The Benefits of Observing Alcohol-Free Weekend

Courtesy of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month is observed in April each year. To kick things off, is the Alcohol-Free Weekend early in the month.

There are many things you can do to support and observe this effort which can greatly benefit yourself and others around you.

friends socializing together

Set an excellent example of responsible use of alcohol by skipping it entirely from Friday through Sunday.

If you happen to have been drinking a good bit lately, this will be a good test. Can you go that long without a drink?

If you can’t, you need to work on this area of your life. Maybe the support of your family or your good friends will help you start healthier habits But if that doesn’t work, then look seriously at rehab. If you can’t control this habit, it will control you and that can lead you to an early death or serious illness. You could even wind up harming others. Your family and friends will definitely suffer.

But let’s say you do fine. What about your friends, those guys you have a few drinks with on a regular basis. Are any of them unable to go three days without a drink? They may even give you some excuses that sound pretty good, about a company party or a sports event. But if a lot of excuses follow a pattern of consistent or heavy drinking, you can do that person a real favor.

talking with a friend about their addiction

It may be hard to sit down with that person and have a heart to heart talk. They may resist and if they are truly addicted to alcohol, they can be expected to. With patience and care, you can make it clear that your only purpose is to help them. By showing your concern, you may be able to overcome their resistance.

Learn about the health risks of alcohol consumption, many of which may surprise you. You can find a series of articles on this subject here: http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/alcohol/. You may be able to use this information to show someone why frequent or heavy alcohol abuse will not make them healthy and happy.

Another thing to look for to detect a problem drinker is what happens among your buddies if you say you’re going to spend this weekend sober. Does anyone scoff at you or ridicule you? That may be a smokescreen for their own inability to do the same.

In April, things begin warming up in most parts of the country. Get out and look at the Spring flowers and trees and leave the drinking behind. You could even find that skipping the weekend drinking agrees with you so you decide to make this your new habit.

AUTHOR

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.