Christmas is a time of year when many of us head out to parties. A lot of these parties will be serving alcoholic beverages.
For some people, this is good news, and for others, it’s not so good.
Alcohol can be fun, but it’s not the healthiest choice. It’s high in calories, it contains questionable ingredients, and it can cause a hangover. It’s also not a good option if you are trying to stay sober.
If you are getting invited to parties but want to stay away from alcohol, there is no need to decline the invitation. Here are some ways you can say no to alcohol and still have fun.
If you are tempted to have an alcoholic drink, reach for a nonalcoholic one instead. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. In addition to your standard variety soft drinks and waters, there are also nonalcoholic beers. Many party hosts also make mocktails for guests who would rather abstain.
As soon as you see those hardcore drinks coming out, reach for a softcore one. It will help you get rid of the temptation.
Come with a Non-Drinking Buddy
It’s difficult to abstain from drinking when everyone else is drinking. Make sure you’re in good company by taking along a non-drinking friend. You can support each other in your efforts, and you will be glad to have someone sober to talk to at the end of the evening.
Concentrate on What’s Around You
If you are struggling to stay sober, you may be overwhelmed by the urge to drink. The urge will be reduced if you try to be mindful of what’s around you. Pay attention to the scenery and the conversation so won’t be thinking about alcohol.
There are even mindfulness exercises you can partake in such as meditation and deep breathing. You may consider adding them to your routine if you plan on going to a lot of parties where there will be alcohol during the Christmas season.
Learn How to Say No
Some people may be tempted to drink simply because they are asked. They may feel bad saying no. This can be even harder if someone keeps offering you alcohol to be polite.
To avoid the temptation, think of what you are going to say when you refuse alcohol beforehand. Be direct and to the point. You may even consider adding an excuse such as, ‘I’m on medication’ or ‘I’m trying to stay sober’. That way you won’t be asked repeatedly.
Saying no to alcohol is difficult, especially at Christmastime. The tips in this article will help you out if you feel tempted to partake. What strategies do you use when saying no?