Enjoy a night out
Taking time out to be social is important for everyone – whether it’s enjoying a night out with your mates, having a meal at your favourite restaurant, spending time and having a few laughs with family or dancing up a storm at a nightclub. However, these activities are often associated with “wine and dine” or “having a few drinks” and sometimes that becomes more than just a few! Too often you “mates” will be encouraging you to “drink up!” and sometimes that peer pressure feels irresistible.
Just because you’ve chosen not to drink alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t have a great night out! Here are a few ideas to help you keep your healthy lifestyle and avoid feeling pressured.
Just because you’ve decided to give up drinking doesn’t mean you have to give up your social life or your boozy friends. Making good life choices is essentially up to you. Improving your quality of life for your future.
Some suggested steps
1. Out and proud
Honesty is always the best policy. If you have decided to stop drinking and transition to a happy, healthier you – share this with your friends and family and be proud about your life choices. Who knows, maybe they’ll join you?
2. Find a friend
Sometimes being the only sober person in your friends or family group can be hard. Volunteering to be the designated driver who will also keep a responsible eye open in case of emergencies is always a popular move. And the chances are, you won’t be alone, see if you can befriend another non-drinker or designated driver to enjoy the evening with. It can be very amusing to share a laugh as your ‘not so sober’ friends create alcohol-fuelled moments of amusement!
3. Roll with the punches
It’s important to note that, with the consumption of alcohol, the level of brain activity is reduced and motor function is significantly lowered. This means that you occasionally may find yourself on a slightly different wavelength to those who are drinking around you. People say and do things they don’t always mean, or lack the ‘brain filter’ they otherwise would have in place. So you may have to ‘go with the flow’ and let a few comments and actions go through to the keeper, whilst being supportive and tolerant to those you are with.
4. Cheeky conceal
As mentioned previously, being honest should always be your first course of action. However, an easier and less confronting method to manage non-drinking is the ‘cheeky conceal’. When you’re out, before meeting your friends or family, head to the bar and speak with one of the bartenders. Explain, discretely, that you don’t want to drink alcohol and for them to replace any drinks orders with a mocktail (alcohol free) or with lime and water. Most people will just assume it’s vodka or gin and be none the wiser.
5. The disappearing act
There may come a time in the evening when your tolerance levels have reached their peak, and your patience is wearing thin. This is when you should disappear with grace and integrity without saying something you may regret the next day. While some people may consider leaving without saying farewell is rude, the likelihood is that people won’t remember anyway.