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What to drink when you are not drinking

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Not sure what to drink when you are not drinking? Decided to live hangover-free but not sure where to start? Want to cut down on your wine consumption but don’t fancy fizzy water? Fed up of nights out on diet coke and water? Even more fed up of people asking if you’re pregnant or trying to persuade you to just have one?

FYI – I answered yes to all of the above.

Stopping drinking, or taking a break, can be hard enough without well-meaning friends and less well-intentioned colleagues (in my own experience) edging you closer to a drink.

Even when it’s not hard when you’re enjoying your Sunday mornings, the extra money in your bank account, and your newfound extra hours in the day; sparkling water and soft drinks can get more than a tiny bit boring.

So what else to drink when not drinking?

(Note: if you find alcohol-free alternatives trigger, this post may be best avoided)

I usually stick to the aforementioned sparkling water and lots and lots of green tea, but every once in awhile I’ll get a bottle of something in for a treat. My suggestions are aligned on the wine (and gin train) and for now, you’re at home drinking, unless you can persuade your local pub to stock them or ask the restaurant to allow you to bring your own drink – I have been known to do this. Club Soda is also doing a great job of encouraging more venues to stock alcohol-free options and you can find your nearest with their Club Soda Guide.

There are also lots of alcohol-free beers on the market – Becks Blue has been a staple on supermarket shelves for a while & Brewdog’s Nanny State is becoming ever more popular in pubs (finally!) – but as I never really drank beer they’re not something I’ve actively hunted out.

However, if you’re looking for a beer to drink when you are not drinking I can’t recommend Dry Drinker enough! I met Stuart, the man behind Dry Drinker, at a One Year No Beer meet up and what he’s doing is awesome + his website offers a huge variety and very reasonable delivery charges. You also get a discount with Club Soda.

For previous prosecco lovers …

White wino no more?

Partial to a glass of red in the past?

For the spirit fans who are rediscovering their sparkle while not drinking:

Start small. Next steps.

When you’re in the supermarket next or doing your online supermarket shopping, add a bottle of something alcohol-free to your basket. All of the options above are yummy alternatives to alcohol, great for a treat if you’re teetotal, having a night off, or simply trying to drink more mindfully.

What are your favourite alcohol-free alternatives? What do you drink when you are not drinking?

I’d love to try some more!


You can read more from Laurie on her blog Girl & Tonic.

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