It's surprising how many of us don't take notice of our drinking. Have you ever absent-mindedly refilled your glass, or had another one just because it was there, for example? Or perhaps it happens almost without you noticing how much you've drunk?
Mindful drinking is a simple approach that draws on the philosophy and practices of mindfulness. The skills of mindfulness are straightforward to explain – paying attention, being curious about your experience, treating yourself kindly – but they take time to practice and become second nature. If sometimes we feel like we’re going through life on autopilot, the act of paying attention is a great place to start.
If there’s a drinking situation in your life that’s making you unhappy and you want to adopt a more mindful approach to your habits, there are four questions you can ask yourself to gather information about what's happening.