If you would like to cut down the amount of alcohol you drink, it’s well worth spending a couple of minutes on our alcohol use test. This quick test can determine how risky your current drinking is and help create a plan that works for you. How you cut down drinking is up to you, but a printed (or emailed) plan can help you stay on track.
Cutting down – Have a clear goal
It’s important to be honest with yourself about the reasons why you want to cut down drinking. Giving yourself a realistic timeframe will help keep you motivated and help you measure your success.
Ensure you have plans for those social situations where you could be overcome by the urge to drink lots, such as parties or after-work drinks.
Rather than focus on giving something up, try thinking about starting something new. By spending time on an activity you enjoy or benefit from, you’ll associate this behaviour with a positive thing in your life.
Increasing your chances of cutting down alcohol
If you talk about your goal of drinking less with a trusted friend, or even through social media, you’ll increase your chances of becoming successful at cutting down.
Alcohol – Tips for cutting down
Here are some additional ways of cutting down the amount of alcohol you drink:
Find out how other people have cut down drinking via these drinking stories
If you are alcohol dependent, then suddenly cutting down the amount you drink drastically is not safe. Ensure you get the right support plan agreed with a medical professional or alcohol specialist worker.