4 Fun Alternatives to Drinking Alcohol

4 Fun Alternatives to Drinking Alcohol

Pulling out the alcohol is an easy way to have some fun, but it’s not healthy to use alcohol as your primary form of recreation. It leads to alcoholism, which can isolate you from your friends and family. So, if you’re looking for alternative ways to have fun, take a look at these four ideas that don’t involve alcohol.

Go to a Movie or See a Show

New movies come out practically every weekend. That means you can always find a good movie to enjoy with your friends. Plus, most movie theaters don’t sell alcohol, so you won’t be tempted to drink it while you’re there. Alternatively, depending on where you live, you can go see a live show, play, or concert. Just make sure that wherever you go, they don’t sell alcohol. For instance, a sit-down comedy club is fun, but they usually sell drinks.

Play Sports or Games Outdoors

There are all sorts of fun activities you can do outdoors, such as rock climbing, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, or simply tossing a football around at a park. And, the best part is that none of them typically involve alcohol, so you won’t be tempted to drink too much. Plus, not only does the park not sell alcohol, but it’s also an inexpensive activity where you can get your exercise in at the same time. The park is also a good place to stage an intervention for a friend who drinks too much because it won’t make him or her feel closed in or isolated.

Have Friends Over for a Game Night

You don’t always have to go out to have fun. Instead, stay at home and invite friends over to play games or eat dinner. You’ll be a lot less tempted to drink alcohol if you want to stay sharp to win a game. It’s really hard not to drink alcohol if all of your buddies are doing it, so ask them to leave the drinks at home. If you and your friends aren’t in to board games, you can always just sit around and chat about good times. Pull out the old yearbooks, look at old photos, or tell memorable stories about the past. A good conversation is just as fun as getting a buzz from alcohol.

Start a New Hobby

Everyone needs a hobby — it’s a way to keep you out of trouble and have fun. There are all sorts of things to choose from, such as cooking, photography, crafts, sports, fishing, dancing, music, yoga, or anything else you want. A great way to avoid drinking is to be too busy doing something else. Whatever you do, don’t hang out at a bar or any other place where there’s easy access to alcohol.

For many people, alcohol is the first place they turn after having a bad day, but there are plenty of other activities that can take your mind off of your troubles. Try one of the activities on this list instead of drinking the next time you are looking for fun or something to cheer you up.

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