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10 smart ways to limit alcohol

Hydrate with water

Don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst.

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Serve mocktails

When hosting a party, offer fun alcohol-free alternatives.

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Measure your drinks

At home, use a shot glass to keep track of exactly how much you’re pouring. In restaurants, stick to single portions – don’t supersize your drinks!

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Wind down without alcohol

Want to relax after a busy day? Go for a walk, practise yoga, have a bath, curl up with a book or chat with a friend.       

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Choose non-salty snacks

Salt makes you drink more quickly. Eat veggies and dip or unsalted nuts.

Unsalted nuts

Pace yourself

Have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink and space your drinks about an hour apart.

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Set reasonable goals

You’ll have more success than if you try to cut out alcohol all at once. Try “I won’t drink alone” or “I’ll have 3 alcohol-free days a week” to start.

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Skip “pre-drinking”

Don’t have drinks before you go out. It’s easy to lose track of how much you drink when you start at home and continue at a party, bar or restaurant.

People drinking

Cut the alcohol in half

Have a shandy (beer with lemon-lime soda or ginger ale) or a wine spritzer (wine with club soda).

Glasses or juice

Take the focus off drinking

Don’t just sit on a barstool when you’re out with friends – dance, play pool or have some fun with karaoke!

People playing pool