Week seven: Embracing no & low

Millie Gooch | May 2022 | 6 minutes

Millie Gooch, founder of the Sober Girl Society, brings us some brilliant tips on tackling Sober Spring - the three-month sabbatical off alcohol.

When I stopped drinking four years ago my options for a good non-alcoholic drink were pretty limited *read dire* but by 2022, the landscape has completely changed. From spirits and beers to sodas and kombucha, there are so many great alternatives to alcohol and a pretty hefty amount of research from Social Market Foundation found that among those who have consumed no & low drinks over the past 12 months, about 4 in 10 have cut back on their alcohol consumption. A quick disclaimer that some people prefer to steer clear of drinks that try to emulate alcohol and that’s totally fine but for a lot of people – they can provide a great solution for cravings. Here’s my best tips:

Do your research

If anything, there’s actually now too much choice when it comes to no & low options so if you feel overwhelmed, start by investigating online. Plenty of blogs review non-alcoholic drinks and you can check these out at places like Alcohol Change UK, Club Soda and Sober Girl Society.

Get shopping

Thankfully, most supermarkets have now jumped on the sober train so you can find good non-alcoholic options in most of them. If you’re looking for something a bit more specific, health food stores such as Holland and Barrett and Planet Organic have a plethora of alternatives and specialist websites such as Wise Bartender and Dry Drinker have made non-alcoholic buying easier than ever.

Go full on mixology magic

If you can’t find what you’re looking for – why not get creative and try making your own concoctions? There are plenty of great recipe books for non-alcoholic cocktails such as ‘The Art of Drinking Sober’ and ‘What to drink when you’re not drinking.’ Camille Vidal’s La Maison Wellness is packed with recipes for healthy hedonists.

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