How to Stay Sober on New Years Eve

by Balboa Horizons | December 26, 2017

How to stay sober on New Year’s Eve? 

The champagne is flowing and the party is raging, it’s New Year’s Eve. It’s a universal symbol for new beginnings and a simultaneous threat to those same resolutions.

Drinking can feel like part of the tradition, but it’s also part of the danger – even for those not struggling with addiction. New Year’s Eve is rife with drunk driving and binge drinking. Nearly half (48%) of driving deaths on the highway on New Year’s Eve are alcohol-related (Aetna Insurance). From New Year’s Eve to New Years Day, there is a 71% increase in crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor (Post-Dispatch). In 2015, alcohol-related ER visits more than doubled on New Year’s Day, compared to the average over the rest of the year (abcNEWS).

All the more reason to distance yourself and keep yourself safe on New Year’s Eve. Staying sober in the midst of festivities can feel overwhelming, but it’s not impossible:

Know yourself

Before you head out, take a moment of self-assessment. If you know you won’t be able to resist temptation, it’s best not to go out at all. Risking your sobriety is not worth one night of parties.

Don’t miss out

Sitting at home and sulking can be arguably worse. Too much isolation can lead you to go crazy and break your sobriety. It’s better to find an event that suits you rather than depriving yourself.

Look for sober events

Your local AA chapter, church, or other organizations likely have some sober/dry events going on New Year’s Eve. Spending your evening with likeminded people can keep the night fun and safe.

Be the host

Can’t find a party you like? Throw one! Host a dry event, it can be as small as games and watch the ball drop. You may be surprised how many people prefer a more relaxed evening with friends.

Prepare yourself

If you are going out to a party with alcohol, prepare yourself. Practice saying no, even when others are egging you on. Know when to leave, so you won’t give into temptation and so you can get home safely.

Avoid alcohol, obviously

Have a non-alcoholic drink on hand so your host and their guests won’t have the opportunity to pressure you. Be sure to bring your party face and give others the opportunity to focus on something other than alcohol.

New Year’s Eve isn’t anything you can’t handle, but don’t go in unprepared. Let yourself feel the excitement and the fun, just don’t let yourself fall off the wagon.

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