As we enter a new year, many of us are reflecting on what we would like to change about ourselves in 2023.
If you’re thinking of cutting back on alcohol, but not necessarily going ‘dry’ completely, then a ‘wet lifestyle’ may be what you’re looking for as you kick off the new year.
TikToker Hana Elson coined the term for the movement: the idea is that instead of going overboard with alcohol, having a “wet lifestyle” is about aiming for moderate alcohol consumption and avoiding binges.
It can help you find a happy medium between drinking like you’ve been drinking and getting completely sober, rather than settling for consciously thinking about why and how much you’re drinking when you do.
Fortunately, Elson has shared some simple ideas that can be easily implemented by anyone looking to switch to a wet lifestyle.
“The most important thing to remember when trying to change any part of your lifestyle is that small changes in habits lead to big results,” he explains.
In the video, which has garnered more than 25,000 likes since Elson posted it, he shares the idea that “how you start your night is how you end your night.”
Instead of starting the night with a glass of wine as you get ready to go out, Elson recommends drinking a mocktail and drinking water between each alcoholic drink when you arrive at the bar.
Another easy change is to opt for lower ABV options once you’re drinking.
“I want to try a couple more of these because they’re perfect for a humid lifestyle,” says Elson.
Learning to enter a social situation sober can also stop any dependency on alcohol as a psychological crutch, explains the TikToker. It can be easy to rely on a little Dutch courage, but that can lead to problems in your relationship with alcohol.
Elson also shares some slightly bigger changes that personally worked for her while embracing a wet lifestyle, like cutting out drinks altogether, not drinking at all, and always sticking to the same type of alcohol all night.
Now excuse me while we drink that glass of water…