The Benefits of a Hangover-Free Summer

The Benefits of a Hangover-Free Summer

Summer is on its way! And we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for days in the sunshine with friends featuring an AF drink in hand!

However, we also know sunnier days can be triggering for some, so we wanted to remind you of the fabulous benefits of an hangover-free summer season.

1. No hangovers

Need we say any more? Imagine a WHOLE SUMMER without a hangover in sight. No mornings spent with your head down the toilet, no cancelled plans because you can’t physically leave the house, and no dreaded the hangxiety the day after the night before. Pure bliss.

2. Being able to remember everything

What’s the point in planning an incredible summer if you’re going to get so drunk you won’t remember it anyway? Forget getting blackout drunk, plan a summer to remember – for all the right reasons!

3. Saving money on drinks

Prepare to save a whole load of money by having a booze-free summer. We can’t promise you won’t spend that money on tasty AF drinks instead though!

4. Nurturing your friendships

Being booze-free this summer means being able to make plans with the people you love and who you really want to spend time with, not just the people who are up for getting the most drunk. Plus, there won’t be a single drunken argument in sight!

5. Looking after your mental health

A whole summer without alcohol will have a hugely positive impact on your mental health. Your mental wellbeing will thank you, plus you’ll sleep better too. More rest = more fun. It’s a win win!

Tackling the Stigma Around Being Booze-Free

Tackling the Stigma Around Being Booze-Free

When it comes to living a booze-free life, the stigma is unfortunately VERY real.

​You may have been met with weird looks when you say you’re not drinking, been called boring, or just felt overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol advertising you see everywhere. 

​Living a booze-free life in a society that is built for getting boozy is tough. But there are things we can all do to help tackle the stigma…

1. Talk about it

Start open and honest discussions with people about alcohol and our relationship with it.

2. Challenge people

Challenge people when they judge others for not drinking. Don’t be afraid to speak up!

3. Get involved in the discussion

Get involved in conversations in the online world. Find Instagram accounts, Facebook groups, digital communities…and have your say.

4. Complain to the ASA

Make a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about any ads you think are harmful or perpetuate the stigma.

5. Be open minded

Have an open mind, respect other people’s views, and be curious.

Learning To Say No

Learning To Say No

There is no magic wand when it comes to living your best booze-free life. However, one of the most powerful tools you can learn to harness…is the art of saying NO.

Get comfortable saying no to things that you don’t want to do, to people that don’t make you feel good about yourself, to situations that you find triggering, to situations where you want to say because that’s what everyone else is doing

Learn to love saying NO. Here are five things to start saying no to on your booze-free journey…

1. Having a drink when you don't feel like it

If someone offers you a drink and you don’t want it, say no! It’s your choice as to whether or not you drink, nobody else’s.

2. People that don't make you feel good about yourself

Learn to set boundaries with the people who don’t lift you up and make you feel good. 

3. Invitations for events that you don't want to go to

Life is too short to go to parties and events that you don’t even want to go to! 

4. Situations that you find triggering

If a situation is triggering you, remove yourself from it as much as possible.

5. Staying out later than you really want to

Getting tired on a night out? Don’t force yourself to stay out to please others. Respect your tiredness, and say no to staying out for the sake of it.

Cultivating Self-Love by Living a Booze-Free Life

Cultivating Self-Love by Living a Booze-Free Life

It’s a cliche, but it’s so true: the best and longest relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.

Getting to know the real YOU, why you think the way you do, why you act the way you do, why you feel the way you do – that’s the true secret to living your most fulfilled life.

And you know what’s guaranteed to get in the way of knowing yourself on a deeper level? Yep, that’s right: ALCOHOL.

We don’t need to tell you the HUGE number of benefits of breaking up with booze, but this has to be one of the best. It can be terrifying, but it’s so worth it.

Learning to love yourself starts with KNOWING your true self and ditching the drink is the perfect starting point. Get used to spending time with yourself. Get used to embracing those uncomfortable moments where the voice in your head doesn’t say what you want it to. Build a real, fulfilling relationship where you can truly LOVE YOURSELF.

