Alcohol Consumption During the Holidays

by Lisa Vasquez, NHPHA Communications Committee Chair

Holidays can be stressful, especially this year with all the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions to keep in mind. Many people increase their alcohol consumption from Thanksgiving to New Year’s for many reasons. People may binge drink without thinking about it, because they are on vacation, because it’s the holidays, because they are with family and friends, or because they are stressed over holiday travel or financial reasons. Binge drinking can be just as dangerous during the holidays as it is any other time of year. NHPHA wants everyone to have a happy and healthy holiday season, so please plan ahead to help you manage the anxiety of holiday preparations and keep a few things in mind:

  • Be aware of your alcohol consumption.
  • You should not drink more than one drink per hour or more than two drinks on one occasion. If you don’t usually drink, it can be easy to overestimate your tolerance.
  • If you plan to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or arrange for a safe transportation option like Uber, taxi, or Lyft.
  • Remember that winter weather coincides with the holiday season and driving in wintery conditions is hard without adding alcohol into the mix. Never drink and drive.
  • Have non-alcoholic drink options for people that decide not to drink alcohol or are in recovery.
  • For Zoom get-togethers, have fun non-drinking games for the entire family to partake in.
  • Avoid discussing topics like politics that might create disagreements between family members and or friends.
  • Most importantly, remember that the reason for the holiday is getting together with family and friends and making great memories.
  • If you are concerned about someone’s drinking and need resources, please contact 2-1-1 to learn about treatment options.

Happy holidays from NHPHA! Please stay safe during the holiday season and remember to continue to social distancing, use a face covering when out in public, and wash your hands frequently. Unlike us, COVID-19 will not take a holiday break.

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