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Your ultimate guide to febfast

I'm thrilled to be a Febfast ambassador again this year. Febfast is a fantastic way to take a pause from alcohol and re-set your drinking habits while raising money for d youth. But, while Febfast is about abstinence, it doesn't have to be dull. In fact, if you do it right, Febfast could be life changing.

New research, commissioned by febfast, has shown that almost half of us want to reduce our alcohol frequency and volume in 2022. This follows Australia's various Covid-19 lockdowns, during which one in three survey respondents said they drank more than usual. 

These findings don't surprise me, research commissioned by Sans Drinks had similar findings, with 26 per cent admitting to drinking too much over Christmas and one in ten expressing a wish to drink more mindfully. 

The upshot of all this is that February is the perfect time to take a pause from alcohol and joining the febfast challenge will keep you motivated when it gets hard. 

What is febfast?

When you sign up to febfast, you commit to 28 days without alcohol (you can also sign up to go without sugar or another vice). You create a page on the official febfast website and then ask your friends, family and social networks to sponsor you. 

Some people use febfast to have a break from alcohol after the festive/holiday season. For others, it is a chance to 'reset' their drinking habits. Whatever your motivation, 

If you are feeling nervous about taking the plunge, then this guide will help get you through the 28 days with a spring in your step.  

1. Notice the benefits of going alcohol-free 

I've lost track of the studies that link alcohol with negative health outcomes. But the flip side of this is that going alcohol-free presents an array of health benefits - some of which you will start to notice within a week of kicking the booze. 

By Feb 7th, you will probably notice improved sleep with the Priory Group estimating an additional five to six REM cycles a night. This shouldn't be taken lightly, better sleep means better decision making, improved mood, more creativity and even better eating patterns. You will also be more hydrated, which leads to more energy.  

There are lots of benefits to going alcohol-free

During the second week of Febfast, you might see an improvement in your skin (extra sleep and improved hydration will help too) and you might find yourself feeling more relaxed. 

By the third week of Febfast, there will also be some behind the scenes benefits such as better liver function and lower blood pressure. 

2. Don't shy away from sober socialising 

If you are used to socialising with a drink in your hand then 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. 

Don't be afraid of sober socialising

Non-alcoholic drinks can also take the pressure off sober socialising. Having a non-alcoholic beer in your hand at a BBQ or a mocktail in your hand at a party will stop you from feeling like you are missing out on something.

3. Feel good about doing good

It's not all about you. febfast is more than an alcohol abstinence challenge - it's also a crucial way to raise funds that support disadvantaged youth. The statistics are sobering. Did you know that 1 in 4 young Australians is at risk of developing serious mental illness in their lifetime? 

Funds raised by febfast provide a number of services for young people that enable them to take control of their health and wellbeing. 

I'm proud to be part of this important fundraising - and you should be too. 

4. Find a febfast buddy

Embarking on any sort of challenge is hard, that's why it's called a challenge. A great way to stay accountable is to find a buddy to do febfast with. Check in with your buddy every day and support each other if things get tough. 

5. Explore non-alcoholic drinks 

Febfast is a great time to try non-alcoholic drinks

febfast is a great time to discover non-alcoholic drinks. The range of options available has exploded in the last 12 months with more brands of alcohol-free wine, beer, spirits and cocktails available now than ever before. 

If you've been sceptical about non-alcoholic drinks then now is the perfect time to give them a go. 

If you haven't already done so - sign up to febfast right here

Introducing the official febfast Packs

We have 2 official and exclusive packs this year and for each pack we will donate $2 from every sale to febfast.

The first pack is a collaboration with Naked Life and includes 24 ready to drink cans of the sugar free, ultra low calorie, but very delicious Naked Life alcohol-free cocktails including their G&T, Margarita, Negroni, Wimbledon Spritz (Pimms style drink), Yuzu Sake and Italian Spritz. 

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Exclusive to Sans Drinks, this discounted bundle contains some non-alcoholic staples to get your febfast off to a good start. $2 from every pack will go straight to febfast. The pack contains: 

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Sans Bar Notting Hill Stroll

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The Product: Sans Bar is an exciting new collection of non-alcoholic spirit alternatives. Notting Hill Stroll is an alcohol-free gin inspired by London. It has a complex flavour profile and with aromatic juniper and citrus notes. 

How to serve: Notting Hill Stroll is best served over ice with tonic or soda water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, lemon wheel or slice of orange. 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

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The product: The second spirit alternative to be released from Sans Bar, Spritzing in Venice was designed to create the perfect alcohol-free Aperitif Spritz. Featuring flavours of orange, rhubarb and a special blend of herbs this non-alcoholic aperitif is complex and aromatic. 

