St Patrick's Day is synonymous with copious amounts of Guinness, dancing and celebrating the foremost patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick is known to have brought Christianity to Ireland, made the shamrock synonymous with the country and freed Ireland from snakes!
For someone who is trying to reduce or abstain completely from alcohol consumption, celebrations such as this can be challenging and isolating but don’t despair, there are things you can do to still be part of the fun but without alcohol!
St Patrick's Day Celebrations
Often St Patrick's day celebrations take place in a pub or main city centre near bars and clubs. If you feel you have the will power to be in this environment without giving in to the urge to drink alcohol, then you can enjoy the wide range of non-alcoholic beverages available.
However, if you feel the temptation is too strong then it may be worth considering holding your own St Patrick's Day celebrations with one of the options below:
- Wearing green! It is a simple but effective way to celebrate Paddy’s day
- Get dancing! Join in with the Irish jigs and tradition as part of your celebrations.
- Look at alternative events that aren’t based on drinking, there are many musical festivals which you can attend in your area or near to you.
Don’t forget food is a great way to mark a tradition and celebrate and share the joy of a moment, the traditional Irish dish that many indulge in during this time is corned beef and cabbage.
So, try and remember that you can celebrate St Patrick's day without involving alcohol, as this day did not originate as a drinking holiday.