Now that the pubs are gradually starting to re-open for outdoor seating, there’s a sense of normality returning to our world. Whilst that’s exciting and happy news for a lot of people, we understand for some, it might cause concerns and worry about how it could affect their alcohol addiction or previous addiction.
If you are currently struggling or have previously struggled with an alcohol addiction, the re-opening of pubs might be a cause for concern for you but not to worry, here you can find advice and support on anything that may be on your mind.
Worried about the re-opening of pubs?
It's easy for anyone to become more relaxed with personal boundaries when the weather starts getting nicer, especially now we’re now allowed to meet up with friends again, so it's understandable that, if you’re struggling, pubs re-opening might be a concern for you. Despite pubs being a classic place to have an alcohol-based drink, they offer so much more. There’s an extensive variety of soft drinks, non-alcoholic drinks and some even sell mocktails. In addition, you can't go wrong with a bit of pub food or even a dessert. So don’t worry, there’s no reason for you to miss out on seeing your friends as long as you feel comfortable around others who may be drinking.
How you can enjoy socialising without the worry
Despite pubs being the main focus of what was reopened on April 12th, it went unnoticed that lots of other places were also allowed to reopen as well. Hospitality places that can serve food outdoors, community centres, theme parks, libraries and many other places are able to open again- taking the primary focus away from pubs. So, there’s plenty of alternatives to a pub trip, should you feel the desire to go!
- Don’t have fear of missing out! As previously stated, there are so many amazing alternatives to a pub to enjoy with friends and family.
- Don’t feel peer pressure to go to the pub if you don’t want to. Those close to you will understand if it’s not a comfortable environment for you.
- Know your boundaries! If you won’t feel pressured or uncomfortable around people drinking, you know you’ll be ok. If not, be prepared to remove yourself from the situation.
- Seek advice from those around you. Family and friends are there to support you so if you can confide in them about your concerns, it's always useful to have a conversation.
- There are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available to enjoy.