Daily Health Tips: How Can I Reduce My Alcohol Intake?

Q: Please advice on what to do concerning beer intake every night. Is it possible for me to reduce the bottle intake to 1 or 2 or how can l really stop it?

A: Can you reduce your beer intake? Absolutely!

Let’s define some concepts first:

Alcoholism is a disease which is chronic and often progressive and includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.

It is also possible to have a problem with alcohol, even when it has not progressed to the point of alcoholism.  Problem drinking means drinking too much at times, causing repeated problems in your life, although you’re not completely dependent on alcohol.
So, you have done the first thing which is make a decision that this has to reduce or stop. I wish I could tell you that that was your hardest decision….unfortunately, I can’t. It will get slightly tougher before it gets better…but you can very well do it.

You can stop gradually by reducing the number of times you drink in a day and then a week, month etc.

Or you can quit cold turkey by stopping all at once. If you choose this the under-listed may be helpful:
• First set a date by which you want to stop and stick with it.
• Discuss your decision with your family and friends and hopefully, they will support you through the process.
• Stay away from your usual hangouts where you’re usually tempted to take alcohol
• You may also want to reduce visits/interactions with your drinking buddies who may make you backslide 🙂
• Find new hobbies that keep your mind busy and help you maintain your resolve.
• If you drink more than two alcoholic drinks each day, drinking less will help to lower your blood pressure. A regular-sized bottle or can of beer or a regular-sized glass of wine are each equal to a single alcoholic drink.
• Remind yourself of the diseases associated with alcohol like hypertension, cancer, Diabetes Mellitus, diseases of the pancreas and liver, psychological and psychiatric problems, loss of libido etc

Have a good night, y’all 😀

Here’s to a healthier you!

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