How to Reduce Your Alcohol Intake with a “Driet”

01 March 2016
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Is it time for a "Driet"?

By Natalie Dau, Finder Blogger: The Fit Friend, and co-founder of Urban Remedy

If you haven’t started the year off as planned, and have been drinking one too many nights, it may be time for a “driet”, also known as a drinking diet.


Not unlike how some people watch their calories and go on a diet for better health and shape, a “driet” helps people who want to drink less.

Before you panic, it doesn’t mean you have to go completely dry, rather just take on a few things that will help.

There is actually a recommended level of drinking for the best results. For some people, it could be as much as 50% less than what they are already used to every week. But really, any reduction is already doing your body a favour.   

At the very least, try not to drink every single day. 

Not sure how much you are really consuming? Keep a drinking diary, so that you can track consumption and make your adjustment accordingly. Use a mobile app, like Drink Control that helps you control the habit, track your alcohol intake (and expenditure) and get an alert when you are reaching your limit. 

Have a mocktail, as an alternative to a cocktail or alcohol

Water it down — choose to have a half serve or make water your alternate order.

Join a fitness group or gym as you will definitely find like-minded people there who are also keen to cut down. You will be more motivated with a support group, and you can still hang out with them but drink less, together! 

Just think how amazing you will feel waking up on a Sunday morning (especially when you have kids to take to early morning sports events)!



About Natalie Dau

Having worked in global roles in the corporate consulting world for over 20 years, Natalie Dau left this life behind and followed her deep passion for fitness and health when she started Urban Remedy with Holleigh Mason. With the aim of being Asia’s number one wellness portal, Urban Remedy is about making healthy living options accessible to everyone – no matter age, race or income through global and local information, service directories, events, wellness programs and products, and for those wanting it, a very personalised wellness experience tailored to each individual through communities, content and a wellness dashboard.


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