Super Bowl Sunday for many who are recovering from alcoholism is a big milestone in staying sober. Super Bowl Sunday, though intended to be all about watching athletes play football and compete for the championship, also seems to have a very large focus on alcohol.
It is estimated that alcohol sales on Super Bowl Sunday are the highest on that day than any other day of the year, including New Year’s Eve. With constant reminders of ice cold beer on TV commercials and even party hosts who may offer you an alcoholic drink, it can be very difficult to resist the temptation to have a drink on Super Bowl Sunday.
It is however entirely possible to enjoy an alcohol free Super Bowl Sunday. The key is to make Super Bowl Sunday less of a reminder that you don’t drink anymore and more of a focus on spending time with family or friends watching football. Our article on Staying Sober During the Holidays also provides some tips that you may find useful.
Here are some ideas to help you enjoy a sober Super Bowl Sunday:
1. Host an Alcohol Free Super Bowl Party: If you are concerned about others offering you drinks at parties you attend, hosting your own Super Bowl party may be a great way to avoid being in that situation. Invite over friends or family who understand that you don’t
drink anymore, and make some tasty treats to eat during the game.
2. Have a Substitution: If you do go to a Super Bowl party, be sure that you have a substitute for alcohol. Having one of your favorite non-alcoholic drinks on hand will give you something to enjoy while watching the game.
3. Avoid Sports Bars: Going to a sports bar to watch the game is likely to dig up a lot of past memories and feelings. By either hosting your own party or attending a party in someone’s home, it will be much easier to say no to a drink and not feel any urges or temptations to have a drink.
4. Practice Saying No: You don’t have to give anyone a detailed explanation on why you don’t want an alcoholic drink. Practice saying No and you will feel more confident if you are offered a drink. Saying something like “No Thanks, I think I’m in the mood for a Pepsi” makes it easy to deal with others offering you a drink.
5. Be Careful While Driving: Not surprisingly with Super Bowl Sunday being one of the biggest days in alcohol sales, it is also a big day for drunk driving related accidents and deaths. Stay alert when driving, wear your seat belts, and if you’re in a cold climate be on the look out for patches of snow or ice. Also, do not let any of your friends or family members drive home drunk – offering to drive them home or stay over for the night can help make the roads safer and even potentially save lives.
Have any other tips on enjoying an alcohol free Super Bowl Sunday? Do you remember your first Super Bowl Sunday sober? Share your thoughts in the comments below.