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From boozy brunches to happy hour, clubbing, concerts and sporting events, alcohol has become a major part of socializing, and although alcohol use spiked during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, young adults are drinking less and older adults are drinking more than in previous decades.
According to a Gallup report from last summer, drinking among adults older than age 55 increased 10 percent in the last decade, while 62 percent of adults under age 35 admit to drinking, down 10 percent from a decade ago.
If you’ve been wanting to take a break from alcohol, Dry January is a great time to get started.
Country star Dierks Bentley revealed that he stopped drinking for two years. “A big part of it was just trying to see if I could,” the “Drunk on a Plane” singer shared with People magazine last November. “I’d been dabbling in taking breaks, but I liked the idea of being able to say you’ve done a year of sobriety. Not 30 days, not 90 days, a frigging year. That’s hard.”
R&B singer Ari Lennox closed out 2023 by celebrating one year of sobriety. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the “Pressure” singer said that alcohol helped her cope with a fear of flying. “I decided December 18th, 2022, would be the day I got clean. You know what I realized after [one] year of many sober flights? I never needed alcohol to get through the flight.” Lennox went on to share that her “toxic relationship with alcohol” left her “stagnant with closed eyes, hindering my growth and my healing.”
Katy Perry, who launched a line of non-alcoholic aperitifs called Des Soi in 2022, embarked on a three-month sobriety pact with fiancé Orlando Bloom last year. “We did this because he’s shooting a movie in London right now that’s taking every ounce of his focus, and so I wanted that opportunity to be supportive,” Perry said last June. “It’s really hard to do anything — whether that’s doing a cleanse or a reset — unless your partner’s doing it. So, doing it together makes it so much easier.”
Like Perry, Zayn Malik has also entered the world of non-alcoholic drinks. The pop star became co-owner of the mocktail brand Mixoloshe last year.
Regardless of whether you’re taking a break from alcohol or quitting altogether, it doesn’t hurt to get a little help sticking to your goal. Apps such as Try Dry, Sober January: Dry Day Tracker, Sober Time, and SoberBuddy can help you stay on track during your sober journey.
As for your drink routine, there’s plenty of non-alcoholic beer, wine and champagne to choose from, along with non-alcoholic whiskey, vodka and tequila — and if you’re in the mood for a non-alcoholic nightcap, the “sleepy girl mocktail” is viral on TikTok.
To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a list of six, bestselling non-alcoholic drinks — including zero proof beer and tasty mocktails — to help you get through Dry January and beyond.
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RITUAL ZERO PROOF Tequila Alternative |
“All the flavor — none of the alcohol.” Ritual Zero Proof makes non-alcoholic tequila, whiskey, gin and rum.
Craftmix Variety Pack, Skinny Cocktail Mixers, Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Drinks
You don’t need alcohol to mix it up! Craftmix cocktail mixers make 12 drinks and are available in a variety of flavors including strawberry mule, passion paloma, blood orange mai tai, and mango margarita.
Mingle Mocktails Cranberry Cosmo
Lyre’s Classico Grande – Non Alcoholic Spirits | Sparkling Wine Style
No champagne needed! Based on customer reviews, Lyre’s Classico Grande is a nice alternative to sparkling wine and traditional champagne. The drink blends the tartness of classic green apple with a “soft richness” of pear while peach and red apple round out the flavor profile.
Recess Zero Proof 12-Pack Sampler, Craft Mocktails
Recess Zero-Proof mocktails are available in refreshing flavors such as Lime Margarita, Grapefruit Paloma, Watermelon Mojito, and Ginger Lime Mule. Recess contains guayusa, a natural antioxidant and caffeine.
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