101 Tokens is The Realistic New Years Resolution That Still Lets You Drink (But Smarter)

So it’s January, and you’ve all had just over a week to renege on your oh-so-priestly resolutions. And I’m betting that if they had anything to do with the consumption of alcohol, there’s a good chance that you have.

Not drinking (like, ever again) is every hungover blokes instant fix to all of life’s problems on Jan 2, when he’s still reeking of stale Bundy and regret two days after ringing in the new year. Thing is though, it’s always a lie, and for a simple reason: drinking is loads of fun. Whether you’re imbibing as a social lubricant at family get-togethers, putting the lid on a particularly warm week with a few frosted frothies, or enhancing a delicious meal at your favourite restaurant with a nice Chianti, alcohol is not always bad.

Just sometimes.

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And that’s the genius of Benny Wallington’s initiative 101 Tokens. The idea is super simple: you limit your drinking by allowing yourself 101 “tokens” throughout a calendar year. A sip of champagne at your sisters wedding? That’s a token. A wizard stick of XXXX tinnies that touches the ceiling at your drongo mate’s bucks? That’s also a token. It doesn’t matter how much (or little) you drink in a session, but as soon as that liquor passes your lips, you’ve used one up.

In theory this sounds easy, but it essentially boils down to just under two days a week of booze (on average). Participants record each token that they use and answer one simple question – was it worth it? The idea behind recording whether or not your night on the booze was worth it or not, is to make you consciously evaluate your drinking habits, which eventually helps you to better determine when to drink and when to take a night off.

In Wallington’s eyes, it’s not so much about limiting consumption as it is retraining our minds to develop healthier habits. “Some people call this accountability, we call it retraining your booze brain. It works by helping to draw a mind map of your drinking habits, allowing you to identify how to replicate the good nights. Then fix, or completely avoid, the bad ones” he says.

“With 78% of Aussies believing we have a collective problem with alcohol, it’s no surprise we have lock out laws and harsher regulations. I don’t agree with these and see potential in Australians making a conscious effort to shift this perception. Loving a beer myself; developing this lifestyle was a way to get the best out of both situations. It’s a perfect excuse to say no to a night out, something we find tough to tell our mates in Australia, while picking the best ones to attend.”

With the recent advent of their app, now available on Apple and Android devices, getting on board this clever initiative is as easy as snapping the top off your favourite coldie and tapping your screen. Cheers.

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