Lady. Please. I know it's spring and the weather is beautiful outside but using flower metaphors when referring to alcohol consumption seems inappropriate. Who actually nips a bud before the flower blooms?? You're talking to a landscape architect!
Try something more medically related like "cutting out the mole before it grows cancerous" or " cutting back on cholesterol intake before a heart attack kills you." Cutting. Pain. Word association. Try something logical, something severe, something that scares me into deciding "Shit must not make that mistake again!" Until then, I'll use self-discipline, which we know, fails once a week.
Word is out though! Alcohol: triple threat! The doctor confirmed that binge drinking is bad for the liver, stomach, and brain. (No amounts of yoga, kombucha, or probiotics can save you now!)