In 2012 TIME Magazine reported that alcohol accounted for 20 billion dollars of the economy. Alcohol is frequently found at parties and social events, but it is highly addictive and can cause problems if not used responsibly. There are ways to enjoy a party and spend fun times with friends and family without alcohol.
Partying with Alcohol
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and makes people act in a way they normally would not. Drinking is often considered a great way to “loosen up” or relax.
At a party alcohol may be combined with other substances. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 23% of Americans use or are dependent on alcohol, and 15% of these combine it with cigarettes or other tobacco products. SAMHSA research shows that the overuse of alcohol in party situations leads to the abuse of other drugs because of the loss of decision-making skills due to inebriation.
Partying without Alcohol
You can have fun with friends and feel good without alcohol. Organizations, universities where alcohol and parties are prevalent and government agencies provide alternatives to using or abusing alcohol at parties. Some options for sober parties and drug-free events provided by universities, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are as follows:
- Spend time outdoors
- Have a barbeque
- See a movie
- Have a home movie marathon
- Play group board games
- Have a bonfire
- Discover new restaurants
- Go to a concert
- Find non-alcoholic tropical drinks
These alternatives provide a safe way to enjoy time with friends while allowing for positive new experiences and memories. Alternatives to driving allow for safe and fun events and moments of laughter with those that you care about.
Alcohol Addiction Help
We all want to enjoy ourselves and spend time with friends and family in a relaxed, party environment. There are ways to enjoy parties without the use of alcohol or addictive substances. If you are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, seek help immediately. Please call our toll-free number today to get connected to treatment resources that will meet your individual needs. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you in finding the treatment you need to live life to the fullest. Call us today.