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Your guide to a month without Alcohol 

Embarking on a month without alcohol may seem daunting, but there are lots of steps you can take to make the challenge easier. In fact, if you follow my guide, you might find yourself enjoying some time off booze.

Things have changed a lot in the last decade and particularly in the last few years. First of all, attitudes towards drinking have evolved. 10 years ago, if you took part in an alcohol abstinence challenge you would probably have been met with a fair amount of resistance from your friends. These days, with more of us drinking more mindfully, you're more likely to inspire your mates to sign up with you. 

The other thing that has changed is the availability of good quality non-alcoholic drinks. Put simply, non-alcoholic drinks are a game-changer when it comes to a month without booze. 

Enjoy non-alcoholic drinks 

In the last few years the non-alcoholic drinks market has exploded. Whether you like beer, wine or spirits, there is a non-alcoholic equivalent waiting for you here at Sans Drinks. Customers tell me that once they discovered a non-alcoholic wine or beer that they like, it was easy to cut back on alcohol - not just for a month, but long term. 

Non-alcoholic drinks are a great solution to the age-old dry-month problem, ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’. They’re an adult drink that enables you to join in when socialising and an easy substitute for the times you fancy a drink. 

If you’re new to alcohol-free drinks then I recommend checking out the various guides in my blog section. I’ve also put together this Sans July bundle that includes some of my all-time best-sellers, like Thomson & Scott Noughty, the sparkling wine that BBC Good Food says is the closest to the real thing. 

Sans July 30 day Alc-Free Pack

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If you are socialising during your dry month I recommend checking out the venue you’re going to to see if they offer good non-alcoholic drinks. If they don’t, it’s worth emailing them to ask if you can bring a bottle of non-alcoholic wine. I did this recently when going to dinner for a friend's birthday - the restaurant was happy for me to bring a bottle of Next Destination Barossa Shiraz with me. It meant that I could join in with my friends and not be stuck drinking water all night. 

Enjoy the benefits of mindful drinking 

Even in moderate amounts, alcohol can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Conversely, taking a break from alcohol can yield an array of health benefits. Leaning into these benefits will give you the extra motivation you need to go the distance. 


When I decided to take a break from alcohol the first thing I noticed was the improvement in my sleep. This is because alcohol disrupts our circadian rhythms. Research from the US found that alcohol suppresses the production of melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles) - just one unit of alcohol can reduce melatonin production by 20 per cent. Alcohol also disrupts the REM sleep which is vital for mental restoration. 

Related: 7 surprising benefits of cutting back on booze

There are lots of other benefits too. You might also notice an improvement in your skin (alcohol is a diuretic so the more you drink the more dehydrated you become), your mood (all that extra sleep!) and energy. 

Enjoy sober socialising 

If you tend to socialise over a few drinks then you might be nervous about sober socialising. It can be tempting to hunker down and stay home during your dry month, but sober socialising isn’t as hard as you might think. 

A good approach is to shake up the way you socialise. Instead of catching up with friends over a bottle of wine, catch up over breakfast or organise an activity such as pottery or Pilates. When you socialise without alcohol, you remove the temptation to drink - making it much easier to stick to the challenge. 

Another strategy is to socialise with alcohol-free drinks. A dry month is a great time to embark on a journey of discovery and find some alcohol-free drinks that you enjoy. You might surprise yourself and make alcohol-free your go-to drink. 

Things have changed a lot in the last decade and particularly in the last few years. First of all, attitudes towards drinking have evolved. 10 years ago, if you took part in an alcohol abstinence challenge you would probably have been met with a fair amount of resistance from your friends. These days, with more of us drinking more mindfully, you're more likely to inspire your mates to sign up with you. 

The other thing that has changed is the availability of good quality non-alcoholic drinks. Put simply, non-alcoholic drinks are a game-changer when it comes to a month without booze. 

Enjoy non-alcoholic drinks 

In the last few years the non-alcoholic drinks market has exploded. Whether you like beer, wine or spirits, there is a non-alcoholic equivalent waiting for you here at Sans Drinks. Customers tell me that once they discovered a non-alcoholic wine or beer that they like, it was easy to cut back on alcohol - not just for a month, but long term. 

Non-alcoholic drinks are a great solution to the age-old dry-month problem, ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’. They’re an adult drink that enables you to join in when socialising and an easy substitute for the times you fancy a drink. 

If you’re new to alcohol-free drinks then I recommend checking out the various guides in my blog section. I’ve also put together this Sans July bundle that includes some of my all-time best-sellers, like Thomson & Scott Noughty, the sparkling wine that BBC Good Food says is the closest to the real thing. 

Sans July 30 day Alc-Free Pack

 

If you are socialising during your dry month I recommend checking out the venue you’re going to to see if they offer good non-alcoholic drinks. If they don’t, it’s worth emailing them to ask if you can bring a bottle of non-alcoholic wine. I did this recently when going to dinner for a friend's birthday - the restaurant was happy for me to bring a bottle of Next Destination Barossa Shiraz with me. It meant that I could join in with my friends and not be stuck drinking water all night. 

Enjoy the benefits of mindful drinking 

Even in moderate amounts, alcohol can have a profound effect on our physical and mental health. Conversely, taking a break from alcohol can yield an array of health benefits. Leaning into these benefits will give you the extra motivation you need to go the distance. 


When I decided to take a break from alcohol the first thing I noticed was the improvement in my sleep. This is because alcohol disrupts our circadian rhythms. Research from the US found that alcohol suppresses the production of melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles) - just one unit of alcohol can reduce melatonin production by 20 per cent. Alcohol also disrupts the REM sleep which is vital for mental restoration. 

Related: 7 surprising benefits of cutting back on booze

There are lots of other benefits too. You might also notice an improvement in your skin (alcohol is a diuretic so the more you drink the more dehydrated you become), your mood (all that extra sleep!) and energy. 

Enjoy sober socialising 

If you tend to socialise over a few drinks then you might be nervous about sober socialising. It can be tempting to hunker down and stay home during your dry month, but sober socialising isn’t as hard as you might think. 

A good approach is to shake up the way you socialise. Instead of catching up with friends over a bottle of wine, catch up over breakfast or organise an activity such as pottery or Pilates. When you socialise without alcohol, you remove the temptation to drink - making it much easier to stick to the challenge. 

Another strategy is to socialise with alcohol-free drinks. A dry month is a great time to embark on a journey of discovery and find some alcohol-free drinks that you enjoy. You might surprise yourself and make alcohol-free your go-to drink. 

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