No doubt about it, society sees drinking as a way to loosen up, wash your worries away, and socialize. Now that you know even small amounts of alcohol intake can increase your risk of breast cancer, you may feel inspired to cut down your alcohol intake or eliminate it entirely. These tips will help you recognize-avoid-cope in social situations.
- Every success starts with a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timebound) plan.
Goal setting really helps increase your chances of achieving success. Planning your resistance strategies using this form is a great place to start. Since you know yourself better than anyone, be sure to start with small, realistic changes and then build from there. For example, if you’re currently having 3 alcoholic drinks per week, you may want to start with a plan to reduce that number to 2 drinks per week. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, consider adding 15 minutes of daily moderate-vigorous exercise! Start at your current comfort level. You can read more about designing SMART goals by clicking here.
- Think of a situation where you may find yourself being offered a drink. How would you refuse it? Practice makes perfect – take your resistance strategies form (above) for a few trial runs!
Pressures to drink come from all kinds of places – some are direct (friends and co-workers) and others indirect (temptation by being around others who drink).
- Learn to recognize the type of pressure . Then, for each situation, choose som resistance strategies.
- Whenever possible,avoiding situations that tempt you to drink is a good strategy. Once you’ve got the hang of saying ‘no’, you’re less likely to have to avoid these events in the future.
- If you can’t avoid a situation, planning your clear, firm, and friendly ‘no’ is important. Keep it short and sweet, and make eye contact.
- Have a non-alcoholic drink in a cocktail glass.
- Ask for support from your peers in social situations (sometimes, this can be difficult).
Remember, it’s your choice!
Recognizing your decision to change as an empowering choice increases your likelihood of success. *You* are the one in charge here.
How others will react or view you is out of your control, and you deserve to have your life choices respected.
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