Want to drink less during the festive season? Here are some tips…

Want to drink less during the festive season? Here are some tips…

Christmas can leave even the most enthusiastic drinker feeling the worse for wear and many people at least feel conflicted about their alcohol intake over the holidays.

SO, HOW are you going to control your drinking over the festive season? The yuletide celebrations which so often involve early cocktails and flutes of celebratory champagne and long Christmas dinners with lashings of wine followed by liqueurs can leave even the most enthusiastic drinker feeling the worse for wear. Many have decided they want to drink less during the festive season.

Meet Annie Grace

Former high-flying marketing executive Annie Grace was one such drinker. By her mid-20s she was downing two bottles of wine a day while holding down a top job and functioning at home, although she’d wake at 3.33 am every night, worrying about her health, feeling disgusted with herself.

Grace, who lives in Colorado, carried on in this manner until her mid-30s, by which time she had a husband, Brian, and two sons, who are now aged 11 and eight. Her third child, now three, wasn’t yet born during her drinking days.

Christmases Past

“I spent a lot of Christmases in a stupor,” she admits. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to drink until at least 5 pm’. Then it would be two or three drinks in the afternoon. Some Christmases would be starting off the day with Mimosas (champagne and orange juice). We’d end up drinking the entire day.”

The catalyst came one Christmas.

“I remember my son came over to me and I asked him to sit on my lap and he said, ‘No mum, you smell bad and your teeth are purple’. It was very clearly because of the wine I’d been drinking. It really affected me. I didn’t hit the proverbial rock bottom but when I think of tragic moments, that was certainly one of them.”

Drink Less During The Festive Season

She tried to cut back on drinking but found herself drinking more. Setting strict rules and limits for herself didn’t work. As her mindset shifted, she realized she wanted to drink less but it took three years for her to stop completely in December 2014.

During this time, she set out to understand why she was in control in every other area of her life. Through research, she learned about alcohol, the brain, and the body, which resulted in her book This Naked Mind.

It examines how the unconscious mind has been conditioned about the benefits of alcohol, how alcohol is the only drug you have to justify not taking, and how not drinking is seen as being boring.

Start Reading

If you need advice on how to drink less during the festive season, start reading This Naked Mind for free right now!

She explores the reasons people drink and offers ways to find freedom and discover happiness without alcohol.

Click here to read Annie’s tips on drinking less at www.irishnews.com

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