The roar of the crowds, the thrill of touchdowns, and the communal spirit of celebrating football’s biggest night are soon upon us as the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions vie for a spot in the coveted Super Bowl 2024 finals. While teammates hustle on the field to score that final game-winning play, many fans around the nation will be making their own plays at staying sober amidst a culture often saturated with alcohol.
You see, just as certain as penalty flags and halftime shows (Who’s ready for Usher, Reba and Post Malone?), Super Bowl Sunday has become synonymous with beer commercials and booze-soaked parties. As we revel in every suspenseful pass and tackle during this national sporting extravaganza, statistics reveal an unsettling spike in alcohol consumption. In fact, studies have shown that sport events like the Super Bowl can lead to increased rates of drinking and unfortunate relapses for those navigating sobriety.
Staying sober doesn’t mean you have to take a rain check on fun!
But here’s the kicker: staying sober doesn’t mean you have to take a rain check on fun! Instead, consider this high-octane event as an opportunity to assess your strengths while enjoying every strategic play and touchdown dance – all without compromising your self-care nor sobriety goals.
While you navigate this celebratory day – fully aware that others may indulge around you – remember why you started this sober journey. It can be empowering not to feel swayed by social pressure to drink or feel inclined to divulge your life story. Keep it simple with responses like “I’m keeping sharp for all the action,” or “I’ve got an early day tomorrow,” when faced with questions about why you’re not drinking.
A sober game plan for the Super Bowl is crucial.
Just as coaches strategize for victory, here are some tips for sobriety:
Suit Up With Non-Alcoholic Alternatives:
From sparkling mocktails garnished with fresh fruit to non-alcoholic craft beers that mimic the taste of traditional brews sans buzz – there’s no shortage of creative drink options. Elevate your hydration game by serving up sophisticated concoctions in festive glassware. Why not try a Hail Mary made with tomato juice, lemon zest, and a dash of Worcestershire?
Hail Mary Mocktail
– 4 oz tomato juice (fresh or store-bought)
– 1 oz lemon juice (about half a lemon)
– 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 2 dashes of hot sauce (like Tabasco), to taste
– A pinch of ground black pepper
– A pinch of smoked paprika (optional, for a smoky twist)
– A pinch of celery salt
– Ice cubes
– Garnishes: celery stick, lemon wedge, pickled veggies (like olives and gherkins), fresh herbs (such as basil or cilantro)
Join a Team:
Surrounding yourself with fellow supporters who understand your goals can offer strength during potentially vulnerable moments. Seek out local 12-step groups or create your own team of friends dedicated to celebrating sans spirits.
Play Offense and Defense:
Be proactive about where you watch the game. Host your own party centered around foodie delights or strategic board games during halftime; control your space by having an exit strategy from environments where drinking is front-and-center.
Ultimately though, keep in mind that reveling in festivities shouldn’t compromise who you are or what you’ve accomplished. This Super Bowl can be more than just watching epic plays—it’s a chance to prove (primarily to yourself) that challenges can be surmounted with camaraderie, mental fortitude, and yes—a generous serving of delicious snacks!
There’s charisma found within clarity—and recalling every magnificent moment on Monday morning without sifting through a haze is irreplaceable. Remembering who won (and losing no memories in getting there) adds genuine value to your experience.
Cheering alongside teammates (be they feathered Ravens or ferocious Lions), raising glasses filled with bubbly refreshments that won’t dull senses but will still tickle taste buds—this moment has potential beyond measure.
Here’s something else worth raising your non-alcoholic beverage towards: self-discovery and growth amid societal expectations can be gleaned from days just like Super Bowl Sunday. No matter which team lands that shining Vince Lombardi Trophy after battling it out on gridirons laden with ambition—you’re there making strides on personal fields streaked with perseverance.
Dive into platters not pitchers; trade brews for belly laughs; opt for camaraderie over cocktails—create memories rather than missed opportunities. Navigating Super Bowl Sunday while sober might feel daunting now but think back on those electrifying tackles made during crucial downs—the beauty lies within overcoming odds when they’re stacked against you.
Sobriety is more than possible; it’s enriching when threaded through experiences like these—it leads us toward recollections untainted by shadows cast by substance use. Here’s to sticking to your new year goals, new memories, a growing self-esteem and an amazing life in sobriety.
By Jace A.