Being mindful of how many and what you’re drinking can help you start to reduce your intake. If you’re interested in cutting back, talk to your friends and family and let them know so they can help support you. Other ways to reduce your intake can include:

Set a drink and budget limit before you start. Follow the guidelines and you'll feel better for it the next day!

Have a few alcohol-free days each week and adopt other healthy behaviours such as going for a walk, gardening or playing sport.

Choose social events or a place where alcohol isn’t easily available, such as the beach or going to the movies.

Limit how much alcohol you have at home - if it’s not there, you can’t drink it.

Space your drinks and alternate with non-alcohol drinks.

Change your routine – if you usually reach for a glass of wine or a beer after work, instead try calling a friend for a catch up or switch on your favourite podcast.

No alcohol is safest when it comes to driving - it's hard to monitor how much you've had to drink - there's too many factors that affect your blood alcohol level.

Last updated: April 2024