Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity. ~Sammy Davis, Jr.
Today I will be attending two parties. One will serve alcohol; the other will not. I’ll enjoy both parties. The alcohol-free one will be fun since people will be coherent. I’ll also enjoy the other because although I don’t drink, I appreciate watching the changes that come over people as alcohol apprehends their brains. It makes me grateful that I am sober.
There are many reasons why people choose not to drink. They may be driving, on medication, or have a health condition that doesn’t respond well to alcohol. Whatever the reason, sometimes the lure of alcohol overrides our resolve to skip the drink. To help you maintain your resolve, I’ve provided a few tips that may help you through social occasions:
- As soon as you arrive at an event, get a non-alcoholic drink so you have something to hold in your hand and to quench your thirst.
- Focus on conversation. People like to talk about themselves, and if everyone around you is drinking, they may have a lot to say. It may not make much sense, but all you have to do is listen.
- Find others who aren’t drinking. They will probably be relieved to have a lucid conversation.
- If you are looking for comfort or warmth, try hot tea, cider, or cocoa.
- You don’t have to feel deprived. Order something special. Experiment with various nonalcoholic concoctions. Here are some suggestions:
- A “virgin” version of any favorite mixed drink, such as a non-alcoholic piña colada
- Ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, and maraschino cherries
- Tonic with a twist of lemon or lime
- Club soda or seltzer on the rocks with an olive
- Carbonated water with grenadine and a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange
- Non-alcoholic beer with lime (May not be an option for those on a liver transplant list or in an alcohol recovery program)
- Hot cocoa with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon
If despite your best intentions to not drink, perhaps you have an alcohol problem. Here are some resources that offer help.
- Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) www.aa.org
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) www.niaaa.nih.gov
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) www.samhsa.gov
Wising you a happy, peaceful, healthy party season.