What To Drink When You're Not Drinking
Do you feel like you've drunk a bit too much over Christmas, or would you just like to take some time off drinking? A month off is the perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol.
It only takes three weeks to break a habit, so this could be your route to happier, healthier drinking long-term.
If you’re already a couple of weeks into Dry January or maybe just thinking of starting, you might want to read about the potential health benefits of going sober. We've also got a list of suggested alcohol-free drinks for you to try as an alternative.
What health benefits can you reasonably expect from Dry January?
1. Would you like to see a general improvement in your health?
Excessive drinking can lead to serious negative health outcomes, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer.
Research shows that the liver can develop new cells, but drinking too much over many years can reduce its ability to regenerate. This can result in serious and permanent damage to your liver.
Taking a load off this vital organ certainly isn't the worst idea!
2. Have you got the January blues? Why not see how your body and your mind feel without your favourite tipple.
If, for instance, you've not been feeling your best lately, it may be that your regular drinking habits could be a contributing factor.
It could be helpful to see how you're feeling (mentally, physically and socially) when you don't have a drink for a month.
Simply achieving something you found difficult can help boost your confidence and give you a feeling of success.
Whether you do it again the next year, or you try something new, it can be a great benefit for your mental wellbeing.
3. Want to sleep better and feel more energized?
Abstaining for a month may help you feel more clearheaded, help you to sleep better and can also aid regular digestion.
This can help you feel more energetic and stay motivated to get in your workouts and stick to overall healthy eating habits.
And the sheer fact that you're not going out, can lead to sleeping more and skipping fewer workouts.
All of that can impact how productive you are, how focused you are at work, and how you feel overall.
4. Would you like to lose some weight?
If you're having several alcoholic drinks a week, one result of dry January could be a decrease in your overall calorie intake, this is because a standard alcoholic drink typically has around 200 calories!
If you're trying to lose weight or be mindful of what you're consuming, cutting alcohol can be one way to approach it, without compromising any of the fuel and essential nutrients your body needs.
5. Make a change that lasts.
Once Dry January is over check-in with yourself to see how the experiment went and what that might mean for your relationship with alcohol.
Do you feel better? Healthier? More productive? Have you saved money?
Maybe you've found that you're more energized without all those hangovers, or you're less anxious after a night of drinking. Or maybe you've found that you basically feel the same and just miss the social aspects of drinking with friends.
All of these are helpful takeaways to consider after your experiment.
Our favourite alcohol-free drinks
Wonderful Water - may seem like a boring choice but it's the perfect place to start. Add your favourite fruits and herbs to your glass for added flavour; we love juicy berries, zingy citrus slices or refreshing cucumber and mint, but you can mix and match as you like.
Flavoured sparkling or soda water - a great alternative to prosecco!
Mocktails - experiment and create your own new favourite drink!
A slimline tonic - a lifesaver. Try a 'slim and no gin'.
What about an elderflower cordial - we love it with fizzy water?
There is a great range of alcohol-free beers to try - try one this week
And finally, have you heard of Seedlip - they have a great range of alcohol-free drinks?
If you'd like to know more about Dry January and the benefits to you if you don't drink for the next month, get in touch.
Our helpful team of fully qualified Nutritionists are always on hand to help.