Swap your usual for…
A smaller drink
You can still enjoy a drink, just have less. Try a smaller bottle of beer over a can or a small glass of wine rather than a large one. Wine glasses today are bigger than ever and can easily hold a third of a bottle.
A lower-strength drink
Instead of a strong beer or wine, go for one with a lower alcohol content (ABV).
A drink with a mixer
Get more out of your drink by adding a low-calorie mixer to make it last longer.
A soft drink or a glass of water
Take a break between drinks and have a low-calorie soft drink or glass of water in between, which will also help you stay hydrated.
A drink with a meal only
Try only drinking at home with your main meal. And not before or after you’ve eaten.
A cup of tea or coffee
When you get the urge to pour yourself a glass, switch on the kettle and enjoy a cuppa instead. The chances are you won’t feel like an alcoholic drink afterwards.
Drinking above the lower-risk guidelines and drinking heavily regularly on just one or two days a week can also be harmful to our health in the long term. So thinking about your drinking as part of a Change4Life is just as important as eating more healthily and finding ways to exercise.