14 Things to Do During Alcohol Awareness Month

Maybe you’re accustomed to kicking back with your friends and having a few beers over the weekend. But this month, how about participating in Alcohol Awareness Month sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Alcohol Dependence.

baseball game

So what will replace the time with your beer drinking buddies? How about getting outdoors in the spring weather? Or going to one of the attractions in your area? Here’s a list of suggestions to get you started, some suitable for a family with children and some that anyone might enjoy.

1. Attend one of the early games of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

2. Take the family to a museum like the Seattle Children’s Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

3. Catch a 3D movie.

4. Get some friends together and cook something you’ve never made before.

visiting a zoo

5. Go to a zoo with newborn babies like the one in Miami (clouded leopards) or Denver (anteater or an okapi, a little like a zebra) or Buffalo (otters).

6. Go rollerblading or bicycling or take a walk along a trail. Many cities have historic walking paths. For example, you can find these in Boston, New Orleans, New York City or Austin.

7. If you’re in the mountains and there’s snow, go ski, snowboard or sled. If you’re near the beach, go out for a surfing lesson.

8. How long has it been since you flew a kite? Spring weather is perfect for kite-flying.

biking in the woods
9. Go to a campground with friends or family and build a campfire. Roast hot dogs and have s’mores.

10. What did you used to do that you enjoyed but maybe gave up? Fishing? Kayaking?

11. Find a pickup basketball game by visiting https://infinitehoops.com/.

12. Look for an observatory in your area and stare at the stars.

13. Find a business that offers laser or paintball tag or rock climbing.

14. Is there a craft or type of art you gave up long ago? Visit a hobby or craft store and pick up some new supplies. If you have kids, teach them the craft or just brush up on your crafting skills.

Pretty much wherever you are, you can find interesting and fun things to do that don’t have to include any alcohol at all. Go online and search for “Things to do in (your nearby city).”

Here’s hoping that you have fun, sober weekend and set a great example for your kids and/or friends during the entire month of April.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.