Health Tip: 9 Ways to Cut Down on Drinking

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(HealthDay News) -- Whether you're drinking too much or too often, drinking alcohol to excess is a habit that some people want to better control.

Harvard Medical School suggests ways to curb drinking:

  • Make a list of reasons to limit drinking.
  • Stick to a limit on how much you will drink.
  • Keep a diary of your drinking.
  • Don't keep alcohol at home.
  • Drink slowly, and never on an empty stomach.
  • Choose alcohol-free days.
  • Practice ways to say "no" to peer pressure.
  • Keep busy with hobbies and other activities.
  • Ask for support from friends and loved ones.

The school encourages you to check with your doctor first, especially if you seem dependent on alcohol.