Each year, the Big Game is an exciting time that brings people together. For many, the day is all about drinking with friends and enjoying the game. With an abundance of alcohol flowing freely, it can be tempting to relapse. In this blog post, we'll explore the consequences of drinking during the Big Game and provide practical tips and strategies for staying sober on game day.
The Risks of Drinking During the Big Game
Let's face it; there's no denying that alcohol is a central part of Big Game celebrations. Whether you're at a party with friends or enjoying the game in the comfort of your own home, the temptation to indulge in libations is hard to resist. However, excessive drinking can have severe consequences, especially if you're in recovery from alcohol addiction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving fatalities increase on the Big Game day by nearly 50%. Not only can drinking and driving be deadly, but relapse can lead to severe physical and psychological harm.
Strategies for Staying Sober
The key to having a sober Big Game day is to plan ahead and take proactive measures to avoid alcohol. Here are some practical tips and strategies for staying sober on game day:
1. Bring Your Own Non-alcoholic Drinks
It's always a good idea to have your own beverages on hand, especially when there's a possibility that alcohol may be present. Bring your favorite non-alcoholic drinks to the party so you always have something to sip on.
2. Attend a Sober Big Game Event
Many organizations host sober Big Game parties. Attending one of these events is an excellent way to avoid temptation and stay sober.
3. Stay Active
Engage in physical activities by playing video games, taking a walk, or playing a game of touch football with friends. Doing an activity you like will keep your mind preoccupied and free from thoughts of alcohol.
4. Talk to a Sponsor or Recovery Coach
If you're struggling to stay sober, don't be afraid to reach out for help. Call your sponsor or recovery coach, attend 12-step meetings, or reach out to a rehab center as soon as possible. They can provide you with the support and guidance you need to get through the day.
5. Avoid Triggers
Certain triggers can make it difficult to stay sober during the Big Game. People may offer you alcohol or make fun of those who don't drink, leading to feelings of anxiety and discomfort. Triggers can also include being around friends and family who drink or watching alcohol commercials on TV. Recognizing what triggers you into drinking and developing a plan to address them is essential.
6. Remember Why You Chose Sobriety
Finally, it's essential to remember why you chose sobriety in the first place. Think of the progress you've made in recovery and how drinking will set you back. Also, remember that staying sober on the Big Game day is achievable, and you can make it through the day without alcohol.
The Big Game can pose a daunting challenge to those in recovery or struggling with alcohol addiction. Remember that your sobriety is essential, and it's achievable to enjoy the game without alcohol.
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