It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Enjoy it to the fullest by drinking responsibly

Alcohol releases endorphins in the brain and that is why it gives you a relaxed, happy feeling. Do you know what else can give you this same feeling? Enjoying loved ones, friends, and good food this holiday season. Even without alcohol, surrounding yourself with positive people will make this the best Christmas yet!

There are so many reasons why alcohol and excessive drinking can be dangerous. It may give you a moment of relaxation but it also leaves many people feeling overwhelmed.

“Many of the Americans we polled told us drinking alcohol made them feel happy. However, people we polled between the ages of 20 and 29 were the most likely to experience negative feelings like anxiety, sadness, and a sense of being overwhelmed. More than half of everyone we polled – regardless of age – told us that drinking alcohol also made them feel depressed at one point or another.”
https://www.alcohol.org/guides/alcohol-fueled-emotions/

The emotional effect of alcohol is only the start of a long list of negative effects.

https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/effects-on-body#Inflammatory-damage

Here are some fun NON-alcoholic drink recipes that will allow you to enjoy without negative results.

The holiday break is also the perfect time to start a conversation with your children about alcohol. Take the time, make the effort, and use the sources of strength that are surrounding you. Family support + healthy activities will get the ball rolling. And remember, what you do is as important as what you say. Setting a good example by not drinking or simply drinking responsibly shows that you practice what you preach. What you do impacts your child more than you might think. Children watch parents and form habits by what they see every day at home.

If you do plan on drinking, drink in moderation, and remember to always have a designated driver. Make sure no presents remain unwrapped. Loved ones are counting on you being there to celebrate for years to come.

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