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8 simple but effective ways to reduce your alcohol intake over Christmas

By Joe Young | Medically reviewed by Lauren Sien

Painting the town red (and white) is a common occurrence over the festive season. From raucous office parties to cosy evenings with a mug or three of mulled wine, alcohol is often the centre point of festivities. While it’s often part of the fun, it can make achieving your health goals particularly challenging.

Let’s look at 8 ways to make it a bit easier. 

1. Set your limits

Before you dive into the Christmas social scene, decide in advance how many drinks you'll have. This will keep you merrily on track without going overboard. 

2. Alternate with water

Alternate your drinks with water or something non-alcoholic. This strategy not only keeps you hydrated but also slows down the rate of alcohol consumption. 

3. Choose wisely

Lighter drinks such as vodka soda, tequila with lime, gin with slimline tonic, or a light beer are smart decisions. It’s best to limit cocktails laden with cream, coconut milk, or sugary juices, since they’re also laden with sugar, calories, and fats.

4. Savour the flavour

Treat your drink like a fine wine, even if it's not. You’ll enjoy it more, it’ll last longer, and you’ll wake up fresher. 

5. Cut out the alcohol

Alcohol-free beers and gins are all the rage now. If you're not ready for a full commitment, consider mixing your drinks: one regular, then one alcohol-free.

6. Stand your ground

It’s fine to say no. If someone's nudging you to have another drink, remember your limits. You’re in control of your own choices. 

7. Lean into rest days

Alcohol-free days give your body a much-needed break, and can add a bit of variety to the celebrations. 

8. Listen to your body

If your head’s spinning and your knees are heavy, it’s probably time to stop. Switching to non-alcoholic options is often a wise move.

The numan take

Take charge of your drinking this Christmas, so you can enjoy every occasion without writing yourself off. Prioritise having a good time - with or without a glass in your hand.