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Choosing lowerstrength versions of your favourite tipple reduces your daily unit intake, lowering your risk of drink-related problems, and cuts your calorie intake. Even better, go for a non-alcoholic beer: there’s lots of them now, and they’re nicer than they used to be.
SIP A SOFT DRINK
Alternating each alcoholic drink with a soft drink - water or squash is best to prevent dehydration without excess calories - is a smart move if you’re out and fancy a proper drink. It will reduce the units you drink, the money you spend and the number of calories you consume.
DRINK AT DINNER
Waiting for your evening meal to have your first drink instead of grabbing a glass of wine or can of beer as soon as you step through your front door can help you drink far less, while pairing the booze with the food you’re eating can lead to a more enjoyable experience.
You can still tantalise your tastebuds while giving your liver a much-needed rest by swapping cocktails for mocktails. Alcohol education site drinkaware.co.uk has videos of some mocktail recipes if you need inspiration – the Virgin Mary’s terrific.
TRACK ON AN APP
Still struggling to cut down on your drinking? Download the Drinkaware tracker app to your phone. Logging each drink increases your awareness of how much you’re drinking, and the app calculates the cost and calorie count, which could bolster willpower to cut back.