On a night out
Set yourself a budget
Only take out a set amount of money to spend on alcohol.
Turn up later and you can drink less. But don’t drink at home before you go out.
Take your time
Drink at your own speed. Don’t feel pressured to keep up with others.
Give it a miss
If someone’s getting a round, don’t feel like you must have a drink.
Sit one out
Buy yourself a soft drink when it’s your round.
Replace your usual
Try a smaller glass, or a lower-strength drink, or add a mixer.
A ready-made excuse
You can always tell your friends you’re cutting back on drinking to watch your weight.
Drink a pint of water before you start drinking and avoid using alcohol to quench your thirst.