Healthy Minute: How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Without Drinking

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Healthy Minute l Burnett Co. Medical Center |

St. Patrick’s Day comes at a time of the year when most people are ready to have some fun. After getting through most of a long, cold winter—and well after all the exuberance of the holidays is gone—many are looking for a reason to go out with their friends and get loose.

For a lot of people, this includes drinking, but celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be a reason to have a few beers. It can also be a day of family fun or simply spending time with your friends and loved ones.

One thing that is important to keep in mind is safety. While you may not want to go out and drink, many others will be doing just that. If you want to include your family in the festivities, it’s a good idea to get started earlier in the day. Do some research online to see what kind of events are happening in your area on that day, and which ones are family-friendly.

Here are a few more tips on how to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day without alcohol.

Be a designated driver

If you have several friends who will be going out to celebrate and you want to join them, go for it! You don’t have to drink to have fun, and being the sober one in the group will give you the chance to make sure everyone gets home safely. If your group is too large to fit into one car, find out if the local cab service gives free rides home from the bar on holidays.

Cook a big Irish meal

If going out isn’t your thing, stay home instead and prepare a big Irish meal, such as corned beef and cabbage with soda bread. Talk to your children about the importance of the history of St. Patrick’s Day and look up some facts about it online together. This is especially important if you have Irish ancestors but don’t know much about the history of the holiday.

Spend time with your family

There are probably tons of things you can do with your family on St. Patrick’s Day in your area; look online to see what sort of special events are happening. Often, there are parades downtown or special sales and events at stores, so do a bit of research and make a plan before you go out. There may be several streets blocked off for a parade, or traffic could be a nightmare, so it’s best to be prepared.

Check out the best Ireland has to offer

If you can’t get to Ireland in March, do the next best thing and find and support Irish musicians and filmmakers. There are so many great movies, songs, and artists that you may never have heard of, so hop online and do a bit of homework. This is a great way to teach your children about Irish culture, as well, and the bonus is that you can learn together and spend some quality time with each other.

Learn the language

If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, consider learning to speak and understand the Irish language with an app like Duolingo. Just a few minutes a day can get you a fun and informative lesson, and this is also something you can share with the kids.

There may be several events, classes, and activities you can do with your family on St. Patrick’s Day that you aren’t even aware of. Keep an eye on social media for news about upcoming events, and look online for activities you can do with your loved ones that don’t involve green beer.

Submitted by: Caleb Anderson at Recovery Hope.

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