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Drink Free Holiday Parties

by Friselina Locadia, LAc

The Holiday Survival Toolkit: How to Not Drink at Parties (and still have fun)

The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means—parties.
Parties at work, parties at church, parties at school, fundraiser parties, caroling parties, Secret Santa parties…

It’s the season of so many parties that we long for a weekend night with nothing scheduled.  All the parties can lead to excess, but the biggest party of the season, New Year’s Eve, can be the topper.  Here are some ideas on how to not drink (or at least drink less) this party season .

Drink Free Holiday Parties, Flashpoint Acupuncture, Quakertown, PA in Quakertown, PABefore you go to a party, it’s good to have a strategy. Use the following list for ideas about how to avoid alcohol but still have fun.
• Eat a healthy meal so you don’t have drinks on an empty stomach
• Drink water before the party so you aren’t thirsty
• Make it clear with the host that you aren’t drinking so he or she doesn’t offer you alcohol
• Bring your own non-alcoholic drinks to the party. Have enough to offer other non-drinkers
• Order drinks that look alcoholic. For example, order a club soda and lime and ask the bartender to serve it like a cocktail
• Order virgin drinks
• Always have a non-alcoholic drink in your hand
• When you go to a party, have a support person as a back-up
• Choose your parties wisely. If the event is likely to have a lot of alcohol, avoid it. Instead, celebrate the holiday season with those same friends through coffee dates or dinners.
• Avoid sugary, “fancy” drinks. Some drinks taste so good you think you’re having dessert, and you forget how alcoholic they are.
• Position yourself far from the bar so you’re not tempted to visit it
• Exercise regularly so your mood is high and you feel good before the party.
• Dance, play games, talk and keep yourself busy so you’re not tempted to drink
• Have regular acupuncture sessions to reduce alcohol cravings
• Practice saying that you don’t want a drink. You don’t need to justify yourself, but you might feel more comfortable if you know what you’re going to say.
• Reward yourself for not drinking with another activity you enjoy.

I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. May the New Year bring you health, happiness and the realization of your dreams.

Happy New Year!!!