Many of us enjoy a drink every now and again, whether that’s a beer with your friends at the pub or a glass of wine with dinner. But if you’d like to try drinking less alcohol, try some of these easy tips.
Know how much you’re drinking
Find out your drink’s ABV, which stands for ‘alcohol by volume’. The lower the number, the lower the alcohol content – so check the label and opt for drinks that have less alcohol in them.
Make sure you know how much you’re drinking by measuring your spirits instead of pouring them freely – a standard UK single measure is 25ml.
Another easy trick is to alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks, which will help ensure you stay hydrated.
Try a twist on your usual
If you’re normally a white wine drinker, why not try a white wine spritzer as a refreshing, lower-alcohol alternative?
Look for wines that are naturally lower in ABV. Vinho Verde wine is a refreshing, zesty white from Portugal that can be as low as 9.5% ABV, like our Vale dos Pombos Vinho Verde.
For fans of higher-ABV beers, opt for a half or even a third of a pint instead. Alternatively, try a lager shandy or skip the alcohol completely with a mocktail.
Explore the world of alcohol-free drinks
With more people than ever choosing to cut down on their drinking, there’s never been a better time to sample the latest alcohol-free beers, wines and even spirits. We stock a great selection of low- and non-alcoholic beverages.
For those who like wine, there’s our Co-op Low Alcohol Sauvignon Blanc which is just 0.5% ABV. Beer drinkers can try a refreshing Heineken 0.0, which is 100% alcohol-free, while cider drinkers could go for a sweet, sparkling Kopparberg Mixed Fruit Alcohol Free Cider which is just 0.05% ABV.
How Co-op supports responsible drinking
Since 2007, we’ve been working in partnership with Drinkaware to encourage people to enjoy alcohol responsibly. To keep health risks to a minimum, it’s recommended you don’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis. Adding more Drink Free Days to your week is a hassle-free way to cut down the overall amount you drink, across the year. Find out more at drinkaware.co.uk.
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