By Jaron Zanerhaft
With alcohol related traffic fatalities gradually on the rise, it has never been a better time to stay sober on New Year‘s Eve. Imagine stumbling down a dark sidewalk lost in the neighborhood of your friend who hosted a party or slithering your car through a maze of blurry pairs of neon headlights and angry horns that rush by with Doppler fades. This is not a night to sacrifice sharpness of your senses. But what can you do to keep your sobriety when our entire culture screams for you to break it? Here are a few suggestions to get your mind ready for tonight’s annual struggle:
- Take the countdown one second at a time.
- Stay around sober people. Often the company we keep influences our behavior.
- If you must go to a party where people will not be sober, offer to be the designated driver.
- Don’t drink the “punch.” Punch means alcohol. Don’t convince yourself otherwise.
- Have an accountability associate. Choose one of your sober friends who you will not be with on New Year’s Eve and make a commitment to call each other after the ball drops.
- Write resolutions. Considering positive improvements you can make in your life for the near future can effectively keep you grounded during the final frenzied moments of 2010.
- Host a gathering. Especially for those who fear going out on New Years, staying home is a good thing. You have a greater chance at being able to control your environment in your own home, and your guests will greatly appreciate your sober hospitality.
Good Luck and Happy 2011 from all of us at Beit T’Shuvah and BTSCommunications!
- Sober New Year’s Eve: A real celebration (philly.com)