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Reducing Alcohol Use

If you are worried by the idea of cutting down your drinking,  it might help to talk with a specialist alcohol worker. Your GP can tell you about local services - you can then refer yourself or ask your GP to refer you.

Changing your habits and style of life is always a challenge and can take some time.

Dos and Don’ts of drinking safely.
  • Do sip your drink slowly – don’t gulp it down.
  • Do space your drinks with a non-alcoholic drink in between.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Have something to eat first.
  • Don’t drink every day. Have two or three alcohol-free days in the week.
  • Do switch to lower strength or alcohol free drinks.
  • Do (for wine) avoid those ‘large’ 250 ml glasses in bars and restaurants.
  • Do provide non-alcoholic drinks as well as alcohol if you are having a party.
  • Do ask your doctor or chemist if it is safe to drink with any medicine that you have been prescribed.
  • Do check your drinking every few weeks with your drinking diary.
  • Do keep to the drinking target (amount of alcohol per week) you have set yourself.
  • Don't binge drink – again, check the diary.

If you experience physical withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating and experience feelings of anxiety until you have the first drink of the day, you need to seek medical advice before stopping drinking completely. Abruptly stopping alcohol can be very dangerous.