With the Fourth of July weekend fast approaching, many people are planning activities that involve grilling, fireworks, and, unfortunately, alcohol.
Today, let’s look at some of the ways that you can celebrate our nation’s freedom while you also maintain your freedom from alcohol addiction.
Tips for Staying Sober at Fourth of July Parties
The best way to stay sober at a Fourth of July party is to come with a game plan. Know whether alcoholic beverages will be served or not. Find out if there will be other people at the party who will not be drinking. If you suspect you might be the only person who is not drinking, enlist a friend or family member to come with you and hold you accountable. Know that you will have to say no if someone offers you an alcoholic beverage and practice what you’ll say before you arrive at the party. Remember that when you refuse alcohol, you don’t have to offer an explanation about your recovery process. A simple “no” is sufficient–and very hard to argue with.
Keep Your Hands Full
If you have a lemonade in one hand and a burger in the other, chances are higher that no one will offer you a drink. And if you’re keeping yourself satisfied with good food, it is less likely that alcohol will seem quite as tempting to you. And if you set your drink down, you should get a new drink to make sure that you don’t mix yours up with someone else or that someone hasn’t added alcohol to your drink without your knowledge.
Find Other Ways to Have Fun
Sobriety is an exciting chance to reacquaint yourself with the things you used to enjoy before your alcohol addiction took control. You may have forgotten how much fun it is to get to know someone you’ve never met before with out the influence of alcohol. When you’re sober, you’re free to experience the taste of food, the dazzle of a fireworks display, and the company of good friends and family with a clear head. Enjoy it! This is what you’ve worked so hard to create for yourself.
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