For centuries, alcohol has been a part of holiday parties, and traditions. Alcohol is present at most community and family gatherings in fact.
Alcohol is used by many people for different reasons more often at the holidays. For some people who are mildly anxious, alcohol may be used to help feel less nervous.
For those of us with hearing families, we may feel very alone at family gathering. Our family members may not be good at communicating with us or at including us in conversations. We may have a drink to “fit in” because we do not feel a part of the family perhaps. Alcohol is often a part of Deaf community events too.
We have to remember to set limits when we drink. We should know how many drinks suits us, have a designated driver when you are at a party or bar, and keep safe!!
Set a drinking limit for the holidays and stick to it!! Write it down if you need to. Keep track of your drinking. Make some of your holiday events be alcohol free. Exercise and try to keep stress low. Remember who you are with when you are most tempted to drink and where you tend to be. Try to limit these occasions this holiday. Also, don’t drink when you are angry or upset.
If you or a friend needs help in cutting down or drinking you can find help this holiday season.
We hope that you have a happy a safe holiday!
The HealthBridges Team
Read more next page: Recovery from Addictions
For a list of resources, You can contact your insurance provider as well to get assistance in finding accessible services. Your insurance company can help to advocate for you to get appropriate services.
Center for Hearing and Deaf Services – Ask where to find interpreted AA meetings with the interpreting department
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – Learn facts and figures about alcohol
SAMSHA – Find drug and alcohol treatment options in your area
Alcoholics Anonymous – Find a group of men and women in your area who share their experiences , struggles and hopes as they recover from alcohol
PA Al-Anon – Find a group meeting for friends and loved ones of alcoholics
Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol – Deaf off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA) is a grant-funded project to improve alcohol and drug treatment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. By Wright State University
If you would like to learn more about this topic or if you have resources to offer, please contact us.