April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and that got us thinkin’ about drinkin’.
For many people, drinking is a part of life. Social life anyway. In our twenties particularly, drinking can feel like it’s inextricably linked to friendship, dating, and even work. So what if we don’t want to drink? Or maybe we do, but we’re not interested in getting drunk? Perhaps alcoholism runs in our family or we’re on antibiotics. Maybe we’re trying to get pregnant or we simply hate the taste. There are infinite reasons why you might want to hold off on the sauce, but social pressures can nudge you into drinking more than you’d want to, or make you feel bad if you don’t. So here are some tips on how to avoid drinking too much, or maybe at all:
- Don’t drink to accomplish anything. Drinking to unwind, calm down, or escape is not only dangerous, it’s just not very effective.
- Don’t be embarrassed to tell people you don’t feel like drinking today, it might inspire them to put down their glass earlier than usual.
- Club soda can be your best friend! Not only does it keep you hydrated, it often comes in a real glass with ice and a lime so people will leave you alone about why you aren’t having a drink. The carbonation also helps keep you sipping, rather than gulping, so you can enjoy it. BONUS: At most bars it’s totally free.
- Offer to be a designated driver. You are officially the most popular person in the room.
- Remember that just because you may not be drinking a lot or at all, doesn’t mean the other fun of being social is off-limits. There are no laws against laughing at stupid jokes, dancing on tables, flirting up a storm, and staying up till 3- even if you’re sober.
For more information on Alcohol Awareness, check out our information on the subject http://www.ifiknew.org/?tag=alcohol-2