Quitting drinking requires two battles: first fighting the addiction, then breaking the habit.  If you are accustomed to having a drink in your hand at a certain time of day or during social events, it can be rough to feel empty-handed when you are newly sober.  And let’s face it, sipping on water just doesn’t have the same celebratory effect. Non-alcoholic beverage companies have recently responded to this need for something a little more sophisticated with a variety of alcohol-free beers, wines, and spirits.  But before spending your money, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of these “faux” drinks and make the right choice for your recovery.

Non-alcoholic beverage companies are not only marketing to sober consumers, but also those who are looking for fun and creative ways to cut back on their alcohol consumption.  If you are in recovery from alcohol use disorder, it is important to consider what triggers you may have when choosing a beverage. For example, if you were a red wine drinker in your drinking days, you may want to steer clear of non-alcoholic red wine, as it may activate old cravings and leave you wanting the real thing.  If you feel anything that tastes a bit like alcohol may be triggering for you, another option is to find some creative mocktail recipes using soda water, syrups, juices and herbs.

If you do choose to explore the world of non-alcoholic beverages, you will find a growing variety of options including different wine varietals and even craft beer.  These alternatives are unlikely to taste exactly like the real thing, simply because they are lacking the bite of genuine alcohol, but they can be very enjoyable and pair well with different foods.  While non-alcoholic beverages are not for everyone, they can be a great option for those seeking something a little more interesting than a soda at parties.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.