Linking to an NPR story may seem as though I’m going rather far afield this morning, but, I’m not. Here’s the story.:
You don’t have to drink to celebrate the holiday season, Brian Mann for NPR
That’s a local story wherever there are alcoholic beverages and holidays. The article touches on the stress experienced by party-goers when coaxed to imbibe at social events and offers a variety of helpful suggestions. This one made me sad:
Or: If you want to avoid the "Where's your drink?" question altogether, you can also carry around a cup of a non-alcoholic beverage like soda, seltzer or even water.
Good grief. What kind of a world is it where something as simple as not wanting to drinking alcohol at a party requires so much planning and even subterfuge? For heavens sake, let’s not ever be that person who conveys to others that it’s just not a party without a drink, or that they’re just not a legitimate part of the party unless they drink.
Now, here’s where it gets local.
Local nonprofit Sobar had its origins when founder Beth Harbinson envisioned:
- Beautiful bars serving non-alcoholic beverages with healthy ingredients, innovative, sophisticated flavors and exciting tastes;
- A separate point of purchase for events serving alcohol to remove a potential trigger for people in recovery from alcoholism and addiction; and
- Creating exciting alcohol-free events. (Sobar website)