6 Ways To Celebrate New Year's Eve Without Alcohol

New Year’s Eve is a holiday where a lot of people drink. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. 

There are lots of ways you can celebrate the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one without alcohol. Here are seven.

1. T.V./Movie Marathon

There is never a bad time for a T.V. or movie marathon, but there is no better time than New Year’s Eve. Instead of going to a party with lots of alcohol, you can escape into your favorite worlds and characters and let the urge to drink fade to black.

Gather some of your favorite snacks, grab a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, get together with a few friends, and enjoy whatever you’re watching alcohol-free.

2. Game Night

A game night is another excellent way to have a sober New Year’s Eve celebration. You can still be around friends to ring in the new year, but alcohol doesn’t need to come into the mix. 

Pick your favorite games, whether they be board games, card games, or charades, make a bunch of amazing food, maybe add in a few mocktails, and have fun.

3. Dinner Party

While going out to a New Year’s Eve party is the traditional thing to do, why not avoid all the crowds and have your own New Year’s Eve dinner party? 

If you’re a good cook, figure out what you want to make and impress your friends and family members with your skills. If you can barely boil water, grab some pre-made appetizers and store-bought meals. As long as there’s free food, no one is going to care. 

You could also make it a potluck. With everyone contributing a dish, it takes some of the pressure off you. Just make sure everyone knows not to bring alcohol.

4. Self-Care Night

Addiction recovery is hard. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for not only reflection but for some self-care as well. Self-care, which is all about intentional actions, is important for supporting your emotional, physical, and mental health.

You can relax on your own by doing yoga, taking a bath, or playing calming music. If you need some companionship, invite some friends over for a relaxing night in.

5. Fun Non-Alcoholic Drinks

If you want the same feeling of having drinks on New Year’s Eve but not the alcohol, consider some fun alternatives like hot chocolate, apple cider, or sparkling water. Gather with friends, or go solo, and enjoy some indulgent drinks until the ball drops.

You could really spruce things up with a virgin margarita or a milkshake of your choice. While there are a ton of delicious mocktail recipes you can find on the internet, these drinks can be triggering for some recovering from alcohol use disorder, so proceed with caution. 

6. Go To A Meeting

NYE is likely to be a trigger for those in alcohol recovery. Especially if this is your first holiday season without alcohol, you may be tempted to reach for a drink. Even during the holidays, however, it’s important to take things one day at a time. 

To avoid the temptation, consider going to an Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meeting. Many groups hold “marathon meetings” that last into the night, special parties, or other celebrations to bring in the New Year. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, you’re not alone. To learn more about the full range of addiction treatment options we offer, please call our helpline today.


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