Did you make it through Christmas without drinking? I did; in fact, I have not been drunk on Christmas since 1992, or twenty years. Yes, I have relapsed during that span, but for whatever reason, I have stayed sober over the holidays. Is that important?
Only you can answer that question. For me, it shows that it is possible, despite the hectic pace of the holidays, to stay sober. If I can do it then anyone can….but it is in no way simple for an alcoholic.
Now we have Christmas out of the way and we turn our attention to New Year’s Eve, one of the great party holidays of the year. So many people planning on ringing in the New Year and toasting to life…but for an alcoholic, raising that glass in a toast is a possible death sentence.
Visualize that drink all the way through to its consequences. What will happen if you take that one drink? It might be a good idea not to attend parties where alcohol will be served. For this alcoholic, New Year’s Eve is treated just like any other evening. I do not put myself in a position where I will be around alcohol. I do not tempt fate, no matter how strong my sobriety is at this moment. It just isn’t worth the risk.
Visualize that drink all the way through to its consequences. Is it worth the risk?
Happy New Year to all of you!