If you're trying to cut down on how much you drink this year, check out this advice on how to do it with ease.
Many people's New Year resolutions are likely to include cutting back on the booze this January. Whether you're eliminating the drop completely, taking a month off or simply looking to lower your weekly intake, take a look at these creative tips to help banish the bottle.
Stock Up On Alternatives
If you're the type to reach for a tasty tipple after a hard day at the office, make sure your kitchen is stocked up with replacements to ensure you still get your weekly wind down - without the alcoholic content, of course.
Flavoured sodas, tonic and lemon, virgin cocktails and smoothies are great alternatives to help quench your thirst and satisfy your craving. Grape juice, sparkling or still, can help those longing for a glass of wine, and there are plenty of low and no-alcohol beers on the market currently.
Plan New Activities
If your current social schedule revolves mainly around bar meet-ups and after-work drinks, you may want to re-evaluate your schedule for the duration of your alcohol abstinence period. If you're the kind of person who can happily sip on a juice for hours while your friends throw back spirits, that's great! But for many people, it can be difficult to cut out the drink when surrounded by it at every event.
Counteract this by planning interesting new ways to socialise. Encourage friends to try a cooking class with you, or get along to a local craft club to meet new people and try out a new hobby.
If you've got a friend or relative aiming to do the same thing, buddy up and act as each other's support person. Treat it like a challenge and you may even find abstaining from your favourite drink becomes competitive and fun!