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The Unexpected Risks of Getting Drunk at Special Events

Getting Drunk at Special Events is Risky

Many people expect to have drinks at sporting events or concerts and are able to drink with freedom. Obvious risks of driving while inebriated are well understood. What is less commonly discussed are other risks posed by becoming intoxicated at social events. Several include the following:

  • Injuring yourself
  • Speaking out of turn
  • Starting a fight or argument
  • Becoming inappropriately emotional
  • Becoming sexually uninhibited and embarrassing yourself

The best way to avoid getting drunk at special events is to know your limits. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol. Height, weight, and gender are just three factors that play a part in the effect alcohol has. What an individual has eaten prior to drinking and how much sleep he or she has had also influences how alcohol impacts the system.

Tips that can help you avoid getting drunk include the following:

  • Eat before drinking.
  • Set a limit, usually between 1 to 3 drinks for men and between 1 to 2 drinks for women.
  • Stretch the first drink by drinking non-alcoholic beverages at the same time or diluting the alcohol with a mixer.

Try to drink mindfully, not to get drunk. Savor both the flavor and the aroma of alcohol—perhaps even splurging on an expensive bottle of wine.

Socializing in Recovery

Socializing in sobriety is challenging because many people associate parties with drinking. Several reasons why celebrations are common relapse triggers include the following:

  • When people are happy, they lower their guards.
  • Holidays can make people feel in control, which leads them to believe they can handle one drink or drug.
  • Holidays and parties are an excuse for backsliding.

Gaining insight into relapse triggers is one benefit of attending a professional treatment center. With expert help, many individuals become more at ease with themselves and others. They also learn the value of peer support. Consulting with a sponsor or mentor can provide accountability and keep you mindful of your recovery goals as you attend social gatherings.

Help for Staying Sober and Socializing

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol abuse, help is available. Admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can guide you. Don’t go it alone when help just one phone call away. You never have to go back to a life of addiction.