Australia Day, is a time for celebration, national pride, and booze.
For those on the journey to sobriety, this can be challenging due to the booze-laden festivities that fall on this day.
If you’re looking to quit alcohol, or perhaps are looking to start this year, these temptations on Australia Day can pose an issue.
In this article, we’ll provide some actionable tips to help navigate the festivities and avoid some common pitfalls that lead to relapse.
Plan for Australia Day Alcohol-Free Celebrations
If you’re committed to going Alcohol-free this Australia Day, meticulous planning will be important if you’re in the early stages of sobriety.
For early sobriety, cravings and substance triggers will be your enemy, and familiar festive environments are going to be major tipping points.
Consider doing some of the following this coming Australia Day to keep it Alcohol-free:
- Organise or attend events that emphasise fun activities rather than alcohol. Some examples could be beach outings, or sporting or fitness events.
- Select Alcohol-free gatherings or ensure the people you are celebrating with know you’re quitting alcohol.
- Create friction between you and alcohol. This means removing it completely from the household.
A Supportive Network, Always
One thing I talk about always when it comes to sobriety is accountability, which is one of the most important steps in quitting alcohol.
This means, on Australia Day, Acknowledging the challenges of staying sober is crucial. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups who understand and respect your commitment to sobriety. Share your concerns and plans with them, ensuring they are aware of your desire to stay alcohol-free.
Having a supportive network on these challenging days can make it easier to navigate the day without succumbing to the pressure of drinking.
Zero Alcohol Beverages
FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out is often a huge component of Australia Day that can make us relapse.
Luckily, the world has come a long way when it comes to alcohol-free beers, refreshing virgin cocktails and beverages.
To remove the feeling of being left out and still staying social, pick up some non-alcoholic beverages for these events.
Some true zero (0.0%) beverages that I’ve tried before, and have come back to include:
- Heineken Zero
- Peroni Zero
- Carlton Zero
You may also choose to celebrate with Alcohol-free beverages such as Zero Sugar Soft Drinks, Kombuchas or Sparkling Water.
As the sun sets on Australia Day, you’ll realize that staying sober during this celebration is not only achievable but also empowering.
By following these tips, you can navigate the day with confidence, surrounded by friends and family who support your decision to quit alcohol.
Remember, Australia Day is about coming together, embracing the nation’s spirit, and enjoying each other’s company – all of which can be done without a drop of alcohol.
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Former drinker, Nutritionist, Biohacking enthusiast, self-experimenter, research fanatic, and self-taught writer, Stephen immerses himself deep into the literature of human optimisation and better understand the nature of addiction. His goal is to help people take control of their addiction, reset their cravings, unscramble their broken brain circuitry and use actionable strategies that work ten times better than anything else.