Archive for October 10th, 2012

The holidays are coming!  That can be either good news or bad news for an alcoholic, and it all depends on you!

I am pretty big on personal responsibility, and I am also one who calls bullshit when I hear it.  Living a sober life is a commitment, and the only one who can fulfill that commitment is the alcoholic.

Yes, the holidays are a time when drinking occurs.  Family dinners, celebrations, office parties, gab sessions with old friends, they all happen and there always seems to be booze around when they happen. However, that is not an excuse to drink!

For some, the holidays are a sad time, reminders of days gone by when the family was one, and everyone was happy….before the damage caused by alcohol.  So there is some sadness in the air and sadness leads to alcohol because hey, we are alcoholics, and that’s what we do.

No, it isn’t….that’s what we choose to do!

For the past six years I have been sober during the holidays.  For the past twenty Christmas seasons I have been sober.  That was a conscious decision on my part to not use excuses and to stay sober.  Of course it took some planning but it was oh so worth it.

I’ll tell you what I have done.  I do not put myself in slippery places or situations.  I do not go to New Year’s Eve parties, and I do not meet people in taverns or cocktail lounges.  There is no liquor in our house and all of my friends and family are well-aware that I do not want booze around me.  Period!

If they want to drink they can do it anywhere but around me.  If they want to party with booze they can party without me.  For me, alcohol is poison, and it will not be a part of my holiday season.

And that is a choice and a commitment!

I’ll tell you one other thing:  it is entirely possible to have a fun holiday season without booze. I am living proof of that statement.

Happy Holidays everyone!

P.S. I invite everyone to watch my video about alcoholism found here…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EakW8mlNE24&feature=player_embedded

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