Regardless of how much we drink, alcohol can inevitably have some undesirable effects on our bodies. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to going alcohol-free.
“So, why aren’t you drinking again?” As if we’ve discussed it before. We have not.
I meet them with an, “Oh, just taking a break right now. Trying to be healthy. Whatever. It’s dumb. I’ll probably drink tomorrow.”
Employment is a necessity for most people and can also be very challenging. For individuals in recovery, it can be difficult to maintain sobriety in the workplace.
Alcohol was an exhilarating part of my life for several years—as it is for a lot of people. Gin and tonic were my go-tos, and it was my way to relax at the end of a long, stressful day. It also gave me a way to socialize with others, have fun on the weekends, and let loose a little bit.
The number of people who insist on driving after drinking is on the rise across the United States. Many drivers believe that they can get away with getting behind the wheel after a beer or two. However, driving under the influence comes with huge repercussions, perhaps larger than you can even fathom.
Drink non-alcoholic drinks like an addict—also known as "Sugar Crushing". Juice, soda, more juice.
Avoid most parties. Get comfortable with feeling lonely and weird at home in your sweatpants.
Force yourself to go to a party, because you’re starting to feel sorry for yourself. Resist the urge to talk about your sweatpants and your cat.
Pull your "awkward happy face" when people look at you and ask you why you are so quiet.
Resist the urge to whisper "fuck you" quietly to yourself when they walk away. If you must, whisper it quietly. If needed, practice saying “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME” in the upstairs bathroom.
At family events, take MANY breaks in the kitchen pantry, and practice deep breathing to soothe the cutting remarks & comments from family members about your career choice and lack of children.
Resist the urge to steal and consume the shared box of red wine set up in the family dining room. If needed, take a long, deep sniff of your sister-in-laws glass of chardonnay.
Carb load like crazy. Breads, cookies, more breads.
Drink coffee until as late as 11 PM. Enjoy the sweet relief of having something you are addicted to flowing through your system.
Lie. Answer "cider" when everyone asks “WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?” It is non-alcoholic apple cider, with soda water, and ice cubes in a wine glass. Not lying, it’s cider.
Quiet the voice that is screaming at you that you are torturing yourself by doing laps around your parent's house. Never stop walking in and out of rooms.
Get used to being bored. Like REALLY bored.
When relatives start to slur their words and ask you inappropriate questions, go to the play room and strike up a conversation with your five year old nephew about "butts."
Realize and accept that 95 percent of the holiday "magic" you used to feel in past holidays came from the drinks you put to your lips. Accept the fact that the magical-bubbly-sparkly feeling that had been there every Christmas was primarily from a bottle. The magic that made the snow prettier, made the people more charming, made the financial worries more palpable, and made Christmas Eve mass go by faster. Let yourself feel sad about this.
Start planning today how you will "get through" and make the next Christmas season more fun and rewarding for yourself. Now that you've made it through your first sober holiday season, the worst is over! It will be much easier next year.
Have you ever done a detox? I mean any kind of detox. Maybe like a body detox by juicing or trying to give up caffeine? How do you usually feel while going through it? With anything that we are physically or mentally addicted to, when we decide to stop "using" that thing, it usually comes with some detoxing side effects.
The red lights are flashing when she pulls up to the four way stop.
"The grey Jeep goes first," she tells herself.
"He's got the right of way."
If you are in university then you know you will be having a drink or two. However, you have a problem: you don't like the taste of most alcohol but you still want to fit in with your cool drink. So, I am offering you some non-alcoholic drinks and some with alcohol, but you can't taste as much.