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Alcohol-free holiday hosting? It's possible with these tips.

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While the holiday season can provide opportunities to get together with friends and loved ones, it can be a challenging time for those who are working on changing their relationship with alcohol. This holiday season can be different though. Here are some tips for mindful, inclusive hosting over the holidays: 

  1. Variety. Provide a variety of beverages for your guests, including both alcoholic and plenty of non-alcoholic options. Or, a more budget-friendly option – encourage your guests to bring their beverage of choice.
  2. No pressure. Remember that people are at different places in their relationship with alcohol, so don’t encourage guests to drink or drink more than they are comfortable with.
  3. Shift the focus. Try not to make drinking alcohol the main focus of your event. Plan other activities and snacks.

If you're looking for a bit of help as you manage your relationship with alcohol, MindBeacon is here with a variety of supports available in our Virtual Mental Health Therapy Clinic. This includes a Managing Alcohol Use Guided CBT Program. If you are part of our Workplace Mental Health Program, please visit your company page for access to services covered by your program.

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