Alcohol and good times seem like the perfect marriage. But we often forget about, or choose to ignore, the harmful impacts of drinking on our health. Understanding these health implications can help motivate you to ditch the drink.
Before you don your next party outfit, learn ways to socialise without alcohol — and still have fun!
Brief yourself on the effects of drinking
Binge drinking is not uncommon in Australia. One in 3 people drink more than they should on a single occasion. If you drink too much alcohol, you may end up making poor judgement calls, injuring yourself, feeling dizzy, vomiting, being hungover — the list goes on.
For some people, it only takes one drink for them to feel tired and headachy the next day.
Don’t forget how alcohol really makes you feel
Even though drinking alcohol may make you feel relaxed and good initially, it can also make some people angry, depressed and anxious.
Enjoy the benefits of not drinking
Celebrating without booze can instantly benefit your physical and mental health plus your finances.
You’ll be more focused and energetic and have better relationships with friends and family. Your skin will thank you, and you’ll save money.
Alcohol can also interfere with your sleep. While it may make you fall asleep easily, the second half of the night could be disturbed with sleeplessness, night sweats, nightmares and headaches. Without alcohol, you’ll have restorative, deep sleep, leaving you more energised for the next day.
Master the art of hosting without alcohol
If you’re hosting a party and don’t want alcohol to feature, create an environment that’s less appealing to drink in. Make your party a daytime event and choose an alternative venue to a bar. Invite your friends to do activities such as:
- rock climbing
- picnic games, for example, soccer, volleyball and four-legged races
Provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks such as iced tea and homemade fruit coolers, and food that’s more substantial than snacks.
Be prepared for others to quiz you on going booze free
Prepare a response to fire back at those who ask you why you’re not drinking. This will help you to stay focused on your goal of not drinking. Check out some clever one liners by the great folk at Hello Sunday Morning.
Party smart, not hard
Don’t attend every social event that you’re invited to. Consider avoiding parties where it may be difficult for you to say no to a drink.
If you do find yourself in a triggering situation, call it a night. Don’t feel bad about leaving. Your health and wellbeing are more important than staying.
If you can, bring your own yummy non-alcoholic supplies so you don’t feel left out.
For more information:
- Read out about quitting alcohol.
- Support a friend who's struggling with alcohol.
- Learn how alcohol can affect your mental health.
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