Life bal­ance ALL ABOUT YOU EASY WAYS TO CUT BACK ON THE BOOZE

YOUR GUIDE TO EMO­TIONAL IS­SUES AND FAM­ILY LIFE WITH PSY­CHOL­O­GIST EMMA KENNY More than four in ten of us are try­ing to drink less. With Dry Jan­uary upon us, Emma re­veals how you can suc­ceed I WOULD LIKE TO MEET Closer’s dat­ing ex­pert, Re­becca Twomey, look

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didn’t touch al­co­hol un­til I was 26 be­cause I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I’m not sure when it crept into my daily life, but re­cently I re­alised that a glass of wine had be­come a rit­ual, mark­ing the end of a busy work day, or cel­e­brat­ing the be­gin­ning of a week­end. I had be­come a wine o’clock mum, and I didn’t like it. With lots of peo­ple join­ing in with Dry Jan­uary, I have some tips. Don’t have al­co­hol in your home on a daily ba­sis – it’s easy to prom­ise your­self that you won’t drink, but a bad day at the of­fice will see you re­lent. In­stead, buy the amount you in­tend to drink and, once that has gone, de­cide on a suit­able time frame be­fore buy­ing more al­co­hol. I also have a drink diary, where I note what I con­sume at so­cial events. I al­low my­self five units a week, which is half a bot­tle of red wine, or three gin and ton­ics. Record­ing it makes me feel more ac­count­able and it has re­duced my in­take dra­mat­i­cally. I also drink more mind­fully; I used to gulp down my first glass be­cause I en­joyed the cold re­fresh­ment. I now drink a glass of wa­ter with ice first and sip my wine, tak­ing in the flavours and en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. I also vol­un­teer as the des­ig­nated driver when I go out, au­to­mat­i­cally avoid­ing awk­ward in­ter­ac­tions re­gard­ing why you are not drinking. Hon­esty is an­other help­ful tool; I re­cently asked a friend why she wasn’t or­der­ing her usual glass of red and she sim­ply said she didn’t want to feel ter­ri­ble the next day as she had plans. Be clear and con­fi­dent – it’s your liver!

s an ad­vo­cate of A the anti-datin­gapp move­ment, I can only ap­plaud the ar­rival of a new move­ment called Tan­gle, whose sole pur­pose is to put sin­gles all to­gether in the same place and let them in­ter­act in real life. Yes, I said it. Peo­ple talk­ing face-to-face to gauge if they fancy each other and pos­si­bly even go on a date. How old school. And how ex­cit­ing!

Her­alded as the “anti-dat­ing app” (be­cause there’s now an app for ev­ery­thing), it’s de­signed to al­low users to ef­fec­tively screen the po­ten­tial guest list of a sin­gles event be­fore sign­ing up to see if there’s any­one go­ing who they fancy. If you like what you see, you can buy a ticket to the event or, bet­ter still, gift a ticket to some­one else or re­ceive one from an ad­mirer. The events range from foodie ex­pe­ri­ences to party nights, live mu­sic to tarot read­ings

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