Alcohol Is Not The Answer: Guest Post by Amy Johnson

There is a misconception out there that people need to drink alcohol to have fun and if there is no alcohol, they can’t have any fun. I don’t buy into that theory at all. I’ve gone my entire 32 years on the planet without having so much as a slip of alcohol, and I like to say I’ve had a lot of fun along the way. Of course, everyone is different, and I’m not saying my way is the right way. I’m just saying there is more than one way to have fun. The bottom line is you don’t need it to have fun. That is the truth.
One reason you don’t need it to have fun is you can engage in sober conversation with your friends. It is one of the quickest ways to get to know the people in your life and the people you care about on a daily basis. You can ask each other questions and really get to know someone. If they are drunk, it is a lot harder to do that is for sure. They might not even remember what they have said or what came out of their mouth. Reason number two is you can have fun going to the movies.

It is always more enjoyable to see a movie without being under the influence. It allows you to fully embrace the film and get caught up in it without anything distracting you. At the end of the day, booze is a distraction and it gets in the way of people truly having fun and truly experiencing the moment. It clouds the moment. Another thing that people can do without drinking is play video games. I’m a big fan of Madden, and video games are a great way to be competitive and have fun.

You can also spend time with your family as well. In life, you only get one family and it is important to spend as much time with them as humanely possibly. If you are drunk and not thinking straight, it can be hard to have fun with them. They might see a side of you that you don’t want them to see, as some people are angry drunks. The fifth reason I’m going to give you is spending time with your significant other. If you have someone in life you love and truly enjoy spending time with, you don’t need liquor to make it better.

Lastly, you can also go out to dinner without drinking and have a good time. There is nothing quite like a good steak and a good time out with friends. It can be hard to enjoy that experience if you are drunk as I would imagine the food does not taste as good and you might embarrass yourself at the restaurant. There are numerous ways to have fun without booze. I encourage you to explore them to the fullest and get the most out of them. You won’t regret it, and you will see a new way of living.

If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. There is no shame in seeking alcohol addiction treatment. Addiction is a disease that needs to be treated. Luckily, there are tons of helpful resources out there for you. Have a look at The Recovery Village website for more information.