Celebrating 21st birthdays without drinking
We all know twenty-first birthdays are a HUGE milestone for many of us and our friends - and usually involves insane amounts of alcohol. But what if we’re trying to reduce how much alcohol we drink, or just simply don’t want to drink? How do we say no to these expectations? Here’s a quick guide on how to ditch the alcohol and still enjoy the party.
Remind yourself what you don’t like about drinking
Instead of being consumed by FOMO or guilt for not joining in, remind yourself of the cons of drinking alcohol. Whether it's the hangovers, the effects on health, the exhaustion the next day, the feeling like you’re not being yourself… or THE TASTE. Keeping this in mind will make it easier for you to opt out from alcohol.
Tell your friends
Tell 1 or 2 close friends that you won’t be drinking for the night. Not only will you have someone to hold you to it, but they can keep you comfortable, hype you up or take you out of weird situations.
Bring some interesting alcohol-free drinks so you have something in your hand if you feel like people will bother you or ask you why you’re not drinking
Be Designated Driver
A practical and easy answer when people ask you “why aren’t you drinking?!”
Remember how awesome you are booze-free
Remind yourself of all the good things about sober you - you don’t need the liquid courage to have a good time or ‘be fun’. You got this!
We know these parties are all about getting wasted, but good for you for taking on the challenge of being ‘unwstd’! You’re doing a service to your physical and mental health.