Cutting down your drinking

Cutting back on alcohol is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health – helping you save money, sleep better, feel more energised and even lose weight. But it’s not always easy. Cutting down gradually takes time and it can be a long process, but once you begin you’ll soon start to see benefits.

Even small lifestyle changes, such as steering clear of after-work drinks or doing more exercise. can have a big impact on your health and help you reconsider your relationship with alcohol.

If you have been accustomed to drinking heavily, it’s important to seek advice from a GP before you attempt to stop drinking. They can also support you to cut back gradually and make positive changes.

Cutting back on alcohol can help you to…

Tips to cut down gradually

  • Set a limit on how much you will drink.
  • Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
  • Talk to your friends and family and they can support you.
  • Cut back a little each day. That way, every day is a success.
  • You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes.
  • Swap strong beers for ones with a lower strength.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
  • Have several drink-free days each week.

If you have an alcohol dependency, speak to a GP or medical professional before attempting to stop drinking.