Saying No (Politely) this Holiday Season

santa hat alcoholThe Christmas season is upon us, and for many of us that means a long list of office celebrations, family gatherings and house parties.

Certainly, the opportunity to indulge will present itself, in both food and drink, because we associate these festive times with celebration, joy and feeling free – in addition to the origins of the holiday: the warmth of human kindness and the religious connotations.

Interestingly, and perhaps troubling, is that middle-age drinkers still feel peer pressure to drink in social situations. And here we thought that was the realm of the young. Even though we may feel our drinking is more moderated with age, we often find we have to use excuses or sometimes humorous evasion strategies to avoid alcohol.

“I’m driving”, is a common method to elude a pushy host, whether it be true or not.

Why do we need excuses to say no, especially at Christmas? Does the joy of the holidays necessarily need to include booze, or too much of it, in any case?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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