I’m proud to be a febfast ambasador and sponsor because it allows me to do what I love — introduce people to non-alcoholic drinks that they enjoy, while supporting a great cause. If you’re new to febfast or feeling apprehensive about signing up, then you’ve come to the right place — this guide to febfast includes all the essential information you need along with some tried and tested tips.
What is febfast?
In a nutshell, febfast is a 28-day challenge that raises money for the Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS), an organisation that supports more than 8,000 vulnerable young people a year with challenges such as finding safe housing and getting back into education or finding work.
Febfast participants start by making a personal pledge to improve their health and wellbeing by giving up a vice such as alcohol, or sugar for 28 days. Or alternatively, you can join the challenge by committing to febfit — 25 minutes of exercise every day for 28 days. You then raise money by creating a page on the febfast website and ask friends and family to sponsor you.
Since febfast started in 2005, more than 60,000 Aussies have taken part with more people getting involved every year. Giving up alcohol for 28 days is by far the most popular option with many participants using it as a chance to reset their drinking habits after the festive season.
6 tips to make the most of febfast
If you’re wondering how to make it through febfast with a smile on your face, these febfast survival tips are a great place to start.
1. Notice the health benefits of going alcohol-free
Going alcohol-free presents an array of health benefits — some of which you will start to notice within a week of kicking the booze. For example, by Feb 7th, you will probably notice improved sleep which means better decision-making, improved mood, more creativity and better eating patterns. You will also be more hydrated, which leads to more energy.
During the second week of febfast, you might see an improvement in your skin and you’re likely to feel more relaxed. And by the third week of febfast, behind-the-scenes health benefits such as better liver function and lower blood pressure will kick in, which means that by week four you’ll be looking great and feeling fantastic.
2. Track your progress with the febfast dashboard
28 days can seem like an eternity, so it’s a good idea to have a visual reminder of your progress. The febfast dashboard allows you to mark off each day, with chances to win prizes such as an Apple Watch, a Melbourne staycation, or a $250 shopping spree at Westfield. You can also download a printable calendar to stick on your fridge.
3. Don't shy away from sober socialising
If you’re used to catching up with friends over a few glasses of wine, you might find the idea of sober socialising a bit daunting. But there is no need to be nervous. There are lots of ways to socialise without alcohol — for example, meeting a friend for a walk and talk, a yoga class or a movie.
I’ve found that non-alcoholic drinks take the pressure off sober socialising. Having a non-alcoholic beer in your hand at a BBQ or a non-alcoholic wine in your hand at a party will help you feel included and stop FOMO in its tracks.
4. Buddy up with friends or colleagues
Challenges like febfast are more fun when you have a buddy or team to participate with. You can act as cheerleaders for each other and hold each other accountable when the going gets tough. I would suggest making a WhatsApp app group for daily check-ins, you can also share tips such as the non-alcoholic drinks you’ve discovered.
5. Explore non-alcoholic drinks
February is a great time to discover alcohol-free drinks. The range of options available has exploded in the last couple of years with more brands of non-alcoholic wine, beer, spirits and cocktails available now than ever before. There are non-alcoholic alternatives for pretty much any drink you can think of, making it really easy to swap your regular drop for an alcohol-free one.
6. Feel good about doing good
Don’t forget, by taking part in febfast you are making a difference. As many as 3 in 10 young Aussies report that alcohol and drugs are a problem for their family and peers. By raising funds for YSAS you can help disadvantaged young people across Australia access the support and resources they need to get their lives back on track.
Meet the official febfast packs
If you’re new to alcohol-free drinks then the range of non-alcoholic wine, non-alcoholic beer and non-alcoholic cocktails available might be a little overwhelming. To make things easy for you, I’ve put together two febfast packs to get you through the month. And, when you purchase a febfast pack from me, I’ll donate 10 per cent to YSAS.
Feb Fast Alcohol-Free Pack
With enough premium alcohol-free drinks to last the month, this pack is full of tried and tested products that will get you through febfast in style.
What's in it
- Next Destination Wines Barossa Valley Shiraz
- 1920 Wines Rosé
- Thomson & Scott Noughty
- Ms Sans Blush (Pink Gin)
- Sans Bar Notting Hill Stroll RTD can
- Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice RTD can
- Ms Sans Mojito RTD can
- Ms Sans Passionfruit Caprioska RTD can
- Ms Sans Premixed Cosmopolitan
This curated bundle includes some of the best non-alcoholic wine available as well as trending RTDs from Ms Sans and Sans Bar.
Feb Fast Ready To Drink Pack
Designed for sober socialising, this pack of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic cocktails means you can put your best foot forward, whether you’re stepping out to a BBQ, party or work drinks.
What's in it
- Sans Bar Notting Hill Stroll RTD can x 3
- Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice RTD can x 3
- Ms Sans Mojito RTD can x 3
- Ms Sans Passionfruit Caprioska RTD can x 3
These ready-to-drink non-alcoholic cocktails are best served chilled. You can enjoy them straight from the can but I enjoy them best served in a fancy glass with ice and some garnish!
Have a fab febfast
I’m a big fan of a good win-win and febfast is just that. You get to raise money for a great cause and give your body a break from alcohol. I hope that if you were on the fence about joining febfast, my guide has inspired you to sign up!
If you want to find out more about the trending alcohol-free drink, please sign up for my newsletter. You can also follow me on Instagram where I post reviews and live taste test videos. Don’t forget, finding non-alcoholic drinks that you love will help make febfast fun. In fact, you might find that you enjoy them so much, it stops feeling like a challenge!