Since my mother passed away; I have noticed that I am drinking much more regularly through the week, beers or a bottle of red wine every other night. It feels there is always a reason to pop open a bottle of red, if I'm cooking a nice meal / pasta etc. or if there is a match on the box It's got to the point where offcourse sometimes it is amazing and I do enjoy it at the time but it's not really something special now more habitual. I tend to drink excessively when City are playing and I'm down at the matches alone (if not travelling with my daughter.) I actually think I use this as a defensive mechanism to help relieve stress and tension and helps me get involved wth the chants and banter. I found the run in very stressful and sure I used drink as a way to help me relax Looking to cut out booze until the start of the season as I really enjoy the social aspect during the football. Any recommendations on how to cut out the booze through the week and save my enjoyment for drinking at the footie? Drinking is not currently causing any problems with family and work but know it would save us a fortune if you consider expenditure is probably between £20 - 40 a week before including weekend football outings I'm not looking at going to see AA, Samaritans, rehab etc. As I don't believe I need this level of help. Expecting posts to tell me to man up but appreciate any advise and if anyone else in a similar routine.