Oftentimes we struggle with an alcoholism because we are making it TOO EASY to drink more than we should. Before long, we have gone from someone who drinks a normal amount to a person who is battling alcoholism. But, the good news is that there’s actually a very simple way to drink less alcohol, and it’s already practiced by millions of people all around the world.
Give Yourself an Option to Alcohol
The concept is to give yourself the OPTION to drink other beverages DURING THE TIME you are drinking. For example, many Americans and Europeans enjoy drinking wine with their dinners – however, in Europe it is commonplace to ALSO have water abundantly available. This is much less true in the United States, where wine (or other alcoholic beverages) can often be the ONLY drink option for adults at dinner.
Interestingly, by having water available at the same time as alcohol, there seems to be a different mindset by those who are eating dinner. They tend to view the water as something to drink to help with digestion, and the alcohol as something to SIP on over the course of the meal. Contrast that with ONLY having alcohol available, and you can readily understand how many people drink much more than they should.
Water is Your Best Friend
If you’re looking to drink less alcohol, then the easiest way to do so is to have a glass of water nearby. Drinking water will not only cut back on your alcohol consumption (without you thinking about it), but you are actually consuming what your body NEEDS the most.
WATER is the singular most important thing you can consume (not counting air). We can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water. So, imagine if every one of your glasses of alcohol was MATCHED by a glass of water.
How much additional water would you be consuming each day? Or every week? And how much, in turn, will you start to feel healthier? How much better will you look? The answer to these questions is a lot.
7 Tips to Drink Less Alcohol and MORE Water
- Keep a glass of water NEXT TO your beer, wine or other alcoholic drink
- Make sure that the glass with the water contains AT LEAST the same amount as your alcoholic drink
- Get in the habit of alternating drinking between the two
- Focus on sipping the booze, but DRINKING the water
- If you are eating, make sure that you drink the WATER to aid in swallowing or digestion
- You should finish drinking your glass of water BEFORE you finish drinking the alcohol
- Focus on the fact that water is what your body WANTS and NEEDS to survive
Remember, this is an EASY way to drink less alcohol, and it doesn’t require a lot of thought or fortitude. Even if your long-term goal is to QUIT drinking, this approach can be a very important first-step towards getting sober.
And do you want to know the best part? It’s not only easy to do, but it works wonders. Just give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. ♦
Please note: Drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health. Do NOT force yourself to drink water if it feels uncomfortable to do so.