Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.

The holiday season is known for joy, celebration, and, for many, a bit of indulgence. However, as the festive season approaches, it’s essential to approach the merriment with mindfulness, especially when it comes to our alcohol consumption. “Rethink Your Drink” is not just a catchy phrase; it’s a call to action for a healthier, happier holiday season. 

1. Set Realistic Goals:

Start by setting realistic goals for yourself. If you usually enjoy a drink with your evening meal, consider changing this to every other evening. Small, achievable steps make the process more manageable and sustainable.

2. Alternate with Mocktails:

Keep the holiday spirit alive without the spirits. There has never been more choice for non-alcoholic beers, cider, wine and spirits so start trying a few to find your festive favourite. Explore the world of mocktails – alcohol-free cocktails that are just as festive and flavourful. Experiment with exciting ingredients like fresh fruit, herbs, and sparkling water to create a refreshing alternative. Get our favourite Minty Berry Mocktail Here. 

3. Stay Hydrated:

Water is your best friend when striving for a mindful holiday. For every alcoholic beverage, follow it up with a glass of water. Not only does this help keep you hydrated, but it also slows down the pace of drinking, giving your body time to process the alcohol. Not to mention saving money by swapping a pint for a glass of tap water. 

4. Plan Alcohol-Free Activities:

Break the tradition of centring all holiday activities around alcohol. Plan outings and events that don’t revolve around drinking. Whether it’s a winter hike, a game night, or a festive movie marathon, broaden your holiday traditions to include more alcohol-free experiences. Keep an eye on ASCERT’s socials for our Christmas movies recommendations this December. 

5. Communicate Your Intentions:

Let your friends and family know about your decision to cut back on alcohol. Having a support system is crucial, and sharing your intentions helps create an environment that aligns with your goals. You may even find that others appreciate the idea of a more mindful celebration. 

6. Be Mindful of Triggers:

Identify situations or emotions that trigger the desire to drink excessively. Whether it’s stress, social anxiety, or the pressure to conform to social norms, understanding your triggers empowers you to develop healthier coping mechanisms.

7. Seek Professional Support: If you find it challenging to manage your alcohol intake on your own, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. For those who would like self-guided when reassessing their relationship with alcohol, why not check out our free resources and tools.

This holiday season, let’s embark on a journey of self-reflection and responsible celebration. By rethinking our drink choices, we can create lasting memories without compromising our well-being. For additional resources and support, visit ASCERT’s Rethink Your Drink. Cheers to a mindful and Merry Christmas!