The first step to reducing your drinking at business dinners is to approach the night with confidence. By developing a game-plan before you enter the room, you can comfortably enjoy your evening. Consider these seven tips for drinking less while at a business dinner.
1. Set Limits and Remain Aware of How Much You Drink
Set a reasonable limit for how much you would like to drink throughout the evening. Maybe you would prefer to hold off until you've eaten, for example. Consuming alcohol with a meal will likely slow your absorption, which can help you to stick to your limit.
As the night continues, be sure to remain aware of how much you drank. If you set a mental limit of only having three drinks, make a conscious effort to switch to something non-alcoholic after number three.
2. Pace Yourself
Find ways to pace yourself. For instance, have one drink before dinner, one with your main course, and one afterward. Not only will this method help you stick to your limit, but it will also prevent over-drinking early in the evening.
3. Keep Cocktails to a Minimum
Cocktails, and hard liquor in general, have a much higher percentage of alcohol by volume compared to wine or beer. If you want to reduce your drinking at business dinners, keep the cocktails to a minimum. Instead, order a glass of wine or beer. If you do choose to order a cocktail, drink it slowly, and do not have more than one.