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.
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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