Here are our top five tips:

1. Make time for you

Embarking on a booze-free journey can feel exhilarating, overwhelming, exciting, daunting and liberating all at the same time. So whatever way you decide to do it, make time for YOU. Pay attention to what works, what doesn’t work, who supports you, who doesn’t support you, what you like, what you don’t like. And make time for the number one person in your life with this newfound knowledge – yourself.

2. Celebrate yourself along the way

It can be easy to get so focused on where you want to be that you forget how far you’ve come. Celebrate yourself and every little milestone of your booze free journey along the way. Reward yourself for things, no matter how small they might seem. Every moment counts and can help you cultivate a strong sense of self love.

3. Give yourself permission to rest

Going booze-free can be exhausting, particularly if you’re going all-in with the socialising side of things too. Give yourself permission to rest. Enjoy a slower pace of life, take more time to reflect on yourself and your journey, and focus on your mental wellbeing.

4. Know that it's okay to say no

Saying no doesn’t make you weak or a bad person. It can actually be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself! Say no to situations that don’t make you feel good, people that don’t support you, and anything that gets in the way of your AF self-love journey.

5. Remember that it's not always going to be sunshine and rainbows

Going booze-free can be a beautiful journey, with so many positives and moments that make you smile. But it can also be full of dark times and moments where you think WTF am I doing?! Remember that it’s not always going to be sunshines and rainbows. But that’s okay. Have love for yourself throughout, particularly in the moments where you need it most.

Maintaining Booze-Free Joy Long After Dry January

Maintaining Booze-Free Joy Long After Dry January

How has your Dry January been? Are you experiencing all the incredible benefits that sobriety has to offer yet? 

If you’re thinking of keeping it up long after the 31st, we are absolutely here for that! Check out our eight reasons to stay dry after January!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Alcohol Change UK for more important information and support when it comes to reducing harm caused by alcohol.

1. Ongoing mood boost

You may be aware that alcohol is a depressant. So by continuing to keep it out of your life, you’re reducing the negative effects it has on your mood and mental health. Think of being booze-free as a brilliant mood boost!

2. Ongoing sense of achievement

By continuing to stay off the booze, you’re continuing to set yourself goals – and achieve them. Staying sober long after Dry January will undoubtedly give you an incredible ongoing sense of achievement. Get ready to tick off those sober milestones!

3. Continue enhancing your physical wellbeing

Not only does alcohol negatively impact mental wellbeing, but it has significant effects on physical wellbeing too. Think cardiovascular disease, increased risk of stroke, gastritis, liver cancer…and more. By continuing to stay alcohol free, you’re giving your body the best possible chance at being healthy.

4. You’ll continue sleeping better

Being booze-free means a much better quality of sleep. No disturbed sleep patterns or waking up in the middle of the night gasping for water due to dehydration. Expect long, deep, rejuvenating sleeps.

5. Save money

Unless, like us, you decide to spend all the money you’ve saved from ditching the drink on the latest and greatest AF’re going to save money in the long run. Why not put all the money you would’ve spent on drinking into a pot to treat yourself with each month?

6. More time

Living a booze-free life means having way more time on your hands. Forget endless mornings with your head down the toilet, moments erased from your memory due to blacking out, or never wanting the night to end even though it’s ridiculous-o-clock in the morning. Free up time to do the things that matter to you.

7. A whole new perspective on life

Throughout Dry January you may have noticed a few mindset shifts within you. Perhaps you’ve realised alcohol isn’t all that great after all. Maybe you know now it’s more than possible to have fun without getting smashed. These AF revelations will be a common occurrence for you by choosing to break up with booze. Expect to gain a whole new perspective on life.

8. No hangovers!

Never. Again. Need we say any more?

Preparing for the Festive Season Sober

Preparing for the Festive Season Sober

Preparing for the festive season sober 

With December on its way, the festive celebrations will be kicking off before we know it. This time of year can bring joy, happiness and festive cheer, but it can also be a very triggering time – especially for those in the early stages of sobriety.

Keep reading to uncover our top tips for smashing the festive season without getting smashed. 

