How to Enjoy a Party Without Alcohol

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 5, 2019.

You can still have fun at a party without alcohol. In fact, you can have more fun at social gatherings without drinking. You have a clear vision of what happened and will remember all the funny things your friends said and did last night. Plus, you'll wake up in the morning hangover-free. 

How to Answer the Question, "Why Aren't You Drinking?"

The answer to this question depends on how drunk your friend is or how late the night is. If they haven't caught a buzz and you are comfortable talking about why you are not drinking, then go for it. If your friend is already a few drinks in, you can either give a short answer like "I'm driving," or "I'm cutting back," and then change the subject.

Peer pressure to drink is prevalent among college students, but often continues well into adulthood. The easiest way to divert the conversation is to ask your friend a question about work or the rest of their plans for the weekend. Depending on the group and your relationship with them, you may want to avoid promoting your sobriety — some people can get defensive about alcohol when they are inebriated.

Tips for Blending In

You can have a drink in your hand for the entire night without consuming any alcohol. If everyone is drinking out of red solo cups, put some soda in a red solo cup. When you aren't holding a cup, the host and your friends will more than likely offer you a drink. When you decline, it will trail off into "why not?"

The safest way to avoid the temptation or an accident is to make your own drink. Try sipping on creative soft drinks like fancy lemonades, elderberry tonic, and Radler beer. If someone offers you a drink, you may want to just be polite and accept it. Then, you can either pay it forward and pass it someone else or subtly place it back on the counter when no one is looking.

Look at the Positive Side

Being sober at a party has plenty plus sides, such as that you'll:

  • Save money and notice how much people actually spend as the night goes on
  • Look great in all the photos
  • Make smarter decisions
  • Be able to get your friends home safely as the designated driver
  • Get a great night's sleep

Can I Go to Parties While I'm in Recovery?

If going to a party is going to jeopardize your road to recovery, then avoid attending and stay in with your closest friends or family. You don't want all your hard work to go to waste for one night that you won't even remember. Whether or not you decide to go to social gatherings depends on how far along you are in recovery, as well as how confident you are in yourself during that given time.

If you do go, remind yourself how strong you are and that a relapse simply wouldn't be worth it. Be yourself and enjoy a fun night out with your friends without alcohol.

For more advice on how to go to parties during recovery — or to learn more about our detox programs — contact Diamond House Detox online. Call today for same day admittance at (800) 205-6107.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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