New Year’s Eve – When You’re Alcohol-Free

It’s New Year’s Eve, a night which celebrates the beginning of a virgin twelve months in which we hope to achieve our goals and live out a few of the dreams which fell by the wayside some time during the present year. It is also a night which, for a significant majority of the adult population of the western world, is all about ALCOHOL. So what do you do if you don’t drink? Can New Year’s Eve be an enjoyable occasion when you are stone cold sober and surrounded by drunken revellers?


Here are a few pointers for enjoying the last ‘event’ night of the festive season, alcohol-free;

  1. Think VERY hard about who you wish to spend this evening with. When you aren’t numbed by the anaesthetizing qualities of booze, you will notice the less appealing aspects of those whose company you are keeping a whole lot more than if you were out of your tree. It would also be a good idea to avoid those friends whose idea of a good night is to drink until they pass out. Choose the invitations you accept wisely.
  2. Make an effort with your appearance. When alcohol ceases to be the main focus of a night out, it’s helpful to zone in on other ‘features’ of your evening to ensure you don’t miss out on the excitement of a big night. Going all out on a fantastic outfit, new hairdo and luxurious pre-party facial will all contribute to your inner feeling of wonderfulness – helped along by your glowing, alcohol-free complexion of course!
  3. Take a few moments before you leave for your party destination to remind yourself why you are CHOOSING not to drink tonight. What happened last time you drank? Did you embarrass yourself, have a drunken row or act in a way which filled you with regret and self-loathing the next morning? Chances are if you decide to drink tonight, you won’t be able to moderate – just as you have never been able to in the past. You chose an AF life because it works for you, so hang on to that thought and feel GOOD about being a Soberista.
  4. Plan an activity that brings you happiness and contentment for the morning of January 1st 2014. While you don’t want to be wishing your New Year’s Eve party night away, it’s good to have a treat planned for the next day, and one that you know will be all the more enjoyable hangover-free. There’s a certain amount of smugness to be had from running in the countryside on the first day of a new year (or doing whatever it is that you enjoy), secure in the knowledge that most people will be lying in bed feeling like shit.
  5. Be mindful of what New Year’s Eve is all about, and don’t get caught up with the notion that alcohol is at the core of all the celebrations. Contemplate the year you have just lived and congratulate yourself on all you have achieved – then look ahead and consider how the next twelve months could be even better. Be grateful for everything you have and spend time with the people you really love, enjoying good food and quality time together.
  6. If all of the above fails to help you see in the New Year with a bang, then go home, put your favourite pyjamas on and log on to for some support – there’s nothing like a good moan to people who understand to make you feel a whole lot better!

10 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve – When You’re Alcohol-Free

  1. Fab advice, which I for one will be following. All the best for the NY and thank you to Lucy and all at Soberistas for the amazing work you do, the way you have saved thousands of lives, and for the Sober Revolution which is becoming more real every day xxx

  2. Connor says:

    FYI there is an ad for Maker’s Mark on the Soberista’s page. It is definitely not an alcohol free commercial. May want to check w/ WordPress about ads.

  3. I am alcohol free and spend my New year’ Eve in family, with my husband (who is also alcohol free finally!) drinking soda and everything is fine, I do not go to parties, to avoid temptations and seeing people drink disgusts me, even though I’ ve drunk a lot. It’s been one year and 2 months that I am sober. 😉

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