10 Ways to Cut Down Your Booze Intake and Still Have Fun
There’s a dark irony that underlies most nights out at the bar. You start off with good intentions — maybe you’re celebrating a birthday or a graduation; maybe you’re just hanging out with friends — but one glass of wine turns into two; two into three; three into shots of Patrón; four into…
What happened last night? And whose pajamas am I wearing?
But an evening of drinking doesn’t have to end in disaster. There are ways to reduce your booze intake and still have fun.
Low-proof libations are a growing trend among millennials who are trying to cut back on traditional spirits like whiskey, gin, and vodka. Socially sipping on an apéritif or drinking an Aperol spritz won’t have you slurring your words, but it still delivers a short, pleasant buzz. Low-proof mixology is a blossoming trend within the high-end bar scene, with bartenders giving vermouth, sherry, and Campari prominent roles in many creative cocktails. Using these lower-proof wines and spirits as a drink’s foundation — most are under 20 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) — allows other ingredients, like artisanal bitters or fruit juices, to be more pronounced.
Here are 10 drinks and strategies that will help you cut down your booze intake while still having a good time.