A Refreshing Way to Limit or Avoid Alcohol

Embracing a Fun and Responsible Summer
Healthy Beverages Everyone Can Enjoy

A Refreshing Way to Limit or Avoid Alcohol

A recent study conducted by NYU School of Medicine shows that the rates of substance abuse tend to increase during the summer months, with both teens and adults consuming excessive alcohol. It’s essential to have open conversations about responsible choices and maintaining a safe and healthy summer.

Join us as we explore practical tips, share insight, and provide support in navigating the unique challenges surrounding alcohol and substance. Let’s make this summer a season of kindness, growth, wellness, and unforgettable memories!

What is the Reality of Substance Abuse in the Summer Months?

Prevalence is a significant concern when it comes to alcohol and substance abuse. Studies have shown that the rates of substance abuse tend to increase during the summer months, with both teens and adults consuming excessive alcohol. This surge in usage can lead to detrimental physical and mental health consequences.

According to the CDC, excessive alcohol consumption can result in severe liver damage, cardiovascular problems, weakened immune systems, and a higher risk of accidents and injuries. The National Institute of Health says, alcohol abuse, including the misuse of drugs, can exacerbate anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders.

How To Limit or Avoid Alcohol

Limiting or avoiding alcohol in the summer can be a conscious choice for many reasons, and there are plenty of alternatives available for those who still want to enjoy a refreshing beverage. Here are some tips to limit or avoid alcohol in the summer:

  1. Set your intentions: Decide why you want to avoid alcohol and remind yourself of your goals. This will help you stay committed.
  2. Find alternative activities: Plan activities that don’t revolve around alcohol. Engage in outdoor sports, explore nature, go swimming, or try new hobbies. Keeping busy with enjoyable activities can reduce the desire for alcohol.
  3. Choose alcohol-free social events: Seek out social gatherings or events that don’t involve alcohol. Look for activities like picnics, outdoor concerts, or community events where alcohol consumption isn’t the primary focus.
  4. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help quench your thirst and reduce the desire for alcoholic beverages. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  5. Create mocktails: Explore the world of non-alcoholic cocktails or “mocktails.” These drinks are designed to mimic the flavors and presentation of traditional cocktails without alcohol. There are numerous recipes available online, or you can experiment with your favorite flavors and ingredients.
    • Are mocktails healthy? Well, it depends. When having a mocktail, or any beverage, it’s important to look at the ingredients and sugar content. According to the American Heart Association, men and women should limit their daily added sugar intake to 25-26 grams or lower. Choose drinks with natural herbs, natural sweeteners, fruit juices, and carbonated water. Check out these KIND Summer Mocktail Recipes.

Explore healthier alternatives

There are several healthier drink options available that can be enjoyed during the summer. Some examples include:

  • Infused water: Add slices of fruits, herbs, or vegetables to your water for a refreshing twist.
  • Herbal teas: Brew herbal teas with flavors like mint, chamomile, or fruit infusions. They can be enjoyed hot or iced.
  • Fresh fruit juices or smoothies: Blend together your favorite fruits with some ice for a healthy and tasty beverage.
  • Kombucha: This fermented tea can be a great alternative to alcoholic drinks. It offers a tangy flavor and is available in various fruity or herbal options.
  • Sparkling water: Enjoy flavored or plain sparkling water for a fizzy and refreshing experience.


As we wrap up this blog on alcohol abuse during the summer months, we want to leave you with a message of hope, kindness and encouragement. Remember, no one is alone on this journey. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment that can be reached at 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357). Every individual’s journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Whether this resonates with you or someone you know, find strategies and support that and align with internal and external goals. With determination, support, and a commitment to self-care, anyone can successfully get past substance abuse and lead a fulfilling, healthy, and substance-free life.

Published on August 9, 2023

Questions? Comments? Want to contribute to the Wellness Wednesday Blog?
Send your ideas to info@bkpp.org.

Learn More about The Be Kind People Project®

Copyright © The Be Kind People Project    |    Privacy Policy