Healthy ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (without binge drinking)
St. Paddy’s Day is a fun and festive holiday, but it doesn’t have to involve alcohol. There are healthy ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day without binge drinking.
Statistics show that 32% of men binge drink on St. Patrick’s Day. This is despite its history, which wasn’t always known for heavy drinking as it is today.
Although linked to tradition, binge drinking presents dangerous risks to our health. So, instead of getting those gigantic beer mugs filled to the brim, here are some healthy ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
Enjoy traditional Irish food
Instead of indulging in drinking alcohol, try celebrating a healthy St. Patrick’s Day by exploring traditional Irish cuisine. Cook a hearty meal with dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Brussels sprouts, Greek yogurt, or soda bread.
When eating out, look for restaurants that offer healthy options. Many restaurants now have healthier menu items, and some even provide nutritional information.
Participate in a St. Patrick’s Day parade
Many cities host St. Patrick’s Day parades, which are a great way to get out and celebrate the holiday without alcohol. Dress up in green, wear a pattern of leaf clovers, make a pot of gold prop, and join the festivities.
Attend a cultural event
Many cultural centers and museums host St. Patrick’s Day events that focus on Irish history, music, and culture. These events are a great way to learn something new and celebrate the holiday in a healthy way.
Take an Irish dance class
Irish step-dancing is a popular Irish tradition. Sign up for a dance class to learn some new moves and celebrate the holiday in a healthy way.
Host a game night
Invite some friends over for a game night and play board games, card games, or a scavenger hunt. Offer some healthy snacks and non-alcoholic beverages with green food coloring to keep the mood festive. If they insist on green beer, encourage your friends to drink responsibly and in moderation. Help them pace themselves and avoid binge drinking.
Go for a hike
Get some fresh air and exercise by going for a hike on St. Patrick’s Day. Find a scenic trail and take in the beauty of nature. Wear green hiking gear or accessories, such as hats, socks, or face paint to get in the spirit of the holiday.
Have a themed picnic
Prepare a picnic with green snacks and drinks, such as green smoothies, green apples, kiwi slices, green grapes, or green vegetables like bell peppers or lettuce. You can also pack some traditional Irish snacks like Irish soda bread or scones. Bring along a portable speaker and play some traditional Irish music to set the mood and keep your energy up.
Have a movie night
Choose some Irish-themed movies to watch with friends or family. There are plenty of options to choose from, such as “The Quiet Man,” “The Commitments,” or “Waking Ned Devine.”
Volunteer for a charity
St. Patrick’s Day is a good opportunity to give back to the community. Find a local charity that supports Irish causes or volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank.
Remember, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to involve binge drinking. By choosing healthier activities, we can all work together to make this holiday a safe and enjoyable one.