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How To Have Fun At Holiday Parties Without Drinking Alcohol

Updated on August 13, 2013

Having Fun Just Being Sober

Do you know how to have fun at Holiday parties without drinking alcohol? Christmas and New Years are coming up within the next couple of weeks and there will be many Holiday parties throughout the world.

For anyone that has had and problem with drinking alcohol, and has stopped drinking alcohol lately or even years ago,still wonder how hard will it be for them to get through the Holidays without one drink of alcohol.

I know for myself, that question always remains in the back of my mind, especially during the Holidays.

When someone that had a drinking problem and abused alcohol for years, than they decided that it was time to change and sober up, this is the question they think to themselves. "Can I make it through the Holidays one more years without drinking alcohol?"

It is a rough road out there when you are so used to partying it up during the Holidays with family and friends, and then all of sudden you realize you made a pack with yourself that you would never drink alcohol again and are now living the life of sobriety.

What to Remember When You Are Tempted to Drink

Here are a few things I remember when the urge comes to drink alcohol during the Holidays and I know I can not, for I know what will happen if I did. Yes, relapse, just like anyone that has had an alcohol problem and stopped drinking.

  • I remember how hard I worked to get to the point of long term sobriety.
  • I remember how I acted while drinking alcohol.
  • I remember how I became distant from all those that didn't drink alcohol, and hid in my own little world.
  • I remember how afraid I was to drive home from that Holiday party, worrying about being pulled over for drinking and driving, but you what, just as so many people drink and drive, the alcohol makes us have no fear to drive home. Remember saying these words, "I can make it home and make it safely."
  • Think of how you would feel the morning after if you broke and took that drink or drinks of alcohol at that Holiday party.
  • Think to yourself, this is only another day even though the word Holiday is associated with that particular day. It isn't any different than any other day in the week, except a gathering of many people all in the same place to celebrate the Holiday.

Couldn't Wait to Party for the Holidays

Yes, so true, many people prepare way in advance to get that party together and have a great time drinking and eating to wee hours in the morning, but what happens if you stopped drinking alcohol? can you have just as much fun or even more than you would if you were drinking alcohol?

I was one of those that couldn't wait to host a party or go to someone house during the Holidays and drink and eat on their dime. Free food and free drinks, Oh ya, that sounds wonderful right.

Do you know how you act when you have drank too much alcohol? Well from experience, we act a little funny and as the night goes by we start to make a total ass our ourselves, because many of us that have a drinking problem just don't when enough is enough. Does that sound familiar to you?

I used to have fun drinking at Holiday parties and was told how funny I was until I took that one drink of alcohol that put me over the edge, from be funny and laughing to being a total ass and making a fool out of myself by the end of the night.

Now since I have been sober over three years now, I have been told at these Holiday parties that people thought I was funny when i drank, but I was much more funny being sober.

When you are one that doesn't drink at a party you see with your sober eyes just how people start to go downhill slowly while they have drink after drink throughout the night.

At least if you are sober and don't drink alcohol you and I can get into a car and drive home with not a worry in the world of being pulled over for drinking and driving. What a wonderful feeling that is, to know you are a responsible person and treasure your life and others that are on the road while you are.

You can have non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, water and soda and have more fun than if you were drunk and acting like a fool and the best part of all of this is that in the morning you will feel refreshed, happy and ready to get your day going, rather than waking up with a massive hangover! That alone is worth not drinking alcohol during that Holiday party!

Having fun during a Holiday party is very easy. (JUST BE YOURSELF) and believe me you will be the life of the party.

Get your non alcoholic drink, coffee, tea, soda, etc and some great food and just talk and socialize as you would if your were drinking, but this time is a sober way.

© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Laurinzo Scott - Thanks so much for these words you speak. you are right on the money my friend. In fact I wrote a hub a while ago regarding why everything in life revolves around alcohol, Ex; cook outs, weddings, birthdays, showers, holidays,watching ball games and so on. All I do now is party without alcohol, and love ever second of it. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Years!! Thanks again !

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      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      The thing that most intrigues me, is that why so many people don't ever even consider partying without alcohol. So many of us equate having a good time with slamming a few down... and it is nice to see some concrete suggestions for those in sobriety or not.

      Have fun , and just living life is enough to keep to room spinning, and if you look hard and close enough you don't need any spirits to do that; but the positive spirit within you!

      Great hub!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Sunshine625It is so nice to see you again and thanks for commenting. Don't start to drink. Take my word on that. Not worth it at all!!! I too am the life of the party so people tell me and I am completely sober. I thought I was the life of the party when I drank, but I guess not.

      Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Years!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I absolutely agree! Alcohol and I don't get along well and I don't drink BUT I have considered starting a few times. OK, many times. I have no problem just being myself and having a good time. I could get the party started :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      dailytop10- Hello and thanks for the comment. I have a hard time finding people that "don't drink" at parties, but you are so right, the food is great, something I never did (eat) at parties , only drank and then when I went home I pigged out and then passed out. Not anymore, food only for me. Have a Merry Christmas !!

      Carol- Thanks Carol for reading and your comment. Your are right, a DWI is no fun and certainly not worth drinking and taking that chance. Not only that, as you said. you are putting yourself and other innocent people in harms way. Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

      tipstoretireearly- You can say that again. I can't wait to dig in and eat and just watch others get drunker and drunker. Feels great not to drink alcohol anymore. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

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      5 years ago from New York

      One of the most enjoyable parts of a holiday party is the food. You often can enjoy interesting foods that you've never seem before.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Good hub for people having to skip the drinks....Actually when going to parties or out for dinner we are careful about how much we have...A DWI is certainly no fun..and also the fact that you are a menace on the road. So we drink at home..and just moderately. Great suggestions for those in fear of the holidays.

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      5 years ago from Davao City

      Great food can replace alcohol. However, this might be a bad choice for people who are conscious regarding their diet just like me. So in parties I simply pick a group of non-drinkers and have a fun conversation with them. This is a really timely hub. Thank you for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year's to you too. I'm glad you enjoyed the Jimmy Buffet part. Lol.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lovedoctor926- Thanks so much for reading and your comment. I like the part about the jimmy Buffet part lol. I want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Years too. All the best to you :)


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      5 years ago

      These are safe holiday party tips. I don't think that someone needs to get drunk to have fun. The last thing you want to is to act stupid or aggressive in front of family members and friends. A glass of red wine with dinner is fine for me, but nothing more than this if not I get too tipsy. Lol. speaking of virgin drinks, you just made me think of the pina colada song by jimmy buffet. if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, if you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain ,if you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape, then I'm the love that you've looked for write to me and escape."


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