Yes, let’s talk about alcohol

Updated: 5 hours ago

Sure, we can say that alcohol is not good for you and by eliminating it entirely you will lose weight. Is that really what you will do though? Probably not. And even if you did, for a week or two, you would fall hard back into habits instead of influencing a sustainable change.

So, as usual, here are the questions:

When do you drink?

Why do you drink?

What do you drink?

Who are you drinking with?

OK and I’ll add one more….

5. How much do you drink?

These questions will help you consider where you can make changes.

Please Note: I am not telling you to stop drinking

Telling you to stop drinking entirely is, again, not a realistic and sustainable goal.

Instead, consider what types of sustainable changes can be made and sustained. Maybe you can start by having one drink instead of two. Or you can drink twice per week (instead of every night).​

Again, accountability partners may be helpful

If you have a person that you often drink with on your side, you may be able to achieve the goal that you aim to attain. I am not saying that you both have to stop drinking entirely together, but maybe keep less alcohol in your home so it just isn’t there. Or maybe use a smaller glass just to get started. There are many small tricks that you can use to help you on your way.

Tips such as:

*Drinks with less sugar (holy moly margaritas have a lot of sugar!)

*Smaller glasses

*Go out with friends less often or go out for coffee instead of drinks

*Less alcohol in the house

*Or even… address the frustration that is making you drink in the first place (work? relationships? family?) so that you “need” the alcohol less.