Why Cut Back On Drinking Alcohol?
Beyond my personal decision to stop drinking, I’ve noticed a movement brewing for people – especially women – especially mothers, to quit.
I can’t tell if these things are popping up on my radar more because it’s something I’m doing or if it’s real, but even when I’m not looking for them, stories abound.
For example, on Megyn Kelly a couple days ago there was a panel of women discussing the perils of using alcohol to escape “mommy burnout”.
In one mom group, articles have circulated about how toxic it is to associate wine with motherhood.
Another (excellent) article popped up on my Facebook timeline about how alcohol is a known carcinogen.
And another discussing how no amount of alcohol is safe.
I absolutely love this wave of alcohol awareness.
Yet I’m aware that for whatever reason, some don’t want to give it up completely and they may never.
The all-or-nothing approach leaves these people out of the conversation and I think that does more harm than good.
My goal is not to vilify alcohol, condemn those who want to drink, or even convince anyone that they need to change.
It’s simply to help people who have already decided that they want to change, to make that change on their own terms.
So, today I want to celebrate the decision and choice to moderate your alcohol intake!
If you feel your drinking is out of control yet you’re not ready to quit completely, here are seven incredible benefits you can expect when you cut back on booze.
And how you can do it too!
1. You’ll Save So Much Money
Alcohol is expensive.
Whether you buy bottles for the house, knock back a few shots or cocktails at the bar, or tack on a few drinks while dining out with friends, the money spent getting your ethanol fix really adds up.
Grabbing 2 or 3 drinks a couple nights a week after work could cost you hundreds of dollars a month, easy.
Picking up a few bottles of wine at around $15/bottle, that’s another $50 or so.
And let’s be honest – if you are binge drinking at all your costs are significantly higher.
Not to mention extra money spent on quick/unhealthy food choices made after drinking.
If you cut back even 20% of that, you will feel it in your finances. And who doesn’t like more money?
2. Your Self-Confidence Will Grow
If you’re naturally more introverted or a little on the shy side, you might use alcohol as a crutch.
I know I’m guilty of this.
The thought of going to a party or social event with no alcohol used to terrify me.
Thinking I wouldn’t have fun was one layer of it.
Thinking I wouldn’t be fun was a whole ‘nother ball game.
When you cut back on booze but still live your life, you’ll come to find that you can still have and be fun even without the juice, and this is such a confidence booster!
3. You’ll Find New Things To Do
When you drink less, some of the things you do for fun may not necessarily fly.
For example, if you normally hang out in bars, when you cut back on booze you probably wouldn’t go as much.
To fill up some of that extra time, finding new, interesting things to do is absolutely the way to go.
These new things can really be eye-opening and life-changing.
4. Your Body Will Thank You
Perhaps the most obvious, when you cut back on liquor your body will get a much-needed break.
Any time spent not drinking is time your body gets to repair from previous damage, and this is only a good thing!
5. You’ll Realize You Don’t Really “Need” Alcohol
If you force yourself to cut back on booze, you’ll find more and more that you don’t really “need” alcohol the way you thought.
You may believe you need it to relax, or you need it to have fun, or to take your mind off stressful things.
But if you challenge yourself to have fun and relax without booze you will find that it’s totally possible!
Even if these ways don’t turn out to be your preferred method, just knowing that it’s doable is huge.
It might prep you for longer stretches of going without alcohol down the line, should you choose to go that route.
6. You’ll Be A Much Cheaper Date
Have you ever prided yourself on the amount of alcohol you can handle or is it just me?
At the peak of my alcohol consumption, I could drink many men completely under the table.
Looking back that is so not hot, but whatever.
I’m just keeping it real.
Moderating alcohol intake gives you the change to reset your tolerance, depending on how much time off you take.
I really liked this about alcohol moderation.
It kept me from binging because after extended breaks I’d feel the effects much more quickly.
I just felt “better” drinking less when I was drinking at all.
And yes, it really does make for cheaper dates.
7. Increased Productivity
Finally, when you cut back on booze you also cut back on cloudy thoughts and dreaded hangovers!
I don’t know about you, but hangovers really sucked the life out of me.
A weekend of heavy drinking usually meant I wasn’t at peak function until Wednesday of the following week at times – sometimes even longer.
Cutting back on drinking just frees up so much time and energy to really get shit done.
It used to shock me when I’d drink heavily then take two weeks off.
Just how clean my apartment got, how full the fridge remained, and how on point I was at work would thrill and amaze me!
You can totally benefit from similar productivity boosts in your own life if you cut back on drinking.
Will You Cut Back On Booze?
In conclusion, everybody knows alcohol isn’t good for you.
Nobody must be told this.
While anybody who drinks could benefit from a cutback, you’d be hard-pressed to find advice to increase alcohol consumption.
If you drink at all, drinking less can only improve your life.
If the idea of stopping drinking completely, forever, is overwhelming to you, that’s okay.
Put it out of your mind for now and focus on what does sound good to you.
What sounds reasonable and manageable for you right here, right now?
Could you see yourself cutting back some?
Just a little can go a long way, and you might change your mind once you get going and begin to experience some of the great benefits of a cutback.
You only know if you try, however.
So, give it a bit of thought.
- 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Cutting Back On Drinking
- How To Drink In Moderation
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