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6 Ways to Turn Down a Drink at a New Year’s Eve Party

6 Ways to Turn Down a Drink at a New Year’s Eve Party

Recovering from substance use disorder, especially during the holiday season, might be challenging. In particular, New Year’s Eve may be extremely hard for those new to recovery. Come December 31 you may be considering skipping the parties, which might be the best choice for you personally. However, if you do want to join in on the New Year’s Eve festivities, these tips might make it easier for you to turn down a drink at any party you attend.


Just because you’re not drinking alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious non-alcoholic beverages, or “mocktails.” Maybe you’ve grown fond of a non-alcoholic beverage, so bring some of that along with you to ensure you have what you need to get you through the night without any alcohol.

Assert Yourself

You are your greatest ally during your recovery from a substance use disorder. You may need to practice asserting yourself before a party to help you stay sober. “Know your ‘no,'” asserts addiction expert Mark Willenbring, M.D., founder of “Have a stock phrase that’s short and doesn’t invite further conversation, like, ‘No thanks, I’m trying to get healthy’ or ’No thanks, I’m just laying off for a while.’

Devise an Escape Plan

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a party may be too much to handle. Before you attend any New Year’s Eve party, come up with a way to politely excuse yourself from the event should the temptation to use arise. Your recovery efforts are far more important than any social obligation, so do not feel like you must stay at a party if you aren’t comfortable there.

Use the Buddy System

Many New Year’s Eve party hosts won’t mind if you bring a friend or two to the event. Having a supportive, sober person with you might make it easier for you to avoid using. If you feel like you might be tempted to drink, turn to your sober friend to reassure you and help you through cravings.

Volunteer to Be the Designated Driver

Knowing that people are relying on you for a safe ride home may help you refrain from drinking on New Year’s Eve. Not only will your friends appreciate the offer, but you also have a great reason to pass when someone hands you a cocktail.

Turn to Technology

Apps such as Sober Grid, Quit That, Recovery Box, and Sober Tool are available to help those in recovery achieve their goals. With these tools available anytime you need them, you may find the inspiration you need to forge ahead on your road to recovery when faced with what seems like insurmountable odds. These apps help you track your recovery and connect you with others going through the same experience as you.

These are some easy and effective ways to turn down a drink during New Years. If you need more solutions, Life of Purpose is here for you. Contact us today for more information.

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