4 Ways to Change Your Drinking Habits

Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances of having alcohol-related problems. Whatever strategies you choose, give them a fair trial. If one approach doesn't work, try something else. But if you haven't made progress in cutting down after 2 to 3 months, consider quitting drinking altogether, seeking professional help, or both.

Here are some strategies to try this month during Alcohol Awareness Month:

  1. Learn new skills to help you change your drinking habits. Planning ahead can help you manage situations when you might be tempted to drink too much. Think ahead about how to say "no" if someone offers you a drink.

2. Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home. This way you won't be tempted to go over the drinking limit you set for yourself.

3. Make a list of reasons not to drink. Make a list of reasons to drink less or quit. Keep this list in your wallet, bag, or on your fridge. Look at it when you have an urge to drink.

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If you or a loved one is looking for resources we encourage you to visit: http://drugfreenh.org/get-involved/alcohol-awareness-month for more information.