Have you ever googled “how to drink less alcohol” or “tips for cutting down”?
If you have, you’ve probably noticed that the same few suggestions or “strategies” are repeated over and over again on various different websites.
When you keep seeing the same advice everywhere, it’s natural to assume that it must work… and when it doesn’t, you blame yourself.
If this sounds like you, we need to have an important conversation about these so-called “tips”.
I talk all about it in this week’s video.
Common tips on cutting down that don’t work
Waiting until a certain time before you begin drinking, only buying the alcohol you plan to drink that day, buying wine in those really small bottles. Alternating every other drink with water. Limiting the amount of money you take out with you. Buying alcohol you don’t really like the taste of. Adding lots of ice to your drinks. Only drinking on certain days of the week or buying low-alcohol versions of your favourite drinks. These tips might give you a few initial wins and work once or twice, but in the long term they will fail.
The problem with these so-called “tips”
There’s no science behind these ideas. And there’s a limit to the number of ways you can control the use of an addictive, mind-altering drug. Which is why you see those same few ideas repeated over and over again. The big problem with these so-called tips is that they do nothing to address your desire for alcohol. In fact, if anything, they increase it. When you just try cutting down, you’re not doing any of the mindset work – all you’re doing is taking away something you like!
Drinking problems are thinking problems
Right now, you think that drinking does certain things for you. You think it’s enjoyable, that it helps you manage certain emotions and provides a certain benefit or service. You have a relationship with alcohol, so you can’t just remove booze without working on your thoughts. Inside my Getting Unstuck coaching programme, we focus on changing your thinking, so alcohol seems much less appealing to you. That’s how you get true freedom from booze – by making it small, irrelevant and unimportant.