According to mindfuldrinkingfestival.com, it’s an attitude. ‘When you drink mindfully, you become aware of how your body and mind are affected, and can decide if you’re OK with that. You get that bit of space to take control of your drinking habits.’ To put that into practice? Resist the temptation to guzzle your next G&T while already planning your next tipple. Make it special by taking the time to sip it slowly. Savour it. Focus on how it tastes, looks and the sensations it brings. Concentrate on the enjoyment, rather than simply necking one after the other for the drunken buzz.
Her book, Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life (combining scientific insight with simple, practical advice), is the perfect starting point for the sober curious.
London-based? Square Root Soda Bar is great for tasty cocktails made sans alcohol (they taste so good, you’d have no clue!). And for boujee, non-alcoholic beverages – think refreshing ‘mock-jitos’ served in gorgeous vintage glasses – try Redemption. Near Manchester? Go to Cloud 23: the views are top-notch and the entire cocktail menu can be made alcohol-free! DRY, in Edinburgh, offers alcohol-free beers, wines and cocktails, while in Ireland, Dublin’s chic hotspot, The Virgin Mary, is the country’s first alcohol-free bar. (Check out the Club Soda Guide for the best non-alcoholic and low alcoholic drinks and venues local to you.) Cheers!
Podcast Love Sober is hosted by two friends, Kate and Mandy, chatting openly about navigating life, and parenting, through a sober lens. They say: ‘Whether binge drinking or drinking to self-medicate stress, depression or anxiety, we talk about it all with the vibe of a comfy chat over a cuppa.’ And for more tips (and a non-preachy, witty read), try The Sober Girl Society Handbook, by Millie Gooch. Following her successful online community, it empowers you to reflect honestly on your relationship with alcohol. And the uplifting, inspiring The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, by Catherine Gray, is a raw memoir that also explains why we drink and what it does to our brains and bodies.
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