Mindful drinking is learning awareness of how and why you are consuming alcohol. Most of the time people consume alcohol without much thought. When asking yourself “Why do I consume alcohol?” you may come up with surface answers such as; “It’s something I’ve always done”, “it’s a key component to socialising”, “getting together with friends would be boring without it”.
What you need to be reflecting on is a deeper why, many people respond with – “it helps me relax”, “I can socialise better after a couple of drinks”, “it helps me loosen up”, “I’m the life of the party when I’m drinking”, “It brings out my sense of humour”. Working out your why, your real why sets you up for putting in the ground work needed to drink mindfully. Once you have established why you feel you need alcohol to “bring out” your personality or make you feel comfortable in situations, you start taking your power back and allow yourself the room for growth.
Mindful drinking allows you to be intentional with your decisions around alcohol instead of mindlessly consuming in excess and finding yourself in situations you swore you’d never be in (again)!
Mindful drinking allows you to change the conversation with yourself, arming you with skills and knowledge to find the you who has been there since the beginning ~ before alcohol entrenched itself in every aspect of your life.
When you start off on this journey you may intend to keep alcohol in your life, in the process you might discover that alcohol doesn’t support you and decide to give it the flick entirely. EITHER option is fine. Mind The Sip is here to help you reduce your consumption and that most certainly will look different for everyone.
Mind The Sip’s recommendations are aligned with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines. Up to 10 standard drinks per week, no more than 4 standard drinks in any day. Noting that zero is always the healthiest and safest amount (moderation for some can be a slippery slope to excess).
Disclaimer: content provided is not to be substituted for medical advice.