Limit time spent in bars
Does alcohol have health benefits? Possibly, but it is also known to raise the risk of several medical conditions (including certain cancers), particularly if consumed in excess. If you want to cut back, there are a number of things you can do to help make that easier. For example, try to meet friends, dates, or business associates at a coffee bar, not a tavern, says James E. Sturm, MD, a family medicine doctor in Columbus, Ohio. If the point of the get-together is fun, casual conversation in a friendly, loose environment, there are many ways to do that without the alcohol. Other possibilities include bistro-style restaurants, bowling alleys, and even sushi bars. Drinking this much alcohol can seriously affect your hormones.
Watch sporting events at home
Watch sporting events with friends at your home or theirs. A night at a sports bar almost guarantees a morning with a headache. It can be hard to resist the temptation to guzzle beer in a room filled with beer guzzlers. “Avoid triggers or areas and events where there is a tendency to drink more – like sporting events,” says Dan Valentine, PhD, vice president of clinical services at Laguna Treatment Hospital, American Addiction Centers, in Aliso Viejo, California. Make your watch party even better with these easy to make mocktails that contain zero alcohol.