Useful tips on managing the booze

At this time of the year, many people are looking at their drinking again and trying to come up with new ways to managing the booze. So we thought putting together a list of our most popular blogs  would be useful.

I’m not sure if I if I have a problem?

As a society, so many of drink in way that harms us that it is actually difficult to know if we have a problem in managing the booze. So you might find these posts useful if you’re unsure.

Check out whether you have a problem here.

Compare your drinking to other people


Should I give up the booze altogether or just reduce?

Everyone is different, for some people giving up the booze altogether works for them (known as sobriety). For other people reducing what they drink works better. (Known as harm reduction) While the most common approach is sobriety, reducing drinking works for many people as well. These posts will be useful if you’re trying to make a decision.

What is the best approach for you?

Lisa’s story on how sobriety did not work for her.


I’ve decided I’m managing the booze, where do I start?

It’s really important to plan how you will manage the booze. Here’s a few things to consider.

One simple tip that really helps

Why you should set a target for your drinking

What to do if you get cravings

Will alcohol free drinks help?

Understand your pros and cons of drinking


What to do after a blow out

Most people will have set backs. They’re a normal part of trying to make any change. Think of the little toddler trying to learn to walk. Initially they just keep falling down. They may cry or hurt themselves but that does not stop them trying again. So these posts  help you manage setbacks.

Why failure is a step on the road to success

How to get back on the wagon


I need more help

If you’re finding it really difficult  managing the booze on your own, then help is available.

There is an online community originally set up in England where you can talk to other people. While the main approach is sobriety there’s lot of useful support from other women. Find out more here

Or if you think you need one to one  support  these posts will be useful.

Would a counsellor be useful?

Key questions to ask an alcohol counsellor

Do I need a residential rehab?

You can find a complete listing of all services that can help you manage the booze here.

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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