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Tips for drinking less

Tips for drinking less on a night out

  • Go out later
  • Bring less money
  • Order smaller drinks – a glass rather or bottle rather than a pint, a single measure of spirit rather than a double.
  • Pick lower strength drinks
  • Avoid ‘top-ups’, so that you can keep track of how many you’re drinking
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Don’t drink too fast – sip your drinks and wait a while before ordering another
  • Avoid buying rounds. If you can’t, buy yourself a soft drink or a non-alcoholic drink when it’s your round
  • If you’re leaving, leave your drink unfinished

 

Tips to reduce drinking at home

  • Stock up on low-alcohol or alcohol free drinks
  • Use a standard measure for spirits, rather than pouring ‘freehand’
  • Start drinking a bit later – go for a walk, have a shower or do some extra jobs or an activity first
  • Change your routine to find new things to do at your usual ‘drinking times’
  • If you’re giving up, don’t keep alcohol at home
  • Consider not buying alcohol in your weekly shopping

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Worried about your drinking?

If your drinking is causing you problems or you feel you aren’t in control of your drinking, please see our section Worried about your drinking?

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