If you’re newly sober, avoiding holiday drinking can be especially difficult. At Banyan Detox, we know that sobriety is possible during the holidays and beyond; it starts with a solid foundation and a solid support system. Here are our tips for staying sober for the holidays and beyond by avoiding temptations for holiday drinking.
The holidays are incredibly dangerous when it comes to road safety. Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s see increases in traffic accidents and fatalities1. This increase in road-related dangers is due, in a large part, to the heavier drinking that’s often associated with holiday celebrations. Another condition related to heartbeat abnormalities and heart issues increases during the holidays. During holiday binge drinking, a person can ingest more ethanol than normal, resulting in Holiday Heart Syndrome, a condition that can be deadly2.
Whether you’ve recently completed alcoholism treatment or you’re now aware of alcohol’s dangers and you’re looking to stay safe this holiday season, it’s important to have fun without drinking. Here’s what to do instead of drinking at parties: