Tips on how to survive the festive season booze-free

The festive season is upon us and has become synonymous with excessive alcohol consumption.

How can people survive the so-called party season without drinking any booze?

Read: You don't owe anyone an explanation for why you don't drink - sobriety advocate

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains that there's a difference between those who can drink moderately, almost alcoholics and functioning alcoholics.

Gourand is a recovering alcoholic and the founder of World Without Wine, a sobriety community which provides support and workshops to people trying to quit or cut down.

Also read: 'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

She says it's important to treat festive season as a challenge, evaluate when how long it will last for you, and use the money you would have spent on alcohol on helping others.

Read more: There's no shame in taking a break from booze, says sobriety advocate

Gourand offered some survival tips for party season without drinking:

  • pick and choose your parties selectively
  • go to events with a firm resolve that you're not going to drink
  • come prepared and take your alcohol-free drinks with you
  • prepare your reasons for when people inevitably ask why your not drinking
  • "fake it till you make it" and commit to making an effort for at least an hour

Read the full list on her website.

Whether you're sober, taking a break or just trying to cut down, treat the festive season as a challenge.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Let's face it, alcohol is the only drug that we have to justify not taking... Alcohol is a drug, and I think we forget that. That's how we get hooked.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

The nice thing is that you can actually drive yourself home. You're much less likely to be involved in a horrific accident.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

If you can keep your consumption down to one and a half bottles of wine a week or six beers a week, then that's fantastic.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Gourand shared her expert advice and several listeners called in to share their stories of sobriety and struggles with mocktails and alcohol-free drinks.

Listen to the full conversation with Africa Melane:


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