9 ways to cut down on drinking

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Would you consider giving drinking up?
Would you consider giving drinking up?

Whether you're drinking too much or too often, or simply decided to give alcohol up as a resolution, drinking alcohol to excess is a habit that some people may want to better control.

Experts at the Harvard Medical School suggests several tips to curb drinking:

  • Make a list of reasons to limit drinking.
  • Stick to a limit on how much you will drink.
  • Keep a diary of your drinking.
  • Don't keep alcohol at home.
  • Drink slowly, and never on an empty stomach.
  • Choose alcohol-free days.
  • Practice ways to say "no" to peer pressure.
  • Keep busy with hobbies and other activities.
  • Ask for support from friends and loved ones.

Experts strongly encourage checking with your doctor first, especially if you seem dependent on alcohol.

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