1. Remember your Why

Why have you decided to go sober? Why did you stop drinking? What are your reasons for sobriety? Make sure you keep all of these reasons at the forefront of your mind as you enter the festivities. Stay true to your why. 

2. Look into tasty AF festive alternatives

Worried about missing out on festive tipples? There’s no need! There are SO many incredible AF alternatives out there, that you can feel confident about celebrating the festivities with tasty tipples…minus the hangover! Make it your mission to discover the best alcohol-free alternatives.

3. Plan things that don’t revolve around drinking

Festive film nights. AF cocktail evenings. Boozeless brunches. Wintery walks. Festive quizzes with family and friends. Fill up your calendar with plans that don’t revolve around drinking. 

4. Establish clear boundaries with yourself and others

New to sobriety? Think about how you can establish firm boundaries with those around you. This might look like telling friends about your newfound sobriety and requesting they don’t offer you a drink. It also might look like listening to your body and leaving social situations when you’re getting tired. Work out your boundaries, then work on implementing them.

5. Don’t overload yourself with plans

Make sure you don’t go OTT on the festive plans. It can be an exhausting period of time, even without sobriety in the mix. Make sure you’re making time for yourself too, so that you can get the most out of this wonderful festive season.

Reasons to Stay Sober after October

Reasons to Stay Sober after October

Reasons to stay sober after October

Sober October is coming to an end. You’ve enjoyed it. You’ve smashed it. But now you’re at a crossroads. Do you end your sober journey right there and then and revert back to your old ways? Or do you go all in and commit to the sober life for good?

We know going sober can be daunting. Making the transition can seem like you’re switching your whole life around. So if you’ve smashed sober October and are now wondering whether full sobriety is for you, check out our list of reasons to stay sober after October.

1. You’ll save money

Did you notice how much kinder you were to your wallet throughout October? Imagine that…every month! Sobriety means no more checking your bank account the morning after a night out being scared to see how much you spent. It means no more money spent on drunken kebabs or hangover takeaways which you probably won’t be able to stomach anymore. It means spending money on the things you want to spend it on, and probably being able to save some too.

2. You’ll encourage positive mental health

The effect drinking has on mental health is profound. So cutting it out of your life together can mean feeling happier, more positive and having a much more optimistic outlook on life. Say goodbye to hangxiety and hello to a happier, healthier version of you.

3. You’ll improve your physical health

Drinking alcohol can negatively impact vital organs, increase blood pressure and cholesterol and have overall damaging effects on physical health. By making the decision to go sober, you’re also making the decision to be much kinder to your body.

4. You’ll feel accomplished

How did you feel after completing sober October? We’re guessing you felt incredible! Picture that feeling every single day. Sobriety is a journey, and one that can be truly rewarding. You’ll have plenty of milestones to celebrate along the way, as well as the overarching feeling of being proud of yourself for being sober in the first place!

5. You’ll improve your sleep

Sobriety means much deeper sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, renewed and revitalised, rather than groggy…and potentially hungover. This can have a powerful impact on your life overall as you’ll be able to go about each day with higher energy levels and focus.

Sobriety in Autumn

Sobriety in Autumn

Enjoying the autumn season…sober

As days get shorter and nights get darker, the autumn season can bring with it feelings of sadness as we come to terms with the fact summer is over. Unless you’re a lover of these darker months, autumn can be a difficult time for anyone. But if you’re new to sobriety, it can be even harder. 

Don’t fear, there are plenty of little things you can do to help make this autumn season more enjoyable in your sobriety.

1. Make the most of nature in autumn

With beautiful autumnal colours and serene scenery, use this season to embrace all that nature has to offer. Go for regular walks outside to give yourself the opportunity to admire autumn in its fullest. While the sun might not be shining as much as it did in summer, there is so much beauty to be seen this season – make the most of it!

2. Give yourself a chance to slow down

Summer is often the season of plans, socialising and DOING – so why not make autumn your time to simply BE? Enjoy a slower pace of life, take more time to reflect on yourself and your sobriety, and focus on your mental wellbeing. Without the chaos of the outside world, we are provided with the perfect opportunity to go inwards.

