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Staying Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

While drinking is a common feature of most holidays, there are only few where it seems to be the main event–New Year’s Eve, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day. When you live in certain areas, just leaving the house puts you at risk of getting drunk. If you’re in recovery, St. Patrick’s Day can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions to get you through it.

Offer to be the designated driver.

If you are in a place where you can safely be around alcohol and your friends want to go out, commit to driving. This gives you an easy out whenever someone offers you a drink and an extra incentive to stay sober.

Have somewhere to go.

If you find yourself in a boozy crowd of the kind common around St. Patrick’s Day parades, you might feel cravings come on. There’s alcohol everywhere, you can smell it, and maybe crowds make you feel irritable and stressed. It’s good to have somewhere to go in a pinch if it starts getting to you. It could be a friend’s house nearby, or a coffee shop. It could be anywhere you can breathe and get away from green beer.

Go to a meeting.

A lot of groups have St. Patrick’s day meetings. Even if you don’t want to go to a meeting instead of going out, it might help to go be supportive and get some encouragement.

There are ways to celebrate Irish culture that don’t involve drinking.

No, really. There’s bound to be some event in your area dedicated to showcasing Irish culture. There’s likely to be Guinness and Jameson’s but you’ll also find celtic music, wool sweaters, and corned beef and cabbage.

Host your own sober party.

Make your own corned beef and cabbage, blast The Cranberries and Flogging Molly, and invite some friends over. You probably know some other people who would like a sober place to spend St. Patrick’s day. It doesn’t have to be a fancy party. In fact, the more laid back, the better.

Stay home.

Unless you’re the kind of person who loves crowds and traffic, it might be better just stay home on St. Patrick’s day. Parking is always a nightmare during parades and the streets will be mobbed with drunk drivers. Unless you have something particular you want to do, you might end up having a much better time at home watching Tom Cruise try to do an Irish accent in Far and Away.

Every holiday has its challenges. There’s a lot of drinking on St. Patrick’s Day but it also comes and goes pretty quickly. If you plan ahead a little, you should be able to have fun without risking your sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox safely and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.