How does New Year’s Eve affect alcoholics?
This holiday obviously marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new year. For generations it has been the standard to celebrate the coming of a new year and the possibility of success that a new calendar year may bring. Like most holidays celebrated in America, however, we have decided as a nation to bring alcohol along to help us celebrate the coming of another 365 day year!
For as long as I can remember, New Year’s Eve has always been connected at the hip with alcohol. You have the standard New Year’s Eve party where people begin drinking early in the day and continue drinking until the ball drops at midnight. You have those vivid New York City visions of millions of people in the city of Manhattan chugging champagne while confetti falls and the ball drops.
You have strangers kissing strangers after drinking a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new year!
For many of us this is harmless fun that happens once a year! But for those of us who are addicted to alcohol or are lifelong alcoholics, New Year’s Eve can be a horrible time where we basically white knuckle our way through the celebration and evening. Those of us who are alcoholics know that we cannot just have one drink and celebrate the new year. If we decide to drink on New Year’s Eve, as alcoholics, it may be March or April before we stop and try to sober up.
Here are some tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in a healthy manner.
Surround yourself with family and friends who will help you not drink and will help you remain clean and sober throughout the evening. Don’t put yourself in harmful situations like attending parties where you know people will be drowning themselves in alcohol.
And on the other side of the coin, don’t find yourself alone on New Year’s Eve, where loneliness and sadness could creep in and cause you to drink. We here at The Addictions Coach 1-800-706-0318 are here for you on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and any other day of the year if you are struggling with alcohol.
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Have a safe and sober New Year!
Dr. Cali Estes and the team at The Addictions Coach & The Addictions Academy