HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR SUMMER SOCIAL SCENE WITHOUT DRINKING
Summertime. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Outdoor happy hours, barbeques, beach time and lot’s of rose. Alcohol can easily become the center of any social gathering. For me however, alcohol doesn’t really do anything except give me really bad migraines and make me harp on all of the liquid fat I have consumed. After losing 75-pounds, I am not interested in “wasting” calories on alcoholic drinks. Did you know that wine, beer, and typical cocktails range from 95-160 calories each? When you get more creative with summertime drinks like pina coladas, each drink can approach a whopping 500 calories!
I might not drink, but this does not stop me from going out and enjoying some good clean fun with friends! Sometimes, however, as the night goes on and my friends are consuming lots of alcohol around me, I can find it challenging to navigate the party and continue conversations with my peers in my sober state.
After many years of trial and error, these are my tips for how to go out without drinking.
1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The first thing I always do at a party is stand as far away from the bar as possible. This way I begin conversations with my peers far enough away from any sight of those eye-catching bottles. Also once a bar begins to fill up it is often difficult to make it over to the bar.
2. GIVE YOURSELF A SUBSTITUTE
The next thing that I do is always make sure to have a club soda in my hand. This way nobody has to ask me if I want a drink. It looks as though I already have one. And I do, even if it might not contain alcohol. There’s no way that I can prevent myself from being in a separate state of mind than my surrounding friends. Even one or two drinks can change someone’s personality so I change my thinking for the evening as well. If someone makes a mean comment I realize it is probably the alcohol talking and not really them. If people begin dancing excessively and I am standing off to the side unable to dance as much I just say to myself “tomorrow they won’t remember anything so who cares if I bust a few wrong moves?”
3. KEEP IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE
Finally, my best advice for navigating a social scene without drinking is to have respect for yourself and what you believe in. You aren’t drinking for a reason. Be it the calories or hangover feeling and you should be proud of yourself for having such wonderful self control and let that guide you through the evening.
Marisa is an expert wellness events programmer, based in New York City & The Hamptons. Having lost 75-pounds, love of the fitness industry is deeply personal. She brings this passion to every event she plans. To learn more about Marisa’s 2015 Hamptons Fitness calendar of events, visit www.mjhamptonshealth.com.