Ten top tips to avoid Christmas hangovers

Even if you  want to avoid Christmas Hangovers, “social pressure” to drink from friends or others can make it hard to cut back or quit.  We’re all familiar with Mrs Doyle “Ah go on, go, go on”.


christmas hangoversHow often have we heard

“Sure one little one won’t hurt. It’s Christmas”.

Only to wake up the following morning with a horrible hangover and the day ruined.

So here are 10 quick tips to make sure your Christmas is hangover free.


1. Recruit supportive friends

If you have supportive friends who know you are trying to avoid Christmas hangovers you can choose to tell them your plans in advance so they’ll support you. I’ve found this tip really useful. Now all my friends ask before they refill my  glass.


2. Say nothing and take the car

You can decide to say nothing and simply take the car so you have to say No.  Then you can say you can’t drink  because you’re driving.  The downside of this is you can end up driving everybody home which can take hours!  So again have an excuse ready, if you want to avoid always being the taxi driver.


3. Bring your own bottle

These days it’s more acceptable to bring your own drink  to Christmas house parties.The range of nice alcohol free or low alcohol drinks is increasing all time. You can now  buy them in supermarkets like Lidl. There’s  alcohol free mulled wines available.

You don’t  have to tell people your tipple of choice is low in alcohol. So there’s less social pressure as people see you drinking alcohol. You can check out a review of  these low alcohol drinks at ClubSoda here.


4.Plan how you will say no

When you know alcohol will be served, it’s important to think about how you will say no.

If you expect to be offered a drink, you’ll need to be ready to deliver a convincing “no thanks.” Your aim is to be clear and firm, yet friendly and respectful.

Avoid long explanations and vague excuses, as they tend to prolong the discussion and provide more of an opportunity for you to give in.


5.How you say no  helps

Be confident. Don’t hesitate, as that will give you the chance to think of reasons to say yes.

Look directly at the person and make eye contact.

Keep your response short, clear, and simple and stick to” I” statements.

It’s a good idea to plan a series of responses in case the person persists.

For example

“No, thank you.

No, thanks, I don’t want to.

No thanks, I’m still getting over my  office parties christmas hangovers“.


6.Try the broken record strategy

You can also try the “broken record” strategy. Each time the person asks you to drink, you can simply repeat the same short, clear response. You might want to acknowledge some part of the person’s points maybe something like… (“I hear you…”) and then go back to your broken-record reply or “I hear you, but no thanks”. And look if words fail, you can walk away


7.Make sure you “own” your decision to say no to Christmas hangovers

How you think about any decision to change can affect your success.  Many people who decide to cut back or quit drinking think,

“I am not allowed to drink”

as if somebody else were imposing rules on them.

Thoughts like this make it easier to give in. It’s important to challenge this kind of thinking by telling yourself that you are in control, that you know how you want your life to be, and that you have decided to make a change.

Also think about all the lovely benefits  you want.  For example,those horrible Christmas hangovers the next morning will be a distant memory.


8.Make sure you respect your decision to say no

You may worry about how others will react or view you if you make a change. Again, challenge these thoughts by remembering that it’s your life and your choice, and that your decision not to have Christmas hangovers should be respected.


9.Practise saying no

At Christmas, eveyone over 18 is expected to drink or be seen as a Christmas Grinch. Many people are surprised at how hard it can be to say no to drinking at Christmas. You can build your confidence by scripting and practicing your lines, much like an actor.

First imagine the situation and the person who’s offering the drink. Read it aloud to get really comfortable with your phrasing and delivery.

Also, consider asking a supportive friend to role-play with you. Ask someone who would offer real pressure to drink and honest feedback about your responses.


10. Act like you’re the boss

Remember you’re the boss of you. You are in charge of how much information you want to share with people around you and what and how and when you want to share it.

You don’t have to justify not drinking or not having that extra drink.

We hope these tips help you to avoid those Christmas hangovers.

It can be a really difficult time.  All the pressure to be happy.  Giving thoughtful gifts from your shining home. To have the  perfect family situation and loving relationships. Who would not want to drink to get away from  that pressure?  If like some of us, this is you, we  found Lucy’s tips here really helpful.

If you would like more practical drinking  tips to reduce Christmas handovers, please click here.

We wish you  a relaxing peaceful Christmas with no Christmas hangovers.

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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