The holiday season offers many opportunities to drink alcohol. If you want to drink less during this time, think about why you do it. Do you drink as a response to the stress of the holidays? Do you drink at holiday parties because you feel awkward or a little bored? Regardless of your reasons, try these tips for drinking less during the holidays.
De-stress Before Socializing
The holidays can mean extra stress, so some people end up drinking more or faster. If that sounds like something you do, reduce your stress before you enter a social situation.
Find a way to relax that doesn't involve drinking. Try breathing exercises, getting a quick massage, taking a bath, getting a pedicure, or going to a workout class.
Don't Stay Til It's Over
Have an exit strategy before you even arrive at a party. Allow yourself time to socialize with the people, and then go home before you get bored.
Parties that extend beyond midnight can evolve into nothing but drinking. You might find it helpful to give yourself a time limit or to catch a ride with a friend who isn't drinking and may want to leave early.