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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Having the Best Sober Summer Yet

Having the Best Sober Summer Yet

Summer is FINALLY HERE and we are so ready for it! However, we know that it can be a difficult time for some people in their sobriety. The sun is out, drinks are flowing, and reaching for an alcoholic tipple can seem tempting.

That’s why we’ve put together our top tips to help you have the best sober summer yet!

1. Discover your favourite AF drink

Would your go-to normally be an Aperol as soon as the sun appears? Feel like you’re going to miss out on cocktails in the sunshine? We got you! Make it your mission this summer to find the ultimate AF summer drink! Have fun with different recipes, play around with boozeless spirits, and mix things up a bit. 

2. Find fun things to do that don’t revolve around alcohol

Instead of hitting up the beer gardens or heading for boozey picnics in the park, why not find some new activities that don’t revolve around alcohol? Of course we wouldn’t leave you without any inspiration…get started by selecting something from this list:

  • Go for a hike
  • Try wild swimming
  • Go camping
  • Hold an AF cocktail party
  • Explore a new place

3. Set firm boundaries with yourself and others

If you’re newly sober, setting firm boundaries can be particularly helpful. Boundaries might look like telling your close friends that you’re not drinking so they can respect that, only staying out until 11pm or going home as soon as you no longer feel up for socialising. Establish what your boundaries are, and stick to them

4. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good

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!

5. Have FUN sober socialising

Don’t forget to have FUN this summer! At Sober & Social, we’re on a mission to prove that it is possible to have fun without alcohol. So aside from establishing firm boundaries, having a strong support system, and all the other tips and tricks we can give you…don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way!

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Sober Socialising After Lockdown

Sober Socialising After Lockdown

Let’s be honest – our social lives have been turned upside down over the past 12 months and the thought of life resuming can feel super daunting. Especially if we have gone sober over lockdown and are yet to flex our sober socialising muscles! The thought of going to a bar, a pub garden, nightclub, festival and summer BBQ’s really can feel quite overwhelming. 

To help you with this, we are sharing our top tips and tricks to help you navigate sober socialising with confidence, ease and excitement!

1. Reframe your perspective

Think of it as an adventure – a chance to explore a new part of you, a chance to make deeper connections and remember conversations, a chance to figure out exactly what YOU like and don’t like. Re-framing this as an exploration of self can really help to take worries and fears of sober socialising into a space of self-enquiry and adventure. 

2. Call ahead

Call the bar ahead of time and make sure they have some AF options. Not only does this take away the worry about somewhere not having something you can drink but it also means it takes away that battle in your head which tells you ‘just have one’. We know where one can lead so make sure you already know what you are going to drink before you get there.

3. Have a power hour

If a situation seems really triggering but you REALLY want to go, set yourself the goal of a power hour. Go for one hour but after this time if you aren’t having a good time or feel triggered give yourself permission to leave. 

4. Be the organiser

Offer to organise the day, night, or afternoon out. This way you could suggest a non-alcohol related activity or make sure wherever you are going has a fabulous AF drinks selection. By doing this, you are helping your friends by taking a task off their hands, whilst making sure it’s somewhere you feel comfortable.

5. Have an exit strategy

Know how you will get home, whether this is knowing where the nearest tube or bus stop is, bringing a local taxi number with you or pre-booking someone to pick you up. Having this in mind really helps take the pressure off thinking you have to stay all night or relying on anyone else. The last thing you want is to be waiting around for a drunken pal who has decided they want to stay out all night. An exit strategy allows you to sober socialise on your own terms.

6. Don’t be afraid to leave

You don’t owe anyone an apology, you don’t need to feel guilty and you certainly don’t need to go into details. If you’re not feeling it, you feel triggered, or everyone keeps repeating the same story…whatever it is, give yourself permission to leave and not feel bad about it.

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How to be more mindful in drinking for the rest of 2021

How to be more mindful in drinking for the rest of 2021

If there is anything that the past few months have taught us, it’s to be more mindful. More mindful of our health, more mindful to live in the present, and more mindful about what we are putting into our bodies. 


Mindful drinking can be summarised as being more aware of our drinking habits. It can be deciding to only drink alcohol at special occasions, limiting yourself to a couple drinks on a night out, or simply checking in with yourself mentally. With the year in full swing, why not consider how you could practise mindful drinking for the rest of 2021. 

See below our top tips for cultivating a healthier relationship with alcohol:

1. Ask yourself the right questions

Asking yourself the right questions before you drink is such an important habit to get into. It allows you to fully think about your decision before going into auto-pilot and having that extra glass of wine or bottle of beer. Questions to ask yourself could sound like: Do I feel good in myself? Do I have anything important I need to do in the morning? Is this decision going to empower my best self?

