Do not drink and drive! Cropped image of man showing stop gesture and refusing to drink beer. Car keys lying near

At Lifesum, we’re not all or nothing people. We’re all about balance and moderation. Life was meant to be lived, and it’s okay to enjoy something sometimes, but we strive for more of the good and less of the bad.
So what about alcohol?
Most of us are well-attuned to the negatives; liver damage, potential sleep issues, and of course weight-gain, but there are positives too, so it’s not something you have to cut out entirely from your diet. Instead, we recommend you cut back. Here’s why:

1. You’ll lose weight

Yay for weight loss! Swap your G&T or wine for a bottle of San Pellegrino – you’ll still have bubbles without the extra 1000 calories*!

2. Better sleep Photo of a woman sleeping

While large amounts of alcohol have been known to knock a person out, drinking too much or too late can affect the quality of your sleep. Cut down to experience longer, deeper sleep.

3. You’ll glow Shot of beautiful female runner standing outdoors holding water bottle. Fitness woman taking a break after running workout.

Alcohol dries out the skin, affects the body’s absorption of vitamin C, leaving you with dark skin that bruises easily, and can cause permanent damage to the skin in the form of rosacea, a reddening of the skin around the nose. Cut back for skin that is brighter, stronger, and more nourished.

Stuck for how to cut back? We’ve got a few quick tips:

1. Don’t keep alcohol at home

It’s almost always cheaper to buy alcohol from a liquor store or supermarket than it is to buy it out. Just skip it at home, and when you get thirsty, go for something else.

2. Make buying a drink a treat

Treats are once in a while types of things. Having one everyday isn’t a necessity, so why not make it something you do only once or twice a week?

3. Go for a small glass

Quality not quantity! If you’re a beer drinker downsize from a pint to a half pint, or buy a 330ml bottle rather than a 500ml one; if you’re into wine, go for a small glass, rather than a large; and if cocktails are your thing, pick the fancier ones that come in a smaller serving size.

4. Start with water

It’s easy when you’re thirsty to start with a glass of your favorite beverage, but resist the urge. Start with a large glass of water or two – this will help you slow down when you’re drinking alcohol later as you won’t be doing it in response to your body’s thirst.
*based on consumption of five pints of beer a week.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

All posts by Femi A-Williams