When someone mentions that National Beer Day is coming up, it’s unlikely that your first thought is root beer. For many people in recovery, “holidays” centered around drinking or using drugs can potentially trigger a relapse. That’s why we decided to help show you how to celebrate National Beer Day in recovery.
According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), more than 40 percent of all legal drinkers prefer beer over alcohol. Beer is easily the most consumed alcoholic beverage, and has been acknowledged by TIME Magazine as the “World’s Most Celebrated Drink.”
For most Americans, beer is a cultural staple– even if you don’t like it, you drink it at gatherings and parties. This makes beer an especially insidious drink for those in recovery.
Although beer might not be a viable drink for you in recovery, that doesn’t mean you have to feel left out of National “Beer” Day. Make sure to check out these tips we’ve cultivated for your sober celebration this National Beer Day.
Drinking Different Kinds of “Beer”
Some of the soft drinks that we know and love are categorized as “beers.” We’ve all dropped a scoop of ice cream into a root beer float or cracked open a spicy ginger beer on a hot day.
Although not technically “beer” anymore, most beers like root beer, ginger beer, and birch beer have historical roots in alcohol. All different incarnations of medieval “small beer,” each of these soft drinks began as safe and flavorful alternatives to drinking contaminated water. As time has progressed, each of these beers lost their alcoholic qualities and instead became popular carbonated beverages.
Instead of feeling lonely or left out, why not buy a six-pack of your favorite “beer,” call your sober support, and celebrate together?
Celebrate with Sober Support
Have you ever tried playing root beer pong before? An #iPartySober classic, root beer pong has become one of Recovery Unplugged’s trademark games at events and parties. You get all the fun of the competition with none of the aggression, issues, and most importantly, alcohol.
Spending time with your sober support system on a day centered around drinking helps everyone involved. Instead of worrying about whether or not you’ll relapse, you’ll be focused on fellow-shipping with members of the recovery community.
We’ve probably all heard the saying that “the opposite of addiction is connection.” By staying connected to your sober support, you’ll be less tempted to crack open a can of beer.
If you find that you won’t be able to party sober in person with your friends, don’t worry. As long as you’re being honest with yourself and those you love, you should be able to make it through. Remember that sometimes all it takes is a quick call to your sober support to keep yourself from relapse.
Staying Away from “Non-Alcoholic” Beer
As of late, some beer companies have started producing what they call “non-alcoholic” beers. The issue with these “non-alcoholic” drinks is that they actually ought to be called “low alcohol” beers. For those in recovery, the distinction is critical.
Although legally the amount of alcohol in these beers is almost negligible, this is a dangerous road for those in recovery. By advertising these beers as being “non-alcoholic,” many beer companies unknowingly (or perhaps knowingly) jeopardize many individual’s sobriety.
Another issue many in recovery might encounter with these “non-alcoholic” drinks is that the taste itself may trigger them. Because beer and alcohol have such unique tastes, drinking “non-alcoholic” beers might be the first step down a dark road for many sober individuals.
As a rule, Recovery Unplugged recommends that those in recovery stay away from these misleading labels. Your recovery is more important than risking it all for a “non-alcoholic” beverage.
Keep Recovery Unplugged on Speed Dial
If you’re genuinely unsure that you’ll be able to make it through the day without using or drinking, we’re here for you. Our admissions team is always on call, all you need to do is dial us up.
Remember that your sobriety is more important than a moment of pleasure. If you need us, Recovery Unplugged is here to help you get back on track with the healing power of music. If you or a loved one is struggling, reach out to us today.