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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

Tea! A great Orange Pekoe or Dilmah. Yum.
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Old 28.01.2021, 21:08
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

I like one of those small bottles of San Bitter with a measure of orange juice topped up with tonic water over ice and a slice of orange or lemon. Refreshing and it tastes like Aperol or Campari as it uses the same blend of herbs. The Italian own brand one in Lidl is good as well.
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Old 29.01.2021, 10:45
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I did this too and now drink perhaps once every couple of weeks if at all and really enjoy it (as opposed to the "it's 6 PM" drink).

I started hating all the portraits and memes of women needing drinks to get through work, life with kids etc. I mean WTF?
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Yes, they're everywhere and they're old news. But let's face it, the constant "glorification" of drinking while socialising is so common. There are a lot of companies who offer Friday afternoons with mock-up bars or Friday dinners where of course drinking is involved. I get it, it's the signal that weekend has started and people can wind down with each other and be like a family or team or whatever. I always felt peculiar because I don't need booze to enjoy myself and disliked the "let's have another round" thing..."But it's only beer!" Fortunately there are more and more sober events than vice-versa, where one who doesn't (want to) habitually drink is not the weirdo of the village.... Plus moms drinking...nah, it's an easy way out.
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Old 29.01.2021, 12:01
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

During the first lock down, my boyfriend decided to "quit" drinking. (that is, just enjoy a glass or two on special occasions only, like birthday or Christmas etc) Once he made up his mind, he said it was much easier than he thought it would be but that is because there is no socializing at the moment. He has no issues telling friends he already knows that he now hardly drinks, but still feels uncomfortable to order a non alcoholic drink in a bar, if he meets new people. I said that's silly, but another guy friend of his agreed it is weird to ask for a non-alcohol beer in a bar. Why do men feel this way?

Also, he used to say he has a high tolerance for alcohol. But now that he drinks a LOT less, he gets a nice buzz with just a glass or so

PS. We tried non-alcohol wine before and I've never tasted anything so bad. Might as well just drink a nice grape juice.
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He has no issues telling friends he already knows that he now hardly drinks, but still feels uncomfortable to order a non alcoholic drink in a bar, if he meets new people. I said that's silly, but another guy friend of his agreed it is weird to ask for a non-alcohol beer in a bar. Why do men feel this way?
Its just personal insecurity brought about by the social pressure thing. I personally don't give the slightest toots what someone thinks about me not drinking as I am very comfortable about the choice, so I have no problems ordering a coke at the bar. Plus, anyone I am out with will know I don't drink anyway so I don't see why it would be a problem.
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Yes, they're everywhere and they're old news. But let's face it, the constant "glorification" of drinking while socialising is so common. There are a lot of companies who offer Friday afternoons with mock-up bars or Friday dinners where of course drinking is involved. I get it, it's the signal that weekend has started and people can wind down with each other and be like a family or team or whatever. I always felt peculiar because I don't need booze to enjoy myself and disliked the "let's have another round" thing..."But it's only beer!" Fortunately there are more and more sober events than vice-versa, where one who doesn't (want to) habitually drink is not the weirdo of the village.... Plus moms drinking...nah, it's an easy way out.
When we had company apéros and I was doing my dry January, I would ask my cranberry juice in a wine glass : no one would bother asking the "oh, you're not drinking?" and it even changes your mood from "just drinking juice"
Now at home in the weekend, when I am having dinner with a non-alcohol drink, my boyfriend pours it into a wine glass for me too
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

If a friend really gives you a hard time about not drinking when you are trying to cut back, they aren't truly your friend...that's my thought on the situation.

I am very understanding ... but most non-drinkers don't want to hang with me and the gals on a piss up dancing to old school Moby & Fatboy Slim at 1 AM. It doubt it is a sober person's idea of a good time.
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

Sometimes changing one's optics for a min delivers results, like a bit of an anthropological and behavioral point of view:

https://academic.oup.com/alcalc/article/35/1/10/142396

I don't have a personal experience...but OP, your partner could be more supportive than mixing his Fri night drinks, honestly. At least for a little bit. Or mix them Sat morning when he let's you sleep in?

