How to drink mindfully this Christmas

With Christmas parties, family gatherings and New Year’s Eve, there’s a temptation to drink more alcohol than you’re comfortable with. Here, Rosamund Dean – author of Mindful Drinking – shares tips for cutting back on the booze without making a fuss…

Rosamund Dean is acting deputy editor of ES Magazine and the author of Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life

Tips for drinking more mindfully this Christmas

1. It’s ALL about preparation. Have a limit in mind, and stick to it. Always buy your own first drink so that you don’t get involved in rounds.

2. Plan your excuse if someone tries you pressure you into drinking. My favourite is to brightly announce, ‘I’m pregnant!’ And then have a right old laugh at their shocked face.

3. Have a signature soft drink. There are so many chic alcohol-free options now, from Seedlip to Ceder’s ‘alt-gin’, you are spoilt for choice.

4. Don’t start telling your drunk friends how great you feel since you started drinking less. This will only make them feel bad about themselves and, let’s face it, they’re going to be feeling bad enough the next day.

5. If you do drink more than you planned, don’t beat yourself up about it. Feeling that you’ve ‘failed’ is the fastest way to slip back into bad drinking habits. Simply learn from it, and move on. Mindful Drinking is not about deprivation, it’s about freedom. So enjoy it!

How are you feeling about the boozing: under pressure, ignoring the pressure or up for it?

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