2. Be mindful in every area

Being a mindful drinker is about becoming mindful in all that we do. The more we look after ourselves in all areas of our life, the less we will want to engage in unhealthy drinking habits. This means eating the right foods, exercising, sticking to our commitments, making sure we have enough time for ourselves, being present for our friends and family, creating goals for ourselves and talking to ourselves in a loving way. If we have a more mindful approach to our life as a whole, it will be easier to translate this when it comes to our drinking too.

3. Find mindful friends

Finding friends, communities and support groups that allow you to connect with like-minded people is a big part in becoming a mindful drinker. It allows you to talk to others that understand the mindful journey you are on and gives new depth to your social life – one of the most exciting parts in becoming a mindful drinker!

4. Experiment with alternatives

To become a mindful drinker, finding an alcohol free or lower percentage drink you love is key. This will enable you to still have a drink that you enjoy but without having to feel like you are missing out and minus the big hangover in the morning. If you aren’t into AF cocktails, try experimenting with all the non-alcoholic beers on the market – some of them taste better than the real thing!

5. Be aware of your limits

Become aware of the amount of alcohol that works for you (or doesn’t work for you). For most of us there is a PONR (point of no return) and we suggest finding out what this is for you, then making it a non-negotiable limit for yourself.

6. Go low ABV

This is a great way to still enjoy your favourite tipple but with less alcohol and therefore less risk of overdoing it. More and more brands are tuning into low-alcohol options, as are bars and restaurants!

7. Notice how you feel

Do a little introspective work every time you go to pick up a drink. Ask yourself, ‘is my drinking coming from a positive or negative place?’ For example, you’re at your best friend’s wedding, feeling fabulous and want to have a glass of champagne to celebrate (positive place) as opposed to having had a stressful day at work and wanting to escape (negative place). This will help you to understand yourself a little better and your motivation for drinking.

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10 Surprising Benefits of Living an AF Life

10 Surprising Benefits of Living an AF Life

Going sober brings about a whole new range of experiences, obstacles and emotions; so many of which have had an amazingly positive impact on the lives of the AF community. If you didn’t know it before, you’ll know it now – sobriety just gets better and better! 

Here are our ten surprising benefits of living an AF life:

1. You have more confidence

There is a big misconception that alcohol gives you confidence yet never will you feel more confident than in your sobriety. Knowing you are putting your best foot forward at all times, being more present and showing up as the real you, brings about an inner confidence you’ve never encountered before going sober.

2. You become kinder

You think before you speak, you don’t argue or cause unnecessary drama, and you are able to walk away from situations that might normally escalate if you were drinking. 

3. You care more about your wellbeing

In sobriety it’s much clearer as to why it’s important to practice self-love and treat your body as the temple it is. You’re more likely to appreciate what your body does for you and make a conscious effort to give back to it by looking after yourself and treating yourself kindly.

4. You have an improved love life

Being single and sober results in better boundaries. You only want to date people that are in alignment with you and your lifestyle and are able to recognise red flags sooner. If you are in a relationship, your clarity of life can equate to feeling more connected to your partner and fewer arguments over trivial things.

5. You have fewer regrets

Everyone knows the feeling of awful hangxiety (as they say). Going sober means you will never have to wake up with the looming feeling of dread and embarrassment ever again. You are able to make well informed decisions and put situations from your social interactions into perspective, swerving those days on end of regret.

6. You say NO more

You are able to stand in your power and have the inner confidence to say no to the things you really don’t want to do. You are more aware of who and what drains your energy and can use this to bring peace into your life.

7. You find even more fabulous drinks

The AF drinks market is booming and not drinking is actually A LOT more exciting than you would think. You have amazing AF spirits such as Caleno Drinks, Lyre’s, Seedlip, Three Spirit, epic bubbles and wine like Jukes Cordialities, Wildlife Botanicals, Noughty AF, and delicious beers like Big Drop Brew Co and Lucky Saint.

8. You feel safer

If you can never guarantee where or with who you would end up with after a night out, going alcohol free will ensure your safety is of top priority. Sobriety means you are aware at all times and can make healthier and safer choices for yourself. 

9. You achieve more

Think of all the days you waste hungover, unmotivated and in a low mood. When you are sober you gain clarity, enabling you to come up with more creative ideas alongside the motivation and impetus to go out and achieve them.

10. You realise you can have it all

The BEST thing about an AF life is that you can quite literally have it ALL. You don’t need to worry about whether you will be able to make your plans the next day or if you will be too hungover to go out two nights in a row. You can go out to the early hours AND make the gym class, go for the brunch you booked AND make the family lunch, all the while showing up as your best shiny sober self!

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