How to serve: Spritzing in Venice is best served with your favourite non-alcoholic wine and a dash of soda. Garnish with a slice of orange. 

Barton & Guestier Alcohol-Free French Sparkling

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The product: Made by one of France's oldest wine houses, this non-alcoholic sparkling wine is sophisticated, refreshing and makes a convincing alternative to Champagne or Prosecco. 

How to serve: Enjoy Barton & Guestier Alcohol-Free French Sparkling on its own, served in a Champagne flute or coupe glass or combine with Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice for the perfect Aperitif Spritz. 

What customers are saying:  'This is the best Zero Alcohol Champagne I've tried so far. Feels French and very enjoyable." 

 

1920 Wines make our bestselling non-alcoholic Pinot Grigio

1920 Wines Alcohol Removed Pinot Grigio

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The Product: This non-alcoholic Pinot Grigio became an instant bestseller when it launched at the end of last year. Made in Australia by 1920 Wines, this wine has a dry flavour profile and features notes of Nashi Pear, apple and lemon. 

How to serve: Best served chilled in a white wine glass

What customers are saying: "Absolutely delicious. Crisp and not too sweet at all which is a must for my palate. I'm ordering more as I type!" 

Thomson & Scott Noughty Rose

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The product: Thomson & Scott Noughty is a world-renowned non-alcoholic sparkling wine that BBC Good Food says raises the bar for the category. This sparkling Rosé features aromas of freshly picked summer berries and a Champagne-like mouthfeel.  

How to serve: Best served chilled in a Champagne flute or coupe glass

What customers are saying: "This really is the closest thing I've tasted to the real thing. It's beautifully dry, not sweet, just perfection." 

Ms Sans Cosmopolitan Premixed & Alcohol-Free

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The product: Ms Sans is an exciting collection of perfectly pre-mixed mocktails. This Ms Sans Cosmopolitan features tart cranberry, zesty lime and a hint of juicy orange along with premium non-alcoholic vodka. Naturally sweetened with fruit extract, Ms Sans is low in calories, gluten-free and vegan friendly. 

How to serve: Add 125mls of Ms Sans Cosmopolitain to a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice. Shake well and then strain into your favourite cocktail glass. 

What customers are saying: "My husband and I enjoyed a glass of this cocktail on a hot summer day and it was perfection! It's simply delicious, sweet but not too sweet, with just enough tartness to make it extra fresh." 

New research, commissioned by febfast, has shown that almost half of us want to reduce our alcohol frequency and volume in 2022. This follows Australia's various Covid-19 lockdowns, during which one in three survey respondents said they drank more than usual. 

These findings don't surprise me, research commissioned by Sans Drinks had similar findings, with 26 per cent admitting to drinking too much over Christmas and one in ten expressing a wish to drink more mindfully. 

The upshot of all this is that February is the perfect time to take a pause from alcohol and joining the febfast challenge will keep you motivated when it gets hard. 

What is febfast?

When you sign up to febfast, you commit to 28 days without alcohol (you can also sign up to go without sugar or another vice). You create a page on the official febfast website and then ask your friends, family and social networks to sponsor you. 

Some people use febfast to have a break from alcohol after the festive/holiday season. For others, it is a chance to 'reset' their drinking habits. Whatever your motivation, 

If you are feeling nervous about taking the plunge, then this guide will help get you through the 28 days with a spring in your step.  

1. Notice the benefits of going alcohol-free 

I've lost track of the studies that link alcohol with negative health outcomes. But the flip side of this is that going alcohol-free presents an array of health benefits - some of which you will start to notice within a week of kicking the booze. 

By Feb 7th, you will probably notice improved sleep with the Priory Group estimating an additional five to six REM cycles a night. This shouldn't be taken lightly, better sleep means better decision making, improved mood, more creativity and even better eating patterns. You will also be more hydrated, which leads to more energy.  

There are lots of benefits to going alcohol-free

During the second week of Febfast, you might see an improvement in your skin (extra sleep and improved hydration will help too) and you might find yourself feeling more relaxed. 

By the third week of Febfast, there will also be some behind the scenes benefits such as better liver function and lower blood pressure. 

2. Don't shy away from sober socialising 

If you are used to socialising with a drink in your hand then 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. 

Don't be afraid of sober socialising

Non-alcoholic drinks can also take the pressure off sober socialising. Having a non-alcoholic beer in your hand at a BBQ or a mocktail in your hand at a party will stop you from feeling like you are missing out on something.

