Beware of rounds – If you’re drinking in rounds this normally means you're trying to keep up with the fastest drinker in the group. You can stay in control by opting to take part in smaller rounds with a couple of friends or even better, giving the rounds a miss altogether.
Grab the grub – A meal before you go out and snacks between drinks can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol and help you stay in control.
Small is beautiful – Consider swapping a pint for a bottle or a half or a large glass of wine for a smaller glass. Buying spritzers and shandies will also help you cut down and stay in control.
Soften up – Alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks slows down your drinking and means you will drink less over the course of an evening. Consider taking a bottle of water on to the dance floor with you.
Preloading Preloading involves drinking alcohol on private premises prior to going for a night out in a pub or club and drinking more alcohol. Research has shown that people who preload are more likely to become involved in violent crime or injure themselves.