In a recent article published in the health supplement in the Irish Times, I spoke about my experience socialising without alcohol. I occasionally drink alcohol and enjoy a good glass of wine with a nice meal out, however, for the most part my socialising does not involve alcohol. The Irish Times article "Christmas Cheer without the Beer" can be found here:
I maintain a very balanced, non-judgemental view towards alcohol and have no issue with people drinking. In my work as a psychotherapist, I support and witness people as they bring about healing in many aspects of their lives – emotionally, physically, spiritually, in their relationships and with their mental health. I work holistically and believe if I am to support people in this fashion, I myself must adopt a holistic approach in my own life and wellbeing and regularly consuming alcohol is not, for me, consistent with holistic wellbeing.
Socialising Without Alcohol
Some people believe there is no alternative to socialising outside of a pub or nightclub and can struggle to engage socially without alcohol to boost their confidence. I believe differently - my experience is that we now have more choice available to us and it is possible to build confidence to engage socially without drinking. World-class stadiums, concert arenas, theaters, cinemas and holistic centers provide alternative socialising possibilities. There are many cultural and music festivals around the country and while many of these events promote alcohol, the entertainment can be enjoyed without it. I do, however, understand that it is difficult to choose to stay sober and I am aware of the challenges that it can bring up for people. It took time for me to build the confidence to socialise without alcohol - I developed my self-confidence over time and am now more content and accepting of myself just the way I am so I don’t need it to release inhibitions or give me courage to engage with people.