks. The good news is that most of these have about 1/3 of the calories, some even less, but it’s always worth checking!

Set Yourself a Goal

Think about what you want to achieve by taking this break. Is it for your health, your sleeping patterns or so you can spend more quality time with family and friends? Once you know why you want to stop your drinking, set yourself a goal. Start with one week off from drinking and then build it up.