- Be thankful you won't have to worry about being pulled over. It's primetime for checkpoints! I usually volunteer to drive to one holiday party and have even been known to throw a tip cup out for laughs (and dollars!).
- I keep a small list of the five reasons why I am sober in my wallet. Anytime I am faced with a "Sobriety Crisis", I pull it out and read through it.
- Keep a list of your closest resources handy; friends, relatives, sponsors, etc. Just in case you need to make a phone call
- A beverage in a wine glass or, even better, a martini glass, makes life a little easier when attending holiday parties and actually leads to less questions.
- Waking up with no hangover during the holidays means more time to actually enjoy them.
- For every cash bar you have to attend, put money in a jar that you would have spent and treat yourself to an extra gift.
- If the family scene is too much, or you generally have angst around the holidays, volunteering during this time is a great way to appreciate where you are.
- If you are nervous about telling people you are sober, just say "I'm not drinking this evening" Most people don't really care.
- Stash non-alcoholic beverages in your trunk. I never leave home without Diet Coke.
- Take a breather, often.
- And last, allow yourself an out. If you need to leave, just do it. It's ultimately about your well being.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Some Holiday Shortcuts
As the holiday season comes in a whirlwind, I just wanted to share some tips, shortcuts and ramblings, particularly regarding alcohol, over this time. If you have an additional tips, please feel free to comment.