Narconon Arrowhead Offers Advice to Prevent Holiday Alcohol Abuse

Thanksgiving dinner with friends

If you ask most people what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving, you will hear many say that what they most value is their family and friends. They are thankful for the time they get to spend together, and for the fact that they can look forward to many more years of happiness with their loved ones. In this spirit, Narconon Arrowhead is sharing alcohol abuse prevention tips this Thanksgiving to help people across the country to keep those they care about safe from the dangers of binge drinking and alcoholism during the holidays. The staff of Narconon Arrowhead know from their experience working with recovering addicts, a background which many of them share personally, that the holidays often bring a greater risk of heavy drinking than the rest of the year.

People feel more stressed out about keeping up with everyday life in addition to the demands placed on them by family gatherings, work parties and all of the expectations to have the “perfect holidays.” There is also the fact that for many people, alcohol is available at every turn during the holidays. Thanksgiving dinner often sees guests drinking heavily before, during and after the meal, and then the alcohol keeps flowing at parties, through Christmas and up to New Year’s Eve. All of this translates into a greater risk that a person will get arrested for drinking and driving, will get into an accident or suffer an overdose, or will transition from a heavy drinker to an alcoholic. To safeguard your loved ones’ health and happiness over the holiday season, here are several tips offered by Narconon Arrowhead:

  • Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages at Thanksgiving dinner. If possible, don’t offer any alcohol at all. But if you feel compelled to serve some wine or other drinks, make sure that they are only available in limited quantities and are in the company of sparkling cider, juice, coffee, tea and anything else you want to offer which does not have alcohol.
  • Don’t leave the drinks out in the open. If your guests can refill their glasses at an impromptu bar on the kitchen countertop or at the table, those who have a tendency to drink too much will. Put the bottles somewhere that’s not overly convenient to access, or where it will be obvious if someone keeps coming back for more. You might even put someone in charge of the drinks since this person can cut anyone off from having too much to drink or can start serving watered down drinks if necessary.
  • Fill your guests up with food rather than drink. Make sure that there are a variety and abundance of delicious food available to entertain their palates and fill their stomachs. The more they eat, the less they will have room to drink, and the more that the food will soak up the alcohol that they do consume, slowing down its effects on the body.
  • Start winding down the party before it’s time to send everybody home. Serve only so much alcohol that you can expect to run out well before the evening is over, or put the bottles away with enough time that your guests will be able to sober up before leaving.
  • If anyone seems to be too drunk to drive, don’t worry about being socially awkward by stopping them from leaving on their own. Make sure that they get a ride with a sober guest, or find a way to pay for a taxi to drive them home. If necessary, offer a bed on the couch or in a guest room so that your friend or family member can stay the night and avoid the dangers of getting arrested or injured in an accident while driving drunk.

Narconon Arrowhead Wishes for a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, and this stress opens the door to more alcohol abuse and all of the hazards that come with this. The people at Narconon Arrowhead want to help you and your loved ones enjoy a happy and safe time at Thanksgiving and through the rest of the holidays, and they hope that with the tips above you can keep alcohol from ruining anyone’s time.


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.