Holiday Tips

Ten tips for going on holiday whilst becoming alcohol-free:

Plan ahead. Think about what activities you want to do and where you want to go, and choose places that are less likely to be centered around alcohol. For example, you might want to avoid all-inclusive resorts or bars.

Pack your own non-alcoholic drinks. This is especially important if you’re traveling to a country where it’s difficult to find alcohol-free options. There are many different brands of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and cocktails available, so you can experiment and find what you like.

Be honest with your travel companions. Tell them that you’re not drinking alcohol and ask for their support. This will make it easier to avoid temptation and feel more comfortable in social situations.

Have a plan for what to say if someone offers you a drink. You can say something like, “I’m taking a break from alcohol” or “I’m the designated driver.” You can also offer to get the drinks for everyone so that you have more control over what you’re drinking.

Focus on the activities. When you’re not drinking, you have more time and energy to enjoy the things you’re doing on your holiday. Make a list of all the things you want to do and see, and make sure to schedule them in.

Take breaks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or tempted to drink, take a break from the social situation. Go for a walk, listen to music, or read a book.

Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s okay to say no to a drink, even if it’s someone you know well. Remember, your sobriety is more important than anything else.

Be kind to yourself. Sobriety is a journey, and there will be ups and downs. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. Just pick yourself up and keep going.

Stay connected to your support system. Let your friends, family, and therapist know that you’re going on holiday and that you might need their support. They can be there to encourage you and help you stay on track.

Choose activities that are physically active and engaging. This will help to keep your mind off of alcohol and make it easier to stay sober.

Spend time with people who are supportive of your sobriety. Avoid people who are likely to pressure you to drink.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are many resources available to help people who are sober, including online support groups and hotlines.

Enjoy yourself! Sobriety doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun on holiday. In fact, you’ll probably have a better time because you’ll be more present and aware of your surrounding

Remember, you are not alone. There are many people who have gone on holiday without drinking and had a wonderful time. Just follow the tips above and enjoy your holiday!

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