3. Feel good about doing good

It's not all about you. febfast is more than an alcohol abstinence challenge - it's also a crucial way to raise funds that support disadvantaged youth. The statistics are sobering. Did you know that 1 in 4 young Australians is at risk of developing serious mental illness in their lifetime? 

Funds raised by febfast provide a number of services for young people that enable them to take control of their health and wellbeing. 

I'm proud to be part of this important fundraising - and you should be too. 

4. Find a febfast buddy

Embarking on any sort of challenge is hard, that's why it's called a challenge. A great way to stay accountable is to find a buddy to do febfast with. Check in with your buddy every day and support each other if things get tough. 

5. Explore non-alcoholic drinks 

Febfast is a great time to try non-alcoholic drinks

febfast is a great time to discover non-alcoholic drinks. The range of options available has exploded in the last 12 months with more brands of alcohol-free wine, beer, spirits and cocktails available now than ever before. 

If you've been sceptical about non-alcoholic drinks then now is the perfect time to give them a go. 

If you haven't already done so - sign up to febfast right here

Introducing the official febfast Packs

We have 2 official and exclusive packs this year and for each pack we will donate $2 from every sale to febfast.

The first pack is a collaboration with Naked Life and includes 24 ready to drink cans of the sugar free, ultra low calorie, but very delicious Naked Life alcohol-free cocktails including their G&T, Margarita, Negroni, Wimbledon Spritz (Pimms style drink), Yuzu Sake and Italian Spritz. 

 

Exclusive to Sans Drinks, this discounted bundle contains some non-alcoholic staples to get your febfast off to a good start. $2 from every pack will go straight to febfast. The pack contains: 

 

Sans Bar Notting Hill Stroll

 

The Product: Sans Bar is an exciting new collection of non-alcoholic spirit alternatives. Notting Hill Stroll is an alcohol-free gin inspired by London. It has a complex flavour profile and with aromatic juniper and citrus notes. 

How to serve: Notting Hill Stroll is best served over ice with tonic or soda water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, lemon wheel or slice of orange. 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

 

The product: The second spirit alternative to be released from Sans Bar, Spritzing in Venice was designed to create the perfect alcohol-free Aperitif Spritz. Featuring flavours of orange, rhubarb and a special blend of herbs this non-alcoholic aperitif is complex and aromatic. 

How to serve: Spritzing in Venice is best served with your favourite non-alcoholic wine and a dash of soda. Garnish with a slice of orange. 

Barton & Guestier Alcohol-Free French Sparkling

 

The product: Made by one of France's oldest wine houses, this non-alcoholic sparkling wine is sophisticated, refreshing and makes a convincing alternative to Champagne or Prosecco. 

How to serve: Enjoy Barton & Guestier Alcohol-Free French Sparkling on its own, served in a Champagne flute or coupe glass or combine with Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice for the perfect Aperitif Spritz. 

What customers are saying:  'This is the best Zero Alcohol Champagne I've tried so far. Feels French and very enjoyable." 

 

1920 Wines make our bestselling non-alcoholic Pinot Grigio

1920 Wines Alcohol Removed Pinot Grigio

The Product: This non-alcoholic Pinot Grigio became an instant bestseller when it launched at the end of last year. Made in Australia by 1920 Wines, this wine has a dry flavour profile and features notes of Nashi Pear, apple and lemon. 

How to serve: Best served chilled in a white wine glass

What customers are saying: "Absolutely delicious. Crisp and not too sweet at all which is a must for my palate. I'm ordering more as I type!" 

Thomson & Scott Noughty Rose

 

The product: Thomson & Scott Noughty is a world-renowned non-alcoholic sparkling wine that BBC Good Food says raises the bar for the category. This sparkling Rosé features aromas of freshly picked summer berries and a Champagne-like mouthfeel.  

How to serve: Best served chilled in a Champagne flute or coupe glass

What customers are saying: "This really is the closest thing I've tasted to the real thing. It's beautifully dry, not sweet, just perfection." 

Ms Sans Cosmopolitan Premixed & Alcohol-Free

 

The product: Ms Sans is an exciting collection of perfectly pre-mixed mocktails. This Ms Sans Cosmopolitan features tart cranberry, zesty lime and a hint of juicy orange along with premium non-alcoholic vodka. Naturally sweetened with fruit extract, Ms Sans is low in calories, gluten-free and vegan friendly. 

How to serve: Add 125mls of Ms Sans Cosmopolitain to a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice. Shake well and then strain into your favourite cocktail glass. 

What customers are saying: "My husband and I enjoyed a glass of this cocktail on a hot summer day and it was perfection! It's simply delicious, sweet but not too sweet, with just enough tartness to make it extra fresh." 

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