Holiday Tips for Recovering Alcoholics

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 9th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The holidays are fast approaching and too much alcohol consumption can cause a lot of problems. This article talks about the tips to stay away from alcohol and what to do if you drink too much.

The holidays are approaching

In a few months The New Year will be upon on us in Montreal and it can be a very delightful time or a very stressful time. The old tradition was to bring in the New Year with champagne bubbly. Many Montrealers went to parties and ended up in a drunken stupor. Now Montrealers in general are more cautious about the effect of alcohol on the body including impaired driving. Of course the best way to avoid alcohol is to go to a non alcoholic party or just stay home.

Here are a few cautions to help you get through the holiday season safely.

Nez Rouge

In Montreal you can avoid the accidents if you have been drinking by calling Operation Nez Rouge,a charitable organization who will come and pick you and and take you home if you have been drinking. They work up to 3 am during the holidays to make sure that you get to where you are going safely.

Designated driver

Appoint one person to be the designated driver. Make sure the person is agreeable to the appointment and is reliable and dependable. The last thing that you want is someone who agrees to be the designated driver then gets drunk him or herself.

Safe Party

Have a party with no alcohol, or if you plan to serve alcohol make sure you have non alcoholic beverages for people who do not drink. Stop serving alcohol around an hour before the guests are scheduled to leave. Do not let anyone drive drunk. Take away their keys, call a cab, or arrange for someone to take them home.

Tips on how to stay away from alcohol

Holidays are so hard and stressful for many recovering alcoholics. About com has provided some tips that recovering alcoholics have put together.

Here are some of the gems:

  • Stay close to your sponsor, let him or her know your intentions and listen to what he or she has to say.

  • Make new friends who do not drink.

  • Learn how to appreciate the holidays without having to drink. Make your own fun without alcohol.

  • Find a good role model and stay close to this person through the holidays.

  • Arrive at the party late and leave it early. No one is going to notice your arrival and departure times.

  • The evening is not qualified by what is in your glass; the celebration is qualified by what is in your heart.

  • If you are tempted to drink remember how bad it was when you did.

  • Trust your higher power and stick to the program.

Alcohol poisoning and allergies

Alcohol poisoning occurs when a person’s blood alcohol level is critically elevated. This is a serious condition as the alcohol can prevent certain bodily functions such as the gag reflex to cease working properly. This means that the your breathing is affected and you can choke to death on your own vomit.

If you have overdone it how do you know if you have alcohol poisoning?

The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, lists the symptoms of acute alcohol poisoning to be:

  • Vomiting
  • Mental confusion
  • Stupor
  • Coma
  • A person may have alcohol poisoning if they are asleep and cannot be aroused
  • Seizures
  • Irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia - where the body temperature is too low and the body becomes pale, or blue

If you have any of these symptoms call 911 immediately or get to your nearest hospital as fast as you can.

Alcohol allergies

Some people are actually allergic to alcohol or certain kinds of alcohol. Often times it is not the alcoholic itself but some of the ingredients in the liquor such as the grains hops, or yeast in beer and certain kinds of grapes in wines. For example, a person could be allergic to red wine but not white wine. The alcohol allergy will be just like a food allergy.

Some of these symptoms include:

Rashes and hives

You can get rashes and hives but if you already suffer from chronic hives the alcohol simply makes the hives and rashes worse.

The sulfites

Sulphites are (added preservatives) in the alcoholic beverages may also cause rashes and hives.


Histamines contain yeast and bacteria and can be responsible for alcohol allergies. Here is where you would see the usual allergy symptoms where wheezing, sneezing, and itchy throat appear.


This reaction is caused by an enzyme called Aldehyde dehydrogenase which is broken down in alcohol. This enzyme causes flushing and rapid heart beat. It might also cause nausea but is not considered an alcohol allergy though.

Non-Allergic Rhinitis

This is the regular runny nose after consuming alcohol but it is not considered an allergy per se.

Remember you can still have a great holiday sober. Alcohol does not have to dictate the way you live your life.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar snerfu
10th Sep 2015 (#)

You have reminded me of holidays and now I am getting super excited. Yes, one must be moderate when imbibing alcoholic drinks. Nice article.

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