Many people are learning how to moderate their drinking—a good thing. Drinking becomes a habit and there are ways to create new habits such as moderating just how much alcohol is ingested.

With many different solutions for different people, here are a few suggestions: If you are drinking every day, cut it to six days. Drink one less drink at an evening out. Watch the slowest drinker and take a sip every time he or she does. Keep water by your drink and take sips.

One thing is certain, being kind to yourself is the most important gift you can give to you. Creating new habits takes time and there are mess-ups. After all, we are all human. Be patient; be a good friend to yourself. Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing there is. Being good to ourselves makes life so much happier.

There are support groups for moderating drinking as well as one-on-one consultations. Support is key. Just like Weight Watchers, people are more likely to keep the weight off with consistency. Commitment to learning how to moderate your drinking helps you feel proud of yourself and that’s a great feeling.

Romola Hodas works with clients to facilitate moderation of drinking. She offers her work on Zoom for convenience and also has a space in Boynton Beach. For more information, call 917-863-1533, email [email protected] or visit