Are you ready to take a dare? Can you go two weeks without hoisting a pint, sipping chardonnay, or slinging a shot? What would it be like to abandon alcohol for two weeks? Parvati Shallow of CBS News challenges viewers to do just that. She writes, \u201cNearly 23 million Americans need treatment for a\u00a0drug or alcohol problem, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports. If you're not one of these people, chances are you know someone who is.\u201d Many people know someone who falls into that category. Irresponsible drinking challenges the quality of life for those with addiction issues as well as for others in their lives. Get on the Wagon If drinking is merely a social choice for you, the #14 Days on the Wagon challenge is calling. The campaign began Oct. 6 and continues through Oct. 20. CBS invites people to visit the website to learn about ways of living a substance-free life while socializing and to share their experiences with others. One event spokesperson, Tommy Rosen of Recovery 2.0, is a yoga instructor who\u2019s been clean for more than two decades and teaches others how to re-create their lives through sobriety. \u201cI have been a marijuana addict, a cocaine addict, a heroin addict, a gambling addict, and a co-dependent, but I am not going to die from the dis-ease of addiction,\u201d he writes. Socializing Without Alcohol Many people choose not to drink to support family and friends in recovery. You may find that you don\u2019t need to drink to have fun. Many activities can take the place of drinking in socializing and relationships, such as: \tWalking \tHiking \tBicycling \tBoating \tCamping \tHolding pot-luck gatherings \tDancing \tBeginning a drum circle \tVisiting museums and art galleries \tPracticing yoga \tSwimming \tGoing to the gym \tMeditating \tSeeing movies \tBowling \tTaking art classes or music lessons \tMeeting for a book club \tGardening with a neighbor \tHosting a house concert \tGoing to 12-step meetings \tVolunteering \tMeeting with others to talk about any topic of interest What\u2019s Your Relationship With Alcohol? If you decide you can\u2019t go 14 days without drinking, examine your relationship with alcohol and its place in your life. If all or most of your friends drink regularly, you may want to explore new friendships. For some who are impacted by alcohol abuse or addiction, the only choices are sobriety or self-sabotage. An important action would be to consider treatment, whether inpatient or outpatient, with the added support of regular self-help support group meetings. If you jump on the wagon, assess how you feel emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually before, during and after. You may save money, feel healthier and make new friends. It could be the beginning of an entirely new way of life.