Using substances to cope with difficult emotions is a slippery slope, as it can be difficult to tell when it becomes a problem. Being aware of your substance use, such as how much alcohol you drink, will help you ensure you are coping with holiday stress in a healthy way and will prevent you from developing a habit that sticks with you long after the holidays are gone. 

Check out the HRI program: When Alcohol Use Becomes Misuse for more on when drinking crosses the line to alcohol misuse.