LDI Wellness: Tips For Social Situations When You Don't Drink

LDI, in conjunction with Behind The Scenes, provided the LDI Wellness Lounge, an alcohol-free, safe space to learn about about nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, physical health, and mental health and talk one-on-one with the presenters. 

To reduce stress on the show floor, there were sessions like David Lincecum's Yoga with Coffee, and daily meditations, in addition to practical advice for people in the industry committing to healthy lifestyles. 

Here is some of the advice that was shared to sober industry professionals working in environments with alcohol.

Tips For Social Situations Involving Alcohol

Since a great deal of business is done on the road or in informal settings rather than an office, it is common to be in situations where alcohol is served or consumed. It is increasingly common for people to explain that they are in recovery, but you are under no obligation to explain your decision to anyone.

Here are a couple of "go to" responses to stop questions:

  • For medical reasons
  • Because of the medication I'm taking
  • I've had enough
  • I'm driving
  • I had a few earlier and i need to be feeling good tomorrow--but you go ahead and have one!
  • When I drink alcohol, I break out in handcuffs
  • Alcohol causes violent vomiting
  • If you drank like me, you'd stop too

Have an exit plan:

Try not to ride with someone else to your destination so that you can leave when you want to. If you have a passenger, or if you have to ride with someone else, they need to understand you may wish to leave early. Never be dependent on someone else to leave a situation, or be afraid or self-conscious about leaving early. 

Private parties or family events:

  • A red solo cup is a great cover! Always bring your own beverages to functions, you don't want to be stuck drinking water all night if the host only stocked beer and wine.
  • Hang out with the kids or young people.

If you are hosting customers or vendors:

  • Choose a neutral environment for a meal rather than a bar.
  • Choose an activity, for example a show or puzzle room, rather than just going to a bar.Have an escape plan --let your guests know the event is a fixed period of time and you  have to be somewhere later.
  • Make a reservation and arrive at that time rather than waiting to be seated in the bar.
  • It is easier to buy a round of drinks than to open a tab so people continue ordering indefinitely.
  • When the server comes to your table have them take away your wine glass so you are no longer asked if you want a refill.

For more help with alcohol and substance abuse, visit Behind the Scenes.