Binge Drinking – How to Cut Down

Never underestimate the power of a myth. Fables, parables, legends, falsehoods call them what you will; ultimately they all amount to the same thing. But the way they can spread and somehow become universally-held truths can be startling terrifying, in fact!

One myth that thousands, nay, hundreds of thousands of people believe and buy into is that Alcoholism Rehab Treatment at a residential facility is all about a) going in b) kicking the booze for good, and then c) getting out.

But it ain’t necessarily so
For some people, their motivation for entering Rehab is not to give up drinking altogether, but to reduce their alcohol consumption to a sensible level.

Note: The government advises that people should not regularly drink more than the daily unit guidelines of: 3-4 units of alcohol for men (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) and 2-3 units of alcohol for women (equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine).


Drinkers aren’t all the same
If you drink heavily, and want to cut down but not give up alcohol completely, don’t dismiss spending time at a Private Rehab Clinic where your relationship with alcohol can change, for the better.

At a clinic, in the care and under the supervision of dedicated clinicians, counsellors and other professionals, you can undergo a treatment programme that has been specifically tailored to meet your particular needs a plan that could include a range of modules, from Detox to CBT, and from Nutritional Support to Aftercare.

But if Rehab is simply not an option for you (click here for Rehab payment advice), don’t despair; there are measures you can take at home, and socially, that can help you to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume each week.

A considered approach is best
Alcohol abusers who want to reduce the amount they regularly drink can find it hard to establish a starting point. What’s the first step? How should I even think about this?  What’s the best way to approach this from the off? are common questions that heavy drinkers (who want to change) wrestle with.

Finding a sensible starting point is essential, of course, as an abrupt cessation of drinking and suddenly adopting a healthy living diet and fitness regime without having properly thought it all through can be disastrous, counterproductive, and sometimes even fatal.

What follows are four basic steps to help you get started on sensibly cutting down on alcohol:

STEP 1: Try to change the way you think about what you are attempting to achieve. Yes, tackling alcohol abuse can seem like an almost overwhelmingly daunting task, but if you adopt a measured approach (i.e. taking one day at a time, before progressing onto taking one week at a time etc.), instead of facing a mountain, you’ll be facing small hills.

So, get your mind right at the outset, and the rest should follow.

STEP 2: Don’t tell the world about your intentions. Badgering from other (perhaps well-meaning) people about how you’re getting on with cutting down on booze could possibly drive you to drink more! So, keeping your own counsel and perhaps only telling those closest to you about what you’re trying to achieve is best.

STEP 3: Leave your debit card at home when you go shopping, and only take with you small amounts of cash to cover the cost of the (non-alcoholic) items you need. Having that extra ten or twenty pound note in your wallet or purse could seriously erode your willpower as you glance over at the alcohol section of your local supermarket, or, indeed, the off licences en route!

STEP 4: Establish certain days of the week as your alcohol free days (keeping a ‘drink diary’ might also be an idea), and stick to this. Your liver will love you for it.

Drinking minimally the BENEFITS
No more:

  • Hangovers, headaches, drink-induced vomiting, indigestion, next day lethargy
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Worrying about the increased risk of falling victim to serious diseases, such as cancer, liver cirrhosis and stroke
  • Feeling guilty (and perhaps ashamed) about drinking excessively

And instead, lots more:

  • Energy
  • Money in your pocket Have you ever sat down and calculated just how much cash you blow on booze each week? Try it. But do brace yourself for a shock.
  • Positive reinforcement from people around you (your partner, family, friends, colleagues) who you’ll find will comment on how much nicer you are to be around when you’re not binge drinking.

Talking of money
To find out about Rehab fees (and for helpful payment advice) go here, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised


I could not stop drinking, having tried various methods. After making contact with Rehab Treatment UK I was put at ease immediately. All my options were carefully explained and 2 days later admitted to Rehab. Without the speedy response I would probably still be drinking today, Already, the home is a happier place. Thank you Jane for starting the process for a life of sobriety.
B. Middlesex

Thank you to Rehab Treatment UK and everyone at the Clinic that was involved in my Detox. It has been hard, but the fun everyone has made it, helped to make it easier.
S. Hull