repost: #28 holiday survival guide for recovering alcoholics

Here’s an outstanding post from Moody Thursday at Living Free of Alcohol on getting through the holidays. Oh, come on. You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there and many of us are still there. So take advantage of some free tips.

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Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years:

1. It’s okay to turn down a drink, to ask for a non-alcoholic drink, or to bring your own.  A few years back I went to a New Year’s party at an acquaintance’s house.  Politely, she offered me a drink when I arrived, and I asked for coffee or hot chocolate.  Around midnight, it was time for everyone to toast with champagne– and I asked for anything non-alcoholic.  I got a nice sparkling drink, and we all toasted merrily.  The whole situation was not awkward at all, and I never feel bad turning down an alcoholic drink anymore.

2. If you’ll be spending the holidays alone, don’t reach for that drink.  I’ll be alone this year (sigh), but I will not be reaching for a drink to “ease my pain”– mainly because that’s B.S., as drinking multiplies 

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best song writer of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. And I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better.

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