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Celebrate Responsibly: Tips for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

GSA Biz Wire //March 8, 2024//

Celebrate Responsibly: Tips for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day

GSA Biz Wire //March 8, 2024//

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GREENVILLE, SC – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many across the United States eagerly anticipate the festivities associated with the holiday. From wearing green to attending parades and parties, the day is marked by joyous celebrations. However, amidst the revelry, it is crucial to remember the importance of celebrating responsibly, especially for those who choose to abstain from alcohol.

Originally a day for family gatherings, activities with children, and religious observance, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a widely celebrated occasion, often accompanied by heavy drinking. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day ranks as the fourth most-celebrated drinking day in America, following closely behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day, and July Fourth.

Traditionally, bars in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick’s Day, but the rise of the “pub crawl” culture and relentless promotion of alcohol have transformed the holiday into a day of continuous drinking. “At RCA, we advocate for a sober St. Patty’s Day as a testament to the strength and resilience of individuals choosing a healthier path,” says CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Greenville, Lisa Goodnough.

Recovery Centers of America promotes a culture of responsible celebration and offers support to those who choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day soberly. Here are some tips for enjoying a sober St. Patrick’s Day:

• Embrace the traditions: Participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities without alcohol by donning green attire, attending parades, and engaging in activities that celebrate Irish culture and heritage.

• Plan ahead: If you’re attending events where alcohol will be present, plan your transportation in advance. Consider carpooling with a designated driver, using ride-sharing services, or relying on public transportation to ensure a safe journey home.

• Seek sober-friendly events: Look for events in your community that cater to individuals who choose to celebrate without alcohol. Many organizations host alcohol-free gatherings, offering a welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.

• Focus on connections: Use St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to connect with friends and loved ones. Engage in meaningful conversations, share laughter, and create lasting memories without the need for alcohol.

• Support one another: If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and need help, the staff at Recovery Centers of America is available 24/7. Call 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-572-2669) for help today. Or for more information, visit

Goodnough continues, “By prioritizing responsible celebration and supporting those who choose to abstain from alcohol, we can ensure that St. Patrick’s Day remains a day of joy, camaraderie, and inclusivity for all.”


Recovery Centers of America is dedicated to helping patients achieve a life of recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions. RCA has 11 inpatient facilities in Earleville and Waldorf (near Washington D.C.), Maryland; Danvers and Westminster, Massachusetts; Devon (near Philadelphia), and Monroeville (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania; South Amboy and Mays Landing, New Jersey; St. Charles, Illinois (outside of Chicago); Indianapolis, and Greenville in South Carolina. A full spectrum of outpatient treatment is also provided at many of these facilities. Patients can obtain care by calling 1-844-5-RCA-NOW (844-572-2669) with complimentary transportation provided in most cases. For the fourth year, RCA is recognized as having multiple sites atop Newsweek’s America’s Best Addiction Centers rankings for excellence.