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How to handle Holiday party drinking?

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Holidays and celebrations can be the hardest times for recovering alcoholics. So how do you attend these functions of life without being a ‘spoil sport’ or out cast? This has to begin with your attitude of the being a recovering addict. Acceptance that there’s a problem when you drink, so you’re not going to do it. At the same time having the self appointed title of alcoholic can be a downer in itself. Don’t proclaim that you can’t have a drink because you’re in recovery… simply say that it doesn’t agree with you. Think of it this way donuts or Mexican food might give you indigestion. Red wine gives you headaches. You’re allergic to peanuts and the list goes on. Any number of physical ailments are connected with food consumption and these are readily accepted as a reason for someone not to eat or drink them. If you accept yourself as someone who should not drink alcohol because of the possible results, others will, too without being judgmental.