Here are some top tips for avoiding alcohol in January (or at any other time)
1) Avoid bars
Suggest occasionally meeting up with friends in a café, the cinema or a museum.
Unearth that dust-covered juicer from the back of the cupboard, and get experimenting with some delicious soft drinks. Try some new teas. Have a tonic without the gin. My favourite alternative is lo-cal fiery ginger beer.
3) Make a friend
Share the experience of not drinking with others
4) Treat yourself
Put the money you’re saving from not drinking to good use. You would have spent the money on yourself anyway so make sure it is a treat.
5) Enjoy easy weight loss
Alcohol is packed full of calories so relish the ease of losing weight through not drinking.
6) Hide the booze
Clear all alcohol out of the house before embarking on your purge, or, at least make it out of sight, out of mind.
7) Get a hobby
It’s important to keep yourself distracted and happy – that way, you won’t fall into the trap of having a glass of wine after a stressful day. Join a book club, start that novel, or sign up to a new course.
8) Delay the inevitable
If you are tempted to have a drink simply say to yourself that if you still feel like one in five minutes you can. Often the urge to drink will pass or lessen especially if you distract yourself or drink something else. You could be just thirsty.
(based on a Daily Telegraph article)