3. Prioritise self care

If you struggle with the shorter days, make self care a priority. Do something every day to nourish your mind, body and soul – and stick to this commitment. It doesn’t need to look like face masks and bubble baths every night, but simple things like staying hydrated, meditating or spending time with loved ones. Do what feels good for you, and what is going to best support you in your sobriety.

4. Take advantage of that extra morning hour when the clocks turn back

When the clocks go back in autumn, many of us complain about losing an hour of daylight in the evening. But if we flip this on its head, we’re gaining an hour in the morning that we can make the most of before our body adjusts to the time change! Use this hour to your advantage and enjoy the morning to its fullest.

4. Make meaningful plans with people who lift you up

Instead of filling every weekend with BBQs, festivals and parties – focus on meaningful plans with people who truly lift you up. Catch up with that friend you haven’t seen for a while, treasure time with family, and do things purely because you want to – not just for the sake of it.

Celebrating Without Alcohol

Celebrating Without Alcohol

Celebrating without cracking open the champagne!

Let’s get one thing straight – SOBER PEOPLE CAN CELEBRATE TOO! Whilst traditional methods of celebration involve getting boozey, there are plenty of ways to celebrate without cracking open the champagne. Spoiler alert: NONE of them involve getting a hangover 

1. Find your favourite AF fizz instead

Can’t imagine a celebration without the bubbles? No problem! Find your favourite AF fizz and crack it open instead. No one needs to know! Some of our favourites include Nozeco or Freixenet 0.0%. 

2. Pamper yourself with a spa day or some self-care

Is there anything better than allowing yourself to relax, unwind and rejuvenate? Treat yourself to a spa day as a way of celebrating. And isn’t sobriety reason enough to celebrate in itself? Or choose your favourite self-care methods and pamper yourself at home – think movie nights and bubble baths. It doesn’t get much better than that.

3. Indulge in some tasty treats

Celebrations often revolve around drink, so let’s get food involved too. Indulge in your favourite tasty treats to celebrate whatever it is you wish to celebrate. Whether that’s cooking a delicious nourishing meal or stocking up on your favourite snacks – take your pick, and fully indulge!

4. Spend time with your favourite people

Get other people involved in your celebration! Gather the people you LOVE spending time with, who lift you up, and who you’d like to celebrate with…and do so together. Turn it into a party or simply an opportunity to chat and reflect. 

4. Embark on an adventure in a brand new place

Get up, get moving and embark on an exciting adventure! Where is somewhere you’ve always wanted to go? Where would you like to explore more? Celebrate yourself and your achievements by making it happen!

Reasons to Stay Dry this July

Reasons to Stay Dry this July

We have no doubt you’ve heard of Dry January, but have you heard of Dry July? It’s incredible to see that more and more people are tuning into an alcohol-free life! We’re sharing four reasons why staying dry this July could be the best decision you ever make:

1. Your mood will improve

Alcohol is a depressant and alters the chemicals in our brain. At first we can feel more relaxed and confident as our body produces extra dopamine when we drink, this makes us feel good and gives us an initial buzz. However, afterwards our body will be depleted of this which can then lower our mood. If we take alcohol whilst in our already low mood state, our brain finds it harder to transmit the happy chemicals we need to feel good again. By ditching the drink, you’re no longer consuming a depressant – meaning your mood will improve significantly!

2. You’ll have the support of everyone else taking part in the campaign

Stopping drinking during a time like Dry July, means you’ll be going booze-free alongside the thousands of others taking part in the campaign. Why not buddy up with someone and support each other along the way? 

3. You’ll save money, and time!

Think of all the money you’ll save by not drinking for a whole month! Not only this, but the time you’ll save too by not being hungover. Put the money aside and use it to treat yourself to something nice as a reward!

4. It could be the start of something incredible

There’s nothing worse than sober socialising with people who bring you down. Oh wait, yes there is – drunk people who bring you down! So, surround yourself with people who genuinely make you feel good, lift you up, and support your sobriety. This doesn’t mean that everyone you socialise with needs to be sober, but ensure whoever you’re socialising with fully supports and respects the fact that you are sober!