Okay…we know its only Wednesday, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we here at DanversCARES fully intend on relaxing with friends and family on Friday, and maybe even taking advantage of some Black Friday shopping deals.
So as promised here is the first recap of our Holiday Tips, with a little bit of extended thoughts and insight around staying safe this holiday season.
1) Holiday Tip #1: During the holiday season, always make sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available to your guests.
It is always good to have options, and to give your guests the ability to have a drink without alcohol. With holiday parties coming up any day, we all begin traveling more and more to see friends and family. During this festive time (and all other times as well), it is important to make healthy decisions around drinking, and drinking and driving.
2) Holiday Tip #2: Parents, talk with your children and set clear guidelines and expectations around drinking. You have more influence on your child then you might think.
It is shown that consistent expectations, clear boundaries, and regular conversation does set it, and makes a big difference. Even if you think your teen is ignoring you, tuning you out, and otherwise unwilling to listen…the message is still getting through. Make sure that you know your teens plans, they know your rules, and that everyone has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
3) Holiday Tip #3: Always serve plenty of food at a party, when you plan on having alcohol available.
We are not against alcohol at DanversCARES, we just want you to make healthy and informed decisions. If you are going to serve alcohol at your holiday party (or any time) make sure that you offer your guests plenty of food and snacks. Eating before drinking helps your body process alcohol, and having food options at a party will often reduce the rate your guests will drink.
Have a safe, healthy and happy thanksgiving, and we will see you next week!