Some of the hardest obstacles to weather on the road to recovery are holidays - especially those accentuated by celebrations and gatherings. Holidays, such as Memorial Day, deserve our observance and celebration, but nobody ever said you couldn't do it while sober. In fact, there are benefits that an alcohol-free Memorial Day weekend has over one that is oriented around drinking.

You won't harm yourself or anyone else

During last year's Memorial Day period, 41% of fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver ( By choosing to celebrate with sobriety, you take yourself and everyone around you out of that equation.

You won't be hungover

Memorial Day celebrations and activities tend to span over a long weekend. You give yourself more opportunities to enjoy your time off when you can wake up feeling your best.

You can observe the significance of the holiday

Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by those who work tirelessly to protect our freedom. While we all understand the significance, it quickly becomes secondary when our day is focused on our own indulgences.

You will be present to create memories

At the end of the day, the real value of your Memorial Day gatherings are the memories you will get to hold on to. By choosing to omit alcohol from your celebration, you are allowing yourself to remember how much fun you were able to have with your family and friends, and without alcohol.

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