In a recent SMH article Peter FitzSimons asserted: While it is a better night with grog, it is a better life without.
But giving up alcohol, even for a short period, is pretty hard to do in Australia where alcohol is such a huge part of our cultural fabric. Yet the benefits are manifest. So today Kelly (a very sometime drinker) and Carly (a more frequent drinker) discuss the benefits of taking a month off the booze and share how to do so without becoming a social outcast.
- People equate “having a drink” with “relaxing”, so find a different way to relax.
- If you’re used to having a glass of wine each night to chill out, try a spritzer, light a candle or make a pot of tea (this is a lovely calming ritual).
- Try to avoid social events where people will be drinking heavily.
- Set boundaries and choose drinking day – eg. One on Thurday, one on Friday, one on Saturday.
- Have a glass of mineral water with lemon – it looks like booze and will get people to lay off.
- Make your intentions known. Own your choice and don’t feel like you’re being deprived.
- Don’t apologise for it.
- Reward yourself.