15 Ways to Stay Sober Through the Holidays

Staying sober over the holidays while still fulfilling all your various social obligations is… difficult, to say the least.

Don’t believe me? Try looking your long lost pre-school classmate in the eye and tell them, “Hey, bro. I know I haven’t seen you since before I could grow a beard but I’m really, really trying to avoid waking up next to the toilet bowl tomorrow.”

The holidays are all about indulgence. Food, credit card debt, bad music, worse sweaters and, of course, liquor.

Hey, if you’re a teetotaler, that’s cool too. But, for the rest of us, turning down that third shot offered by your company’s CEO at the office Christmas party can be tricky. But you’re in luck! Here at Healthversed, we’ve put together a little list of a few tips and tricks to help you turn down the party sauce but still have fun.

So put on your comfiest sweater, light the Yule log and pour a glass of (virgin) eggnog. I present to you: 15 ways to stay sober through the holidays.

The “Dixie Cup Full of Juice” Trick

First, let me say that this is an absolute classic move. It’s gotten me through a ton of awkward office dinner parties and saved me a lot of money on Gatorade and Extra Strength Advil Liquid Gels.

The logic goes like this: if you have a drink in your hand, people won’t pressure you to drink. It’s easy to turn down the offer of another drink with a casual “I’ve already got one.” Plus, it’ll save you having to have the “why aren’t you drinking tonight?” conversation 5 times in one night.

This strategy works just as well with an empty cooler can or a dark colored beer bottle.

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