Tips for Cutting Back on Alcohol

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Want to cut back on drinking alcohol?
Try these tips, including: bringing your own drinks to gatherings, finding
different get-together options, and trying vorvida(R) – an online platform to help you reduce
drinking.


This post was sponsored by vorvida as part of an Influencer
Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my
own.

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Back in college, I used to drink more often, but as time went on, I realized
how yucky it made me feel. I get a lot of negative symptoms like insomnia,
irritability, having a hot face and many more things. Over time, this made me
drink much less alcohol because of the way it made me feel. Today, I want to
share my tips for cutting back on alcohol- even in a social situation where it
can make you feel left out not to have a drink.

Whether you want to reduce drinking alcohol for health reasons, personal
reasons or any reason, these tips should help make it a little easier to limit
alcohol consumption. There is nothing wrong with having a couple of drinks here
or there but if you want to cut back or think that you may have a problem with
alcohol, please consider cutting back (or cutting alcohol out of your life if
you need to).

Tips for Cutting Back on Alcohol

1. Bring your own alcohol-free drink

I used to just abstain from drinking alcohol and it would make me feel
really left out compared to everyone at a get-together drinking alcohol. It can
be hard being the one that is not having a drink. In my experience, at parties,
people do not have many alcohol-free options, which can make you feel
isolated.

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Lemonade is a great drink without alcohol!

As of this summer, I bring my own drinks. I love different flavored
sparkling waters and juices. I’ve made fun mocktails like frozen strawberry
lemonade slushies that taste amazing but don’t have alcohol. If you think that
there may not be any alcohol-free options at a party, just bring your own
drinks so you can fit in with the crowd.

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2. Try out vorvida(R)

As a dietitian, I have met a lot of people who want to either cut back on
their drinking, or cut drinking out of their lives. I recently learned about vorvida(R) and
I thought it was such a helpful tool to cut back on drinking that I had to
share it. vorvida(R) is an online platform that can help
you cut back on drinking alcohol. It is made to help you rethink how you drink.
It is an interactive platform that gives you tools and techniques that help
manage drinking.

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It helps you take control of your drinking habits using clinically proven
psychology-based tools and techniques to identify triggers, break negative
behaviors and develop healthier responses to different situations. vorvida(R) can help
to identify habits such as drinking when you are upset. vorvida(R) is
awesome at helping you change these habits to doing something else instead of
drinking. I found it helpful that it helped me understand why I might want to
drink (such as when I’m feeling stressed!) and then help me change those
behaviors.

I like that it lets you set your own goals and gives you a personalized
approach to cut back on drinking designed just for you. I love that people can
access it from their phones or computers so you can use it anywhere with
internet. It is completely interactive meaning you answer a lot of simple
questions about your habits and feelings and then they give you recommendations
based on that. It also helps you set goals to cut back on drinking.

It helped me learn all about how alcohol damages the liver and seeing that
in-depth view of how you can be hurting yourself definitely made me want to
drink less. I finally learned why I get a red face while drinking thanks to vorvida(R) – alcohol expands your blood vessels
giving you those cherry red cheeks. Also, it talks a lot about having a good
support network to help you cut back on alcohol, which is definitely important.

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They have daily and weekly alcohol checks so you can share how much you had
to drink and how often. It then shares if you are within medical recommendations
of how you much you drank, or over the recommendations – for example, for
women, it is recommended not to have more than 1 drink per day. It asks
questions about your mood and how you’re feeling. It goes over some of the
negative effects of alcohol and shares benefits of drinking less. It has shown
itself to be a super helpful tool for those who may want to reduce alcohol
consumption!

**Use code CENTRAL40 for 40% off your vorvida purchase!

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3. Find other things to do with friends and family

When I was in my early 20s, it seemed like the only thing to do with friends
was to go out to a bar to have a few drinks. Now that I have kids and am in my
30s, I learned that there are SO many other fun things to do that make me so
much happier. One of my favorite things to do is to go for a walk with a
friend. We can chat a bunch while we get some exercise in. I love it! You can
also go out to dinner, have a game night or do an active activity like going
kayaking or biking.

4. Notice how much better you feel

After a night out of not drinking, how much better do you feel physically? I
remember those feelings of being hungover, tired and sick. I didn’t like it.
After spending a night out where you don’t drink alcohol, take note of how you
feel. Do you have more energy to do the things you want to do instead of
sleeping the day away? Do you feel happier? I know I always do!

5. Drink on certain days

Maybe you like a couple of glasses of wine on Friday and Saturday nights but
that doesn’t mean that you have to have drinks every single night. Choose a
couple of nights per week to enjoy a drink, and other nights choose to have a
cup of hot tea or another alcohol-free drink instead.

I hope that these tips are helpful for cutting back on drinking alcohol! I
know that I feel so much better when I drastically limit drinking alcohol and I
think that many people would feel the same.

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