Sober Celebrations

It might be tempting to get through the lockdown holidays with a tipple, but you don't have to.

Well this year has been sh...eriously a doozy. 

It might be tempting to crack open the bottle at any and every excuse:

You've been working really hard
We've made it to Christmas
It's 10am...

Basically any minor win you can think of is the perfect time to whip out a boozy hot chocolate or eggnog.

However, many are turning to the teetotal, or low-alcohol lifestyle, or even getting ready to try Dry January, so why not check out our tips for an alcohol-free holiday.

It’s okay to say ‘no thanks’ if someone offers you a drink - you’re not obligated to drink if you don’t want to. There are always soft drink options available. 

When you’re drinking, you lower your inhibitions. Of course you want to enjoy yourself and have a good time, but alcohol isn’t a requirement. Really listen to people in conversation, enjoy them opening their presents and embrace the moment. 

Just because you don’t want to drink alcohol, doesn’t mean you have to just drink orange juice all season. There are so many exciting options for alcohol-free which are just as good as a fancy cocktail.

You don’t have to shun all alcoholic beverages if you don’t want to, but sometimes appreciating the drink or the occasion can make it better. Treat yourself to a glass of bubbles on Christmas or the New Year countdown, or have a really nice glass of red wine, rather than just the cheapest bottle with the highest alcohol percentage.

It's always best to be aware of your limits and not putting yourself in a dangerous position of getting too drunk. If you want to drink - do, but always be safe. That way you’ll have the best time, and remember it in the morning. 

Many pubs and bars are restricted on what they can serve and when at the moment, so why not take this as an opportunity to spend this time with your friends and family (safely and within the restrictions). Being sober doesn't mean that the party has to stop or that you can't have fun - look at it as a chance to do things a little differently! We've been doing that all year, why stop now?

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