Master the art of social sobriety this summer with helpful tips and delicious, hydrating mocktail recipes to ensure a fun and alcohol-free experience.
You made the decision to bypass the booze or at least decrease your drink consumption. Trying to stay sober while socializing may present some challenges. This Summer, enjoy festivities without compromising your sobriety or health, with top tips to stay alcohol-free and tasty and hydrating mocktail recipes.
Enjoying a glass or two on occasion is perfectly fine alongside a healthy lifestyle. In fact, some suggest that certain types like red wine contain antioxidants (1). However, hitting the bottle hard on the regular, can increase our risk for developing chronic diseases and other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive issues, certain cancers, weakened immunity, and mental health issues (2).
Too much booze can also get in the way of weight related goals. Alcohol contains empty calories, or calories without nutritional perks. Plus, when we get a bit tipsy, it can affect our judgment when it comes to food or other healthy choices – cue late night beer induced pizza order. Alcohol also interrupts our precious sleep by interfering with our sleep cycles and brain chemicals that are related to sleep (3). Without good sleep, our overall well being and weight are negatively affected.
Cutting out alcohol can have some amazing health benefits. Some research found that skipping alcohol for a month can improve energy levels and body weight (4). Almost like hitting a reset button, it can also help people drink less in the long term. If you enjoy a casual drink and don’t want to completely cut it out, consider going “damp”. This means cutting back on your consumption but not entirely quitting.
So, let’s keep the fun BBQ times flowing without alcohol with these strategies and tasty mocktail recipes:
The peer pressure to drink can be hard to fight. But if you find someone pressuring you, simply tell them you’re not drinking today. If you need an excuse, you can always mention that you aren’t feeling well enough, are planning to drive later, or have work. But ultimately you don’t need to make an excuse because it’s your right to say no and set your own boundaries!
Holding a cup of non-alcoholic beverages not only helps you stay hydrated, it prevents peer pressure from someone asking you where your drink is. An even more sneaky tip: fill an empty beer can or bottle with water.
Alcohol makes our bodies lose more fluids and when we pair that with hot summer days, we’re at an increased risk for dehydration. Try some soda water or regular water with a squeeze of lemon or infused with natural fruits. Add some hydrating fruits and vegetables to your BBQ dish to boost hydration even more.
You can take a break from booze but still enjoy a fun, flavorful drink! Not only do they look and often taste like cocktails, they can make you feel part of the BBQ festivities. Check out our delicious recipes here: Friendship in a Glass.
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