St. Patrick’s Day will be here in a few days. Many people in the U.S. don’t really know what this holiday is for and it has become an excuse to drink green beer, take shots of Irish whiskey, or sip Irish coffee. If you are in recovery from alcoholism, it can be a difficult day. Resist these drinking temptations by avoiding bars or boozy parties.

Tips for staying sober and having fun this St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Throw a sober celebration: Support others in sobriety by hosting a non-drinking get together.
  • Go to a support group meeting: attend a meeting and expand your social network and support system.
  • Decline invites that will lead to relapse: plan ahead so you won’t fall into a trap and make an impulsive decision.
  • Start new traditions: celebrate Irish culture in an alcohol-free setting. Community centers often have fun events scheduled. This could be a parade, Irish music, or dancing.
  • Enjoy an Irish feast: cook classics like corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie.
  • Stay in: Have a movie night or game night with friends.

While St. Patrick’s Day can be a booze-centered holiday, it doesn’t have to be! Rock a green shirt and enjoy some sober, festive fun!

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