“I’m never drinking again.”
If ever been hungover, especially after passed from young adulthood into the throes of adult-adulthood,might know this refrain. It’s followed by a week or two of temperance, only to get derailed by a birthday party or other social gathering.
After singing this refrain myself during this fiery summer, I find myself exploring a slow-to-no approach to drinking that has me happily in bed by midnight. I’m desiring the creativity, quiet, and productivity of a booze-light weekend over the social bar scene, and I’m all-too-ready to ditch the bar tabs.
“I find myself exploring a slow-to-no approach to drinking that has me happily in bed by midnight.”
Most of all, I’m ready to say goodbye to those indulgence-driven headaches that seem to come harder and faster with each passing year.
So I was excited when I saw the buzz around being sober-curious: how casual drinkers are rethinking their habits and opting for lower consumption. I find I’m not alone in exploring my behavior—and am part of a larger movement towards a “less is more” approach. So, if hoping to cut back (or cut it out!) here’s how I’m approaching this curiosity.
Lazy weekends are my most vulnerable time—because, I tell myself, why not? Especially if I’ve spent the heat of the day hiking with my husband; we too easily convince one another to head to a local brewery to finish out the afternoon with a brew and some oversized lawn games. Cute, right? But it can open the door for a highly unproductive and binge-y evening.
“Get to knowpatterns; watch whentend to reach for a drink and start practicing awareness around it.”
Get to knowpatterns; watch whentend to reach for a drink and start practicing awareness around it. If a casual drinker, challenge yourself about why drinking a cocktail instead of a non-alcoholic alternative. Check in withemotions, howphysical body feels, and engage on the benefits and drawbacks of this consumption.don’t have to put limits on yourself just yet, but really really noticebehavior.
This can helpbecome more thoughtful aboutapproach. Mindful drinking is a thing, and research shows that practicing meditation can help casual drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption.