Do you know what’s better than a great night out………. a great night out with no regrets or hangover.
When you’re struggling with anxiety, overwhelm and ‘stuff,’ the odd glass of wine seems like a great plan to feel a bit better. We’ve developed phrases about it;
- Mummy medicine
- Wine o’clock
I’m sure you’ve got your own version.
Drinking too much usually means you make bad decisions. I know they seem appropriate at the time, but in the cold light of day, do you sometimes feel that guilt and regret?
If you know you should probably learn to drink a little less on a night out, these tips are for you:
- Decide how many drinks you’re going to have before you go out.
- Measure your drinks without lying to yourself (a large gin is 2 drinks, not one!)
- As above, stop lying to yourself.
- Drink slowly and try and have 1 alcoholic drink per hour.
- For every alcoholic drink, have a non-alcoholic one.
- Eat something if you’re struggling to curb the drinking.
- If you’re struggling to curb the drinking, see my next few emails.
- Avoid emotional triggers. Stay away from drama, you’re bigger than that.
- Draw up an action plan, write it down and sign it (this is an oath to yourself). Keep it in your pocket as a reminder. Look at it often.
If these simply aren’t cutting it and you’re struggling to drink less, there may be a bigger problem than you think.
When clients come through my door talking about problematic drinking, I always ask how much they’re drinking……..and then double it.
I already know if you want to spend money getting help with your drinking, chances are, it’s already a big problem. And you’ll be lying to yourself and others.
But how much of a problem is it?
Most of the drinking questionnaires ask you about frequency and quantities. My favourite questionnaire (MAST) asks you about life impact. Because that’s where it’s at…….
Alcohol is a problem when it starts costing you more than money.
Total your score on the questionnaire and see where things really are:
My next blog post will give you an idea of what you can do about it.