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