Take care of yourself

It’s not selfish to look after yourself — it helps you be there for others.

Eat some food

Eating before or during drinking is important. Your body absorbs alcohol slower when your stomach is full, which means you don’t get drunk as quickly.

Have a good meal before you go out, or build the meal into your night out. Make it something more filling than chips — salty foods will make you more dehydrated, which means a worse hangover.

Have a rest day

If you drink every day, one of the best things you can do for your body is to have a no-alcohol day. Start with having two alcohol-free days a week, and build from there.

If you have never taken a day off from drinking, it’s hard to break the habit. But it gets easier every time.

Say no when offered a drink

You decide when, where and how much you drink. No one else should ever make that decision for you.

Rehearse a way of refusing drinks, like "No thanks, I'm cutting down" or "Not tonight, I've got a bad stomach" or "Sorry, doctor's orders”.

You can make a request for a non-alcoholic drink, like "No thanks, but I'd love a coffee."

If people persist, ask yourself why they are so keen to see you drinking more.