You have decided to stop drinking – or to cut down on drinking, but what about those social gatherings where everyone around you has a drink in hand? Maybe you’re fine with not drinking alcohol, but enjoy the taste of your favorite beer. What are some alternatives to alcohol?
Of course, there is also the dilemma that most of us don’t want to talk about: using alcohol to calm nerves or relieve stress. Is there anything else that can help achieve the same effect, without all the drawbacks? Yes, there is. Read on for solutions to these dilemmas.
Mocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beer
● Going out for cocktails with friends can be tough to give up. Who wants to feel like they’re not part of the fun anymore? One alternative to alcohol can be drinking “mocktails” – or non-alcoholic beer or cocktails – can help to deflect temptation or teasing from friends and acquaintances. If you are holding what looks like a cocktail, the awkward conversation can be avoided. Any drink made with alcohol can also be made without it. You still have all the fun with none of the intoxication. In addition, virgin cocktails are a lot cheaper than their high-octane counterparts are.
● Another problem with giving up drinking for some people is that they simply enjoy the taste of a good beer, and until recently most of the non-alcoholic beers available were definitely not of the gourmet variety. Today, though, several brewing companies offer tasty non-alcoholic versions of some of their most beloved beers. This is quite heartening for connoisseurs who appreciate the complexity of a particular type of beer. It is expected that these companies will continue to make more of their best creations available in non-alcoholic varieties.
Alcohol Free Ways to Take the Edge Off
The truth is that many people rely on alcohol to help them loosen up in social situations or to unwind at the end of a long day. It can be very tempting to have just one to help reduce anxiety or overcome shyness. This can be risky, though, especially if you have made the commitment not to drink. Luckily, there are plenty of very effective ways to calm down, ease tension, and stave off anxiety without hitting the bottle.
● Meditation is a great way to relax after a stressful day without using any kind of substance. You can also try some yoga to achieve this. Simply eliminating all distractions and taking some time to be still, quiet, and aware will do wonders for your state of mind.
Sure, having a drink can provide a quick fix when we are feeling wound up and tense, however, it’s not healthy to cover up negative emotions this way. Once you have taken some deep breaths and cleared your mind of excess junk, you’ll often find yourself feeling much more serene and in control. It’s very empowering to realize that you are in charge of the way things affect you.
● Exercise is another highly effective way to banish stress. Working out might be the last thing you want to do after a tough day, but the physical and emotional payoff is well worth it. Drinking will only mask the frustration you’re feeling. Exercise is proven to help you balance your brain chemistry and to be happier, naturally.
● You can also reach for some herbal remedies to help you feel more at ease. Try drinking chamomile, valerian or passion flower tea. Each of these have been used for centuries to naturally calm nerves and reduce stress. They are also available in supplement form in case drinking tea isn’t your “cup of tea.”
There are plenty of worthy substitutes for drinking alcohol. They can help to ease the transition from being a regular drinker to becoming a non-drinker. Have fun trying them, you may just pick up a healthy new habit.
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