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How to Have a Safe and Sober New Years Eve
New Years is Fun to Celebrate
Time for a Fresh Start
In our country, and many other parts of the world, New Year's Eve is almost synonymous with getting drunk and acting crazy. Many people who behave rationally and stay sober most of the year, feel free to make fools of themselves on New Year's Eve. In fact, I've heard members of Alcoholics Anonymous refer to New Year's Eve as "amateur night"! By this they mean that even people who are not "experienced" drinkers choose New Year's Eve as the one time a year to get drunk. But is this really necessary in order to have a good time? Are there other, more meaningful ways to have a memorable New Year's Eve without getting drunk?
Even though New Year's Eve is a special time we look forward to each year, we can still stay safe and sober on this holiday. It marks the beginning of a fresh start in life and the end of the old behaviors. If the past year has been difficult, it is the opportunity to put the past behind us. If we are longing for better times in the future, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to have a clean beginning.
There are many safe and sober activities that are fun on New Year's Eve. Instead of getting drunk this year, why not have your family or sober friends join you for an evening of games, videos and watching the ball drop in Times Square on television? Why not decorate cookies, or put together a gingerbread house? Or roll back the area rugs, put on some music and dance? Have your guests share their New Years Resolutions. Everyone could bring their favorite snacks, you could put out some paper plates, and all of you could enjoy an easy-going evening of entertainment! Round out the evening's entertainment with some fun hats, and crazy noise-makers to enjoy at midnight!
Go to a Sober AA New Years Eve Party
If you're a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, sober New Year's Eve dances are held in many cities. They are usually reasonably priced, a lot of fun, and often including a buffet dinner, music and dancing. You'll also know that you'll be in the company of many other people who are laughing, having fun, and staying sober!
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New Years Eve Religious Services
Other people enjoy spending New Year's Eve reflecting on the past year and expressing gratitude for the good things that happened during the year. They may do this at home with their family, or they may attend services at their church, synagogue or mosque. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to put your life in perspective!
There are many positive ways to celebrate the start of the new year, without getting drunk or putting your life in danger by going out on the road. Find out if your religious institution is going to have a special celebration on New Year's Eve.
Keep Your Teens Safe and Sober!
If you have teenagers in your life, New Year's Eve might be a good time to host a sober party for them. Many of them may want to do something special and fun for the evening, but they don't have much experience with alternatives to getting drunk. (After all, isn't that what they always see on television and in the movies?) If you are a parent, Scout leader, Young Life advisor or have teenage relatives, this is a great opportunity to model how people can have fun with their friends, and stay sober while doing it!
Whatever you decide to do, have fun but please stay safe this New Years Eve!
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