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Why don’t you try? : Take steps to cut down on alcohol

If you regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down.
Fourteen units is equivalent to 6 pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.

Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
Set a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.
Stay hydrated
Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.

Getting help
If you’re concerned about your drinking or someone else’s, a good first step is to see a GP.
They’ll be able to discuss the services and treatments available.

As well as the NHS, there are a number of charities and support groups across the UK that provide support and advice for people with an alcohol misuse problem.
For example, you may want to contact:
* Drinkline national alcohol helpline on 0300 123 1110
* Alcohol Change UK
* Alcoholics Anonymous helpline on 0800 9177 650
* Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 0800 0086 811

Sources: NHS
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Set a drinking goal per week and keep track of what you have been drinking, Speak to someone for further support and advice such as your GP, local alcoholic support group or mental health support group,

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