It’s the weekend, and your friends want to go out. Perhaps you’ve decided to cut down on drinking or maybe you’re in recovery – either way, you want to be able to enjoy the time with your friends without compromising the values and goals you’ve set for yourself. Going to a bar may seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve had a long history with alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Thankfully, there are many ways that you can go out with friends and maintain your sobriety:

  1. Go out to a sober bar. Sober bars have become increasingly popular, and do not provide any alcohol beverages for the main reason of allowing a space for people to socialize and have fun without the pressures of alcohol. Get a group together and go to one of these – you won’t be disappointed.
  2. Host a sober party at your place. Set the ground rules early and send out invitations to make it a huge event. Get decorations and fun non-alcohol drinks, including sparkling water and juices. Get a DJ or create your own music list – let the party begin!
  3. Take everyone out to a restaurant instead. Restaurants are a great way to engage with friends while having something else to drink. Reserve some seats and have fun talking the night away.
  4. Engage in fun group activities. Bowling and laser tag are a few great options, but if there is a festival or theme park near you, these could be a great way to explore something new without involving alcohol. Stay tuned to local events.
  5. Have conversations with other people who aren’t drinking. If you’ve decided to go somewhere that does serve alcohol, find people who aren’t drinking and become friends with them. This could be a great way to further strengthen your goal of abstinence and could also help you to make friends who have similar goals – it’s a win-win!

The Huffington Post notes that it’s important that, whatever you do, you can be yourself. Be confident in your reasons for not drinking, and even order a non-alcoholic beverage that could pass off as one if you want to taper down on comments. Relax and engage in people-watching if you need to. If you do not feel comfortable going to a bar, tell your friends about this. They should respect your wishes as to not compromise your sobriety.

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