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It's not your imagination: Sobriety is a trend, and with good reason: if you work your butt in the gym, stay Faithful to your healthy nutritional goals and taking your time For your sanity, throwing one or too many mimosas or wine glasses at the regular's table can be devastating. Even if you do not drink so much until you get hungry, there are some serious health benefits of alcohol: better skin, sleep, weight control, and energy, just to name a few.
There is also the possibility that alcohol sabotages more than Sunday mornings: Alcohol abuse is increasing among young women and we find that alcohol is not nearly as "healthy" as we all would like to believe.
Heads up: If you drink alcohol, because you're worried about addictive behaviors that you've noticed in yourself. The best course of action is to consult a psychiatric counselor, says Whitney Hawkins Goodman, L.M.F.T., a licensed psychotherapist. (According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, this may include "symptoms" such as the following: you end up drinking more or longer than you intended, you tried to stop drinking or stop drinking, but you could not; although it has caused problems with your family or friends, you have renounced activities that were important or interesting for you to drink.)
But if you want to forgo alcohol for health reasons, here are some practical strategies listed for a smooth process of the process.
Consider the reduction of your alcohol intake.
"Some people do the best to cut the cold turkey, but I also think that if you are not ready or determined to eliminate them completely, it could backfire in a social environment," says Angie Asche, RD, Sports diet and sports physiologist. "Personally, I would recommend starting slowly and taking small steps, so if you drink two glasses of wine or beer each night before you go to bed, try reducing it to one for a few weeks, then try one of these Days, then a second day off, and so on. "(Consider drinking these healthy ABV cocktails instead of the usual beverage order.)
Try a months-long challenge.
"Monthlong challenges like" Dry January "," Sober October "," No-Booze November "and Whole30 give people a SMART format (specific, measurable, achievable, result-oriented and time-bound) to reach their goal "says Kristin Koskinen, RDN, a registered nutritionist.
If you succeed in a 30-day challenge, you may even decide to continue after the end of the month. "Taking a drink out for a month can have noticeable results, which may make you need to think about your drinking habits, including not drinking." (For example, celebrity coach Shaun T. gave up alcohol before his birthday, but he felt so good that he chose to stay sober.)
Understand what you get out of drinking before you stop.
"I ask customers to judge what it means to drink a drink that serves them," says Koskinen. "Is it the feeling you get from alcohol, is it suggesting a glass in your hand means the day is over and the pressure is off?" Then think about what you can do to get a similar feeling ̵
Try tasting Kombucha.
When it comes to replacing the experience of a hard drink, good-friendly kombucha is a great choice – especially those containing cayenne or lavender, says Koskinen. "Cayenne pepper provides the extra kick to those who associate drinking with special preferences, and lavender has soothing properties for people who rely more on the biochemical response to ethanol," she says. "If kombucha is not your thing, think of hot lemon water or ginger or lavender tea, lemon and ginger have a bit of zing, and lavender has anxiety-relieving properties."
Notice how it works.
Even if you have never thought that you have problems with alcohol, trying to give up can sometimes reveal your true relationship to the stuff. "In times of sobriety, it's really important to know if you have trouble quitting," says Goodman. "This can be a symptom of a more serious problem – if you regularly give up alcohol from negative consequences and then come back to it, you should check it out."