Keep us informed how your fab quest goes.
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When we had company apéros and I was doing my dry January, I would ask my cranberry juice in a wine glass : no one would bother asking the "oh, you're not drinking?" and it even changes your mood from "just drinking juice"
Now at home in the weekend, when I am having dinner with a non-alcohol drink, my boyfriend pours it into a wine glass for me too
Haha, smart, but what everyone drinks shouldn't be anyone else's problem...I think people are just trying to be nice, get everyone in the mood, be festive or whatever. I have some friends who're doing this dry January thing and they say they couldn't have done it if it wasn't for the "lockdown" which is a bit sad I think.

I know "social pressure" does exist because I experienced it myself, but as Chuff nailed it, often times is a matter of insecurity. Sometimes people want too much to go with the flaw...OH doesn't have any problem to order alcohol free beer if he has to drive or do something else. Maybe it's also a question of age? We both used to be more sociable in our twenties and before kids, but tbh now what everyone thinks and does is none of our concern. I can only drop them home if they need a lift.

Btw, Instagram is full of dry January memes! Some of them are really funny. It's funny how many ex-colleagues and friends are excited about it.

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Yes, this. And it depends, also, on which folk are around one, to exercise any social pressure to drink, in the first place.

We still laugh about the time we cleaned up after a great dinner-party - hours of intelligent conversation and good laughs with a dozen people - and found the lone, single bottle of wine that had been opened, still a good third full.
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

I have to say I do miss our local gin bar...
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

... and the real ale micro pub across the road...


But thankfully I have friends who own their own brewery and their delivery rates are v reasonable!
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I have to say I do miss our local gin bar...
I guess it's the atmosphere no? What I do miss are colleagues and friends.
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I guess it's the atmosphere no? What I do miss are colleagues and friends.
Hmmm.... i know those words... colleagues... friends... parents... yeah..., ringing a bell.


Partly the atmosphere. I also really miss all the gin. It's a great gin bar...
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

Sparkling water with a slice of lemon tastes alcoholic when I'm in a good mood.
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Sparkling water with a slice of lemon tastes alcoholic when I'm in a good mood.
I like that. I also drink a lot of tonic water, especially elderflower, but I don't think it tastes like booze.
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I have to say I do miss our local gin bar...
have you tried this new alcohol free Gin- as advertsied on UK TV? What is it like?
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

The major point here is what are you looking for (sorry I didn't read the full thread)
1. if you are looking for a drink that you can sneak into a party to look like everyone else: I don't know, but I would buy the beers with the flip-flop stopper, drain the beer down the toilet and put tea inside

2. if you are looking for a drink to keep your habits, to foul yourself, that you're drinking while you're not: I guess you're going to fail anyway. You need to find a way to stop it, not to stop the intake by keeping on with your habits. I never wanted/have the need to stop drinking, but recently I got very motivated to get rid of the overweight, which made me stop drinking. I got ß-ketone meter, as ß-ketone level in your blood is a trusted confirmation that you are burning fat. Guess what, one beer ruins everything immediately! I haven't drunk a drop of alcohol for a couple of weeks and I was really fine with it, even when meeting with friends, where you know alcohol naturally comes on the table. Having a goal, something you are really committed to, changes everything. Even for a single moment I didn't feel that I am doing any sacrifice by not touching any sweets or alcohol.
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

Why would anyone want alcohol-free drinks these days?

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Hmmm.... i know those words... colleagues... friends... parents... yeah..., ringing a bell.


Partly the atmosphere. I also really miss all the gin. It's a great gin bar...
Where are you? Barfly by chance in Basel?
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Re: alcohol free drinks - recommendations?

A bit like painfree or painful, childbirth - it is good to have a choice. Each to their own.
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