How to Stay Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

What do you think of on St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe it’s layers of green clothing, four leaf clovers or pots of gold. For many people, the first thought that comes with St. Patrick’s Day is… binge drinking. Binge drinking is a popular pastime on holidays, but it seems even more widespread on St. Patrick’s Day. However, this could be because more people are out at public bars, compared to drinking in private over other holidays.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says, “On St. Patrick’s Day, there seems to be more public intoxication. This can give revelers the impression that the only way to enjoy the day is to drink.” While it might feel like everyone drinks on St. Patrick’s Day, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, many people choose to avoid alcohol on the holiday, and so can you. If you want to live an alcohol-free lifestyle, consider these tips for how to stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day.

Host a sober party.

If you want to avoid drinking on St. Patrick’s Day, chances are you’re not alone. More than likely, plenty of your friends, family and neighbors also want to stay sober on the holiday. For this reason, consider hosting a sober party, instead of the typical bar crawl. Invite your friends over to have fun and celebrate together, without any pressure or risk of drinking alcohol.

Attend a parade.

Many communities host St. Patrick’s Day parades, events and festivals celebrating the holiday. See how you can get involved by attending or even participating in a parade. Just be sure to steer clear of the end of the parade, which can often be the site of a party atmosphere. Instead, get that group of friends together again to have a sober hangout afterwards.

Work at an event.

You can’t work or volunteer if you’ve been drinking. If you’re worried you will be tempted to drink on St. Patrick’s Day, take away the option by volunteering to work at a public event. Put yourself in charge of cooking, serving or distributing food, or running different aspects of the event. You and the other people working will be too busy to even consider drinking alcohol.

Be a designated driver.

If most of your friends or family plan on drinking, then offer to be the designated driver so they can get home safely the night of St. Patrick’s Day. While this might not be the most fun option, it’s still a great way to get out and enjoy your evening, without worrying about the temptation for alcohol. Even better: ask one of your friends to hold you accountable for the evening.

Find a buddy.

Speaking of friends, if you plan on going out St. Patrick’s Day, find a sober buddy who can stick with you during the night. Avoiding alcohol is much easier when you have someone with you who understands, supports and encourages your decision. Ask a friend to be your designated sober buddy, so the two of you can stick together throughout the holiday.

Go green and alcohol-free.

Just because you’re sober doesn’t mean you have to drink water all night. Spruce up your beverages with some tasty alcohol-free wine, beers or mocktails. Many bars have non-alcoholic options you can enjoy, or if you stay in for the night, see what you can concoct yourself. Bring along green food dye to add a few drops to your drink, and surprise! No one will even know that you’re not drinking alcohol.

When it comes to staying sober, St. Patrick’s Day can definitely be an intimidating holiday. But, there are still ways to avoid alcohol and have fun at the same time. If you want to live a healthy, alcohol-free lifestyle, keep these tips in mind for how to stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day.