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12 Days of Self Care: 7 Ways to Make Drinking Less Harmful
As part of our 12 Days of Self Care blog series we are talking about alcohol and how to minimize the negative impact it can have on our body and mind. Our society is very focused on drinking. It’s often one of the main event in social situations and this is only amplified during the holiday season,it can be easy to get carried away.
Drinking can do harm to our bodies and minds. Not drinking is the best way to avoid the negative side effects, but that might not be realistic for everyone. That being said there are ways to minimize the negative impact drinking might have on you. Here are some ideas to help get you started. You might find that some techniques don’t work for you, don’t give up, just try something new.
Drink water in between drinks
People aren’t going to notice and you’ll stay hydrated.
Note Alcohol Content
Look for light beer or wine with a lower alcohol content. You could also consider making cocktails, you can control how much alcohol you add.
Make sure you are eating while drinking. Drinking on a full stomach will slow the rate that the alcohol is getting absorbed into your blood. This will lessen the effects of alcohol and allow you to keep it together for longer. Plus bringing snacks to the party will make you a hit!
Buy less alcohol
If you have less on hand it will be harder to drink more
Set a time limit
Decide how much you can handle. Perhaps you want to stop drinking at 10, set that limit in your head and have a tasty non-alcoholic drink on hand when you switch it up. This could also be when you decide to leave the party.
Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Try to address each of these components before you go to a party or get together, you will be less likely to over consume if you’re feeling mostly OK!
Many people drink because they get anxious in social situations. If this sounds like you consider testing out different calming techniques you can use during stressful times. You might still reach for a drink but you might be more mindful. If you need something easy and inconspicuous try to just focus on your breath. Breath in and breathe out slowly.
If these tips aren’t doable for you and you feel as though your drinking is out of hand you might need some additional support. Check out this article for some helpful information.
Here are some resources to help you out if you need more information:
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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