The holiday season is upon us! The time when friends and family come together to celebrate and give thanks for all they have. It's also the season of holiday parties and, unfortunately, increased alcohol consumption. No one is sure where No Alcohol November came from or exactly how it got started. However, many people use November – particularly the first two weeks of November – as an abstinence launch pad for the holidays. The idea is to have an alcohol fast before drinking during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time when people drink too much. While moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle, drinking too much can lead to problems. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to problems like feeling sick the next day, not being able to think straight, or even bickering with family and friends. While the holidays are a magical time, they can also be a stressful time. One way to reduce stress during the holidays is to cut back on alcohol consumption. No-Alcohol November is a great way to help launch you into mindful drinking for the holidays so you can enjoy festivities without the side effects. Taking a break from alcohol pre-holidays will help you be more mindful about your consumption during the festivities to come.
The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, but it’s important to be mindful of how much alcohol you are consuming. Here are some tips to help you avoid drinking too much during the holidays:
Set limits for yourself before the festivities begin. Whether it’s limiting the number of drinks you’ll have or setting a time you’ll stop drinking for the night, having a plan can help you stick to your goals.
Try alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Keep a non-alcoholic beverage in hand at all times. This will help you pace yourself and avoid getting too intoxicated.
Stick to one type of alcohol. Switching between beer, wine, and cocktails can make it harder to keep track of how much you're drinking. Second, alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Additional tips to keep in mind: drink slowly, eat before and while you drink, and know your limit. If you’re at a party, try to stay away from the punch bowl or open bar. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’re drinking when you’re constantly refilling your glass. And lastly, know when to say when.
The holidays are about being present and enjoying moments with family and friends, don't let alcohol interfere. Below are a few of our favorite non-alcoholic recommendations to help you get through the festivities without the alcohol.
Spiritless Kentucky 74
Spiritless Kentucky 74 is a beautifully distilled non-alcoholic spirit for bourbon cocktails. Kentucky 74 is crafted using a proprietary reverse distillation process.
This will be your new favorite Non-Alcoholic Bourbon. Delicious enough to sip on its own, or to use in a classic cocktail.
Free Spirits The Spirit of Tequila
An oaky, fiery, earthy non-alcoholic alternative to Tequila, The Spirit of Tequila is made with all natural flavors and functional ingredients to awaken your taste buds, help elevate your mood and recharge your body.
The combination of the warming spice of capsicum with the cooling notes of cucumber and menthol, emulates the characteristics of a classic pure vodka.
Pierre Zéro Chardonnay Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Wine
Pierre Zéro Chardonnay Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Wine is produced in France. It has a pale yellow color with shine & glint, and it's brilliantly sparkling. Pierre Chavin's Zéro Chardonnay Sparkling is perfect as an apéritif or with desserts.
Cheers to the holiday season!