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Just 17 Really Good Tips On How To Drink Less That People Swear By

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Maybe you're having a dry January after a holiday season filled with indulgence. Or perhaps you're feeling sober curious and are considering giving up booze all together.

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So we asked the BuzzFeed community to tell us their best advice for cutting back on alcohol or giving it up all together. Here are some of their responses — a mix of tips, tricks, and products that might make things easier along the way.

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1. Keep your fridge stocked with (really good) beverages that aren't alcoholic.

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Keep booze-free beverages on hand so that if you feel like having a drink, you can satisfy that craving with something tasty and non-alcoholic — and a little more exciting than plain water. Think: flavored seltzer like La Croix, San Pellegrino Italian sparkling drinks, or ginger beer for starters. —Hannah Loewentheil

2. Grab a copy of Quit Like a Woman, a book that might help you see alcohol and the whole culture around it differently.

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Chrissy Teigen even gave this book a shoutout, explaining that it's been helping her stay sober.

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3. Try mixing up a concoction with a non-alcoholic spirit.

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There are so many non-alcoholic spirits on the market that can take the place of booze. Ghia is a booze-free apperitif that's herbaceous and bitter and can easily take the place of your nightly negroni. Other popular brands worth checking out include Seedlip, Lyre's, and Kin Euphorics. If drinking alcohol usually helps you relax or socialize, swap in one of these beverages instead. —Hannah Loewentheil

4. Read The Alcohol Experiment, an inspiring book that doesn't preach or shame.

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"This book and online forum by Annie Grace doesn’t assume you will stay sober or even change your drinking habits. She doesn't push anything onto the reader and leaves the journey up to you." —Erin Nelson

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5. Drift peacefully into booze-free sleep with melatonin.

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"I used to rely on alcohol to calm my nerves and help me get to sleep peacefully. Since giving it up, I've been taking melatonin instead. It's helped me reduce my alcohol intake and fall asleep quickly." —cheyannefaithc

Read more: I Tried Olly Sleep Gummies with Melotonin (and Loved Them)

6. Curate your Instagram feed to keep you on track.

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"Follow a bunch of sober accounts on Instagram. You’ll learn a lot, and they'll keep you motivated." —courtneyj4b40503e4

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7. Pair up with a sober-buddy to keep you motivated.

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"Find a partner or two who will actually hold you accountable. When you think you want a drink, call them. It might help you dig a little deeper into why you really want that drink." —courtneyj4b40503e4

8. If it's legal where you live, smoke weed instead.

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"Instead of booze, I use cannabis to be social or unwind before bed." —Peoplermean

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9. Or try a CBD product to de-stress.

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Derived directly from hemp plants, CBD or cannabidiol can make feel "high" without any of the mind-altering effects of marijuana or alcohol. If you rely on alcohol as a stress-reliever, you might enjoy CBD. The oils, creams, and edibles can relieve pain, reduce anxiety, focus, or even help you fall asleep. —Hannah Loewentheil

Read more: 15 CBD Products We Actually Use And Really Like

10. Plan out activities that don't involve drinking.

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"Take the time to plan activities and nights out that don’t include drinking. Go to a board game cafe (or have a game night at home), go bowling, or cook something fun at home." —alexac43d787f37

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11. Pour yourself a cup of herbal tea.

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"Instead of drinking alcohol I have herbal tea. Kava in particular helps me feel more relaxed but without any of the side effects of alcohol." —amymhickey

12. Replace the habit of drinking with another one.

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"If drinking has become an everyday activity, replace it with a new, healthier one. Instead of drinking, I've been going to the gym, which has made me feel both happier and healthier. If you feel an urge to drink, try going for a walk instead." —mollycookiem

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13. Or take up a hobby in its place.

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"When I want to drink, I do 15 minutes of some kind of exercise, but you can substitute drinking with any hobby you enjoy. Instead of picking up a drink, pick up a book and read, or try coloring, crafting, etc... You can rewire your brain by substituting one habit for another." —Turnip Cake Dreams

14. Take a break from bars and restaurants. (Which will be especially easy to do right now!)

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"I stayed away from bars, restaurants and parties where alcohol is prevalent for a couple of months while I kicked the drink. Over time, it became easier to be around people who were drinking, and six months later, it very rarely bothers me. Some days I can tell it will be too hard to say no, so I opt out of certain activities or situations, but other days I feel so good about my decision and who I am without drinking." —loris4373feb64

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15. Sip on a non-alcoholic beer.

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"Athletic Brewing Co makes phenomenal non-alcoholic brews. I particularly enjoy their Golden Ale, but their IPA is also very refreshing. Even when I'm not following dry January, I stock up on them. If you were to pick one out of a cooler at a party, you probably wouldn't realize it's non-alcoholic." —joannasnodgrass

16. Make a mocktail instead.

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"When I gave up alcohol, I started making fancy mocktails so I wouldn't feel like I was "missing out." That was about two years ago, and now mocktail making has become a hobby. Especially during social events, I’ve found that having a drink in my hand keeps people from offering me alcohol." —K3L534

"Try making your favorite drink without alcohol. I don’t miss drinking, but I looooove margaritas! So I just make them without the alcohol." —heathers4e72f23c5

17. Give yourself small, realistic goals to work toward.

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"Take things day by day. Rather say 'I'm never drinking again' you can replace that thought with 'I'm not drinking today.' When you set small, achievable goals for yourself, they’re easier to stick to." —jasminew43748375e

Do you have any tips, advice, or products that have made it easier for you to cut out alcohol? Share in the comments below!

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