As the festive season comes around, it’s no secret that a lot of you are looking forward to spending the Christmas break down the pub.
However, if you, like many others are not drinking, then the holidays can be a time of peer pressure, as everyone seems to be set on drinking mulled wine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But fear not. At Student Hut, we’ve put together a guide on how to navigate an alcohol-free Christmas, to make sure you’re prepared for some sober festivities.
So relax, make yourself a mocktail and enjoy the holidays...
Alcohol-Free doesn’t have to be fun-free
Just because you’re not drinking alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t drink at all.
In fact, with some great non-alcoholic options available, there’s no reason you can’t join with the festivities. Some great choices include the following:
- No-alcohol 'mulled wine' - (ingredients include 2 litres of apple juice, a 2 litre carton cranberry drink, 1 stick of cinnamon, 2 oranges, 1 lemon (unwaxed), 1 teaspoon of honey (if you like your mull sweet, leave out if not), a quarter teaspoon ground nutmeg, and about 20 cloves)
- Faux Fizz - (2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, some sparkling water, 1 sliced pear, 4 dried apricots, 75g golden caster sugar, 25g honey, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 strip of lemon zest)
- Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail - (3 teaspoons of pomegranate seeds, a big bunch of mint, 2 limes quartered, 1 litre of pomegranate juice, 500ml lemonade)
If you’re looking for some some other great recipes with full instructions check out the BBC Christmas Cocktails and Mocktails guide here - there’s sure to be something for everyone.
If you’re just sitting around watching Netflix and chilling with the family, the temptation to drink is going to be a whole lot more than if you were more active on campus.
With this in mind, grab your friends and family who are available and get out there! Whether it’s going for a coffee, going to the shops, or just going for a walk, by staying busy you can avoid the pressure that might come along with being cooped up inside with your annoying cousins.
Don’t Be Pressured
Most of the time, the easiest way to deal with people who are insistent upon you having a drink is to politely say you don’t want to, as most people will be understanding.
With that said, you don’t have to justify yourself to anyone. It’s your choice whether or not you want to drink, so don’t feel like you have to explain yourself regardless of what anyone says.
Remember, those that make you feel uncomfortable because of your personal decisions are not the kind of people you want to surround yourself with.
Remember, You’re Really Not Missing Out
Feel like you’re missing out? If you take a second to think about it, you’re not actually missing out on much, other than feeling hungover, tired and possibly ill (as anyone who’s gone drinking out in the cold weather can confirm).
In all likelihood, you’re going to be feeling much fresher and healthier than everyone else over the holiday, which means you can actually enjoy opening presents on the big day.
Hopefully with these tips you’re ready to enjoy the festive season booze-free. Remember to enjoy the much needed break, and happy new year!
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