31 Things to Do Instead of Drinking Alcohol

We would save ourselves a lot of trouble and hassle if we could find ways to manage stress and busy days in ways other than drinking alcohol. Our natural reaction to bad news, busy weeks, or hard days is often to have a drink. We seem to think that alcohol soothes the mind, or medicates our nerves, or maybe that it is our reward after enduring something negative. But we forget about how alcohol makes us feel the morning after, and how much time and money we actually waste on this substance that usually causes more harm than good. So maybe the next time we experience hardship, we shouldn’t reach for the alcohol. Maybe we shouldn’t make so many jokes about how a mom is really going to need a drink after that long day with the kids. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage co-workers to come out to the bar to drink their stresses from the day away.

There are many more effective things to do to relieve stress or to make ourselves really feel better. Sometimes just starting one of these activities will be enough to take our mind off of drinking. There really is so much more to life, and rewarding ourselves too quickly with alcohol takes away from these other experiences we could be having. The next time you feel pressured or entitled to drink your troubles away, try one of these activities first:

  1. Go for a long walk
  2. Visit a museum or the zoo
  3. Go for a swim
  4. See a movie
  5. Take a class on languages or art
  6. Get some coffee at your favorite coffee shop
  7. Learn to play an instrument
  8. Attend a play at a local high school
  9. Take in a recital
  10. Walk around the mall
  11. Read a book
  12. Play a game
  13. Plant a flower or tree
  14. Volunteer at a local food bank or shelter
  15. Write a letter to a far away relative
  16. Organize your photos
  17. Call an old friend
  18. Make a meal from scratch
  19. Organize a baseball or volleyball game with friends or co-workers
  20. Clean out a closet at home
  21. Take a bath
  22. Repaint a room in your home
  23. Look through old yearbooks
  24. Start a new hobby
  25. Study the history of your town
  26. Visit the Humane Society
  27. Paint a picture
  28. Go to the library
  29. Ride a bike
  30. Have a picnic
  31. Plan your dream vacation

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