If you know why you want to drink less and you have a goal. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – National Institute of Health. here are many ways you can help yourself to cut down. Try these tips:

  1. Watch it at home. Keep a small amount or no alcohol at home. Don't keep temptations around.
  2. Drink slowly. When you drink, sip your drink slowly. Take a break of 1 hour between drinks.
  3. Drink soda, water, or juice after a drink with alcohol.
  4. Do not drink on an empty stomach! Eat food when you are drinking.
  5. Take a break from alcohol.
  6. Pick a day or two each week when you will not drink at all. Then, try to stop drinking for 1 week. Think about how you feel physically and emotionally on these days.
  7. Learn how to say NO.
  8. You do not have to drink when other people drink.
  9. Stay active.
  10. What would you like to do instead of drinking? Use the time and money spent on drinking to do something fun with your family or friends. Go out to eat, see a movie, or play sports or a game.
  11. Get support. Ask your family and friends for support to help you reach your goal. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble cutting down. Get the help you need to reach your goal.
  12. Watch out for temptations. Watch out for people, places, or times that make you drink, even if you do not want to. Stay away from people who drink a lot or bars where you used to go.
  13. Plan ahead of time what you will do to avoid drinking when you are tempted.
  14. Do not drink when you are angry or upset or have a bad day. These are habits you need to break if you want to drink less.
  15. DO NOT GIVE UP!