Travel Tips for Recovering Alcoholics
Temptation to drink alcohol is common for business travelers who
are recovering alcoholics. Drinks are offered on the airplane, at
conferences, at business lunches and dinners, at hotel bars, and
elsewhere. Travel itself may increase both anxiety and loneliness
and the desire to drink.
Here are some tips for recovering alcoholic travelers:
- Plan ahead and ask the hotel to remove all alcohol beverages
from the room’s minibar.
- Carry a list of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or other self-help
group meeting times and locations.
- Carry phone numbers of friends and sponsors back home and keep
in close contact.
- Avoid having free time by making arrangements ahead of time
to go to a ballgame, museum, concert, gym, or other activity of
- Carry candy or other products to help fight the urge to drink.
- Make a “gratitude list” on how much better life
is in abstinence and read it as often as necessary.
- Carry self-help literature, such as the Alcoholics Anonymous
publication, Living Sober.
It’s important to plan ahead in order to avoid facing too
much temptation to drink.
- Olsen, P.R. Road rules for recovering
alcoholics. New York Times (Business Travel), 9-23-03.