Labor Day is Monday, September 6, 2021. This holiday (which has been nationally celebrated in the U.S. since 1894) recognizes the American Labor Movement and celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. The day signifies the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the anticipation of a new school year ahead. On this day, many individuals across the country will gather together for barbeques and other end-of-summer events. Many of these gatherings will include alcohol. For those individuals in recovery, Labor Day (along with other holidays) can be challenging because they see others drinking alcohol and partying around them. The following tips below (courtesy of PracticalRecovery.com) include ways individuals in recovery can enjoy the holiday while at the same time not jeopardize their recovery.Tips for Staying Sober on Labor Day:
1. Make plans with supportive/sober friends.
2. Research sober events in your area.
3. Keep Things in Perspective- Remember why your recovery is important to you in the first place! Stay focused on your long-term goal. Have an exit strategy in place ahead of time in the event you find yourself in a situation that is triggering.
1. Don't serve alcohol to anyone who is under age 21.
2. Learn what constitutes a standard drink and stick to it. Don't overserve your guests. (Please refer to the resource section below for more information about what constitutes a standard drink).
3. Serve food and non-alcoholic drinks.
4. Don't give friends a hard time if they choose not to drink.
5. Make sure folks have a safe way to get home.
Tips for Party Guests:
1. Eat a full meal, and alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
2. Designate a driver or safe ride home before you ever leave your house.
3. Pace yourself, and know your limits.
Do you have a social drinking plan?
Consequences of drinking alcohol
Risks of underage drinking
Warning signs of an alcohol problem