I Survived Disney World Sober!
As I am typing the title to this blog post I realize that to a person who does not have an addiction to alcohol, this title probably seems absurd! Because, I am sure that normies don’t think this way, and instead accept drinking as a part of the vacation, a must do, and a way to get through it all. Isn’t that why there is always some pretty looking drink in those beach vacation ads?!
It’s crazy that drinking is allowed practically everywhere. I mean when you really think about it, isn’t it dangerous to go skydiving after drinking, or ride a roller coasters or, swim in the ocean, or ride a jet ski!? I would think so, and unfortunately, Disney was no exception – huge billboard size signs hang in front of all the places offering alcoholic beverages!
The funny thing is that when I was drinking I never noticed the signs or if anyone was drinking. But now, I can tell you what everyone is having and how many they had, and how fast they had them!
I don’t know about you but I often find myself in this situation – when I don’t expect alcoholic beverages in any shape or form to be lurking around, ooops… there they are! It drives me nuts! Don’t these people know that I am trying to stay sober?!?! Sheesh!
Fortunately for me I had my three kids with me, and their sheer excitement and my overwhelming fear of losing them in the massive sea of people, kept me pretty clear from over focusing on those alcoholic beverages!
I did have a moment or even two, later in the day, after walking for miles and standing in lines for hours, when my frustration got the better of me and for a fleeting moment I felt like a drink would be nice about now. But it really was just a passing feeling, thank goodness!
To tell you the truth, a part of me is always a bit sad/upset/angry that “they,” “these other people,” those damn “normies,” can be drinking at anytime! But as I think about it all some more, I quickly realize that if I was drinking, well, first of all, I most likely would not make it out of the house to go to Disney (actually, I probably would not have the money to go to Disney because I would have spent it all on booze,) but if I did, I would probably remember only the first few hours, and then at some point, most likely put myself in an unsafe situation, like losing my keys, or not being able to find my way home.
There is also the unrealistic FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out! Because really, what am I missing out on when I don’t drink? The chaos? The confusion? The inability to make good decisions, or any decisions at all? And wait the hangovers? Not being able to remember anything? Losing things? Getting lost? Again, I could go on and on, but I think you get the point here.
So how was my trip to Disney World, sober and with 3 kids, you ask?
It was perfectly imperfect – messy, fun, frustrating, exciting, super sweaty, exhilarating, and tiring! And of course the best time ever!!!
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*Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using (Ref: NIAAA).