official: the faint smell of turkey drifts through the air, carols chime on
every corner and lights flicker on the rooftops. The holiday season has
arrived! The holidays are often an enjoyable time for everyone. Not only are
there tasty treats to snack on, but also beautiful decorations to appreciate
and personal time to spend with loved ones. There really is no doubt about it:
it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
for some people, the holidays can actually be a very challenging and even
unpleasant season. Although there might be plenty of food and drink choices
available at a party, oftentimes, if you don’t drink alcohol, your options are
limited. In fact, according to
Alcohol.org, “After the Fourth of July,
the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day…accounts for the most
extreme cases of alcohol consumption.” For those who choose to live an
alcohol-free lifestyle, the holidays can actually be a daunting, overwhelming
or even tempting season.
drinking rates often increase during the holiday season; this means if you’re
does not drink alcohol,
the holidays can be tough to enjoy. Fortunately, there are ways to encourage a
dry holiday season, such as non-alcoholic beverages. If you strive to live an
alcohol-free lifestyle, here are some ideas for how to embrace non-alcoholic
drinks over the holidays.
best way to embrace non-alcoholic drinks during the holidays is to have a plan
in place. Whether you’re hosting or not hosting the holiday party, be prepared
to be surrounded by alcohol. Have an action plan in place when approaching a
situation with alcohol or if there’s an emergency. If someone offers you a
drink, what will you say? If things are too tempting, will you choose to leave?
Have these choices made beforehand, so you don’t have to worry about making a
with someone close to you and share your resolution to be alcohol-free this
holiday season. If possible, ask them to be your support system and “backup” in
case you feel overwhelmed or tempted. By having a plan in place before going
into the holiday season, you will feel more secure and prepared when alcohol
does come up.
you have a plan in place, consider brainstorming other drinks you
can enjoy during the holidays.
Oftentimes, the options at holiday parties are very limited: alcohol or water.
However, there are plenty of other choices out there that can be delicious
alternatives to alcoholic drinks over the holidays. Here are just a few ideas
●Chai tea latte
●Pumpkin spice coffee
you host a holiday party or attend one, have non-alcoholic drink options
available and ready to go in case you want one to enjoy.
encourage your friends and family to give non-alcoholic drinks a try during
this holiday season. Oftentimes, even when we have a non-alcoholic option, we
can still feel isolated when everyone else around us drinks alcoholic
beverages. Instead, try offering up your alcohol-free alternatives to loved
ones for them to try. As more people give non-alcoholic beverages a shot, you
might be surprised to see how many friends and family enjoy or even prefer
them. Then, you can feel more included and involved in the alcohol-free
no doubt about it: when it comes to living an alcohol-free lifestyle, the
holidays can be a challenging time. No matter where you turn or what you
celebrate, you might find yourself surrounded by alcohol, with limited drink
options available. Instead, embrace non-alcoholic drink options this holiday
season. Create a plan for how to avoid alcohol when out and about, have a
variety of drink options on hand and encourage your friends or family to try
non-alcoholic drinks for themselves. The holiday season is all about community.
Gather your community together this year in a healthy way by embracing
non-alcoholic drinks over the holidays.