Cinco De Mayo is a celebratory holiday that takes place across the United States and across many countries. This infamous party lasts five days and can have the entire world in its grasp for one night only. One of the celebration’s most popular attractions is their drinking traditions, which can lead to a lot of people celebrating “dry”.
People who want to stay sober through the holidays are in for a rough time. The holidays and drinking go hand in hand – it’s just what you do. Cinco De Mayo is no exception — after all, that’s why we celebrated the day! So, how can you have fun without getting drunk? Here are our 5 tips for staying sober through Cinco De Mayo:
1) Take Baby Steps
If you’re already thinking about going out and having a drink with your friends tonight, resist the temptation and start by changing your mindset. Think about how your night might be better if you just had some chips and salsa at home. And if you still want to go out, don’t make it a big deal. Just don’t do it in a smart way.
2) Be the Designated Sober Driver
When going out with friends, especially for a holiday like Cinco De Mayo, we all know what the motive is. Everyone wants to go out and drink and have a good time but never think of the consequences of drunk driving until it is too late. If you want to join your friends or family but choose to stay sober, offer to be the designated driver. You will not only get to choose when you can leave, but you are helping keep everyone safe.
3) Say, “No Thanks”
If someone asks you to take a shot with them, don’t decline their offer and then sneak out for your own shot later. That’s lying and we all know it. Just say, “No thanks! I’m not taking any shots tonight!” Then move on. Don’t feel peer pressured into doing something you don’t want to do.
4) Turn Down Those Margaritas
A lot of people have been known to get caught drinking margaritas through the straw so no one sees them actually consuming alcohol. Avoid the temptation. We know what you’re thinking, but it’s not worth the trouble you’ll get into if someone tells your parents or friends. One alcoholic beverage leads to another and nothing good comes from it. Just stick to a soft drink.
5) Take Care of Yourself
If you’re going to be out all night long, take care of your basic needs. Eat something beforehand and bring some snacks with you. You’ll be less likely to eat and drink on a full stomach, plus having a backpack loaded with healthy snacks is great for when you go in between events!