I can’t count the number of times in the past that I planned to just have one or two drinks – for whatever reason-and it turned into a full out binge where I woke up the next morning not remembering how I got to bed or what I did before I got there. Does this sound familiar?
Well I eventually LEARNED how to stop binge drinking – and it took a while to figure out – but this is what works for me and I’d like you to give it a try:
- Know your mindset BEFORE you drink – H-A-L-T: are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired…or thirsty, bored, sad, etc.? Then ATTEND to these issues first, otherwise you are destined to binge drink in an attempt to resolve these issues.
- Have something planned for the next day where you want to be alert, energetic and at the top of your game?
- Decide on your limit (mine is usually 2 or 3 glasses of wine or beer) and when possible, only have that much available to you.
- Pace yourself! For best results, start out with a non-alcoholic beverage FIRST, it quenches your thirst, fills you up and it sets the tone for civilized sipping versus frat-house style shot-slamming. Then pour ½ servings of wine or beer into your glass, or dilute your mixed drinks, and SIP.
- Alternate non-alcoholic beverages – or have something like water sitting next to your alcoholic beverage to drink as you go. What I do is have a club soda or sparkling water going at the same time and I DRINK the club soda for thirst and then I SIP on my wine for taste.
- Plan what you’ll do when you reach your limit- Stop drinking and switch to something intensely pleasurable to signal the end of the drinking and to switch gears. I switch to a small piece of dessert like dark chocolate mousse or a small slice of cheesecake and a cup of decaf coffee. OK – I hear some of you say, “I can’t eat dessert…I’m on a diet.” Well here’s a wakeup call…you just consumed who knows how many calories and grams of sugar while you were drinking…and what if you continued to drink instead of using this technique to help you stop drinking? A 300-400 calorie piece of dessert is pretty insignificant in comparison.
- Then go to bed soon or if it’s earlier in the day or evening do something physical. Getting O2 pumping helps to metabolize the residual alcohol and metabolic by-products that can leave you feeling a little icky and wanting to drink more to feel better again.
So after you try these steps, let me know how they worked for you – or if you came up with your own strategies. I look forward to hearing from you! LIZ@moder8now.com