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.

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.