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Five Tips For Mindful Drinking

Irene Falcone

Mindful drinking is becoming increasingly popular and people who choose to practice it are reaping the rewards. Drinking less alcohol, less often can help improve sleep, mental health energy and overall wellbeing.

Simply put, mindful drinking is the drinking with the thinking. So how do we go about it?

Consider how to change our habits

Think honestly about your current drinking habits and consider how and why you want to change them. Ask yourself; has my drinking become habitual? Am I drinking to relieve stress?

Then think about some realistic changes you can make. Maybe you can start by sticking to the recommended alcohol units (the current Australian guidelines recommend no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day).

Alternatively, you could have at least three alcohol-free days a week or choose to only drink alcohol at the weekend.

Be realistic

If we set unrealistic restrictions about drinking, we’ll likely end up feeling like we’re missing out. Rather than restricting yourself from having any alcohol, try going with the flow.

Reframe your thinking. Tell yourself, “I may have a couple of drinks tonight but stop when I’ve had enough’ or decide ‘tonight I’m going to try out some gin mocktails.”

And if you really want that mojito, go for it. Just be mindful of how many you have.

Have alcohol free days

On the days when you’re not drinking alcohol, try sipping on an alcohol alternative. Sitting back and unwinding with a cold glass of Wild Life Botanicals Sparking Blush is enough to make your cares drift away. And that’s just the start.

With so many alcohol-free beers, wines, and spirits available at Sans Drinks you’re bound to find something you’ll love. Plus, thousands of positive reviews can’t be wrong.

We have an alcoholic free drink option to suit every occasion. Whether it’s a picnic, a hen’s party, or a BBQ, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out.

Set yourself up with alternatives

It’s common that people reach for a drink when they’re feeling stressed - alcohol is often associated with relaxation. But what about if we changed that association?

Identify the triggers that cause you to drink and line up alternative options to unwind. For example, if you’ve had a busy, stressful day at work, head out for a walk, read a book or call a friend instead.

Alternatively have some non-alcoholic bubbles in the fridge. You may find stress relief comes from the ritual of drinking, rather than the alcohol itself.

Offer to be the designated driver

Being the designated driver helps you stick to the straight and narrow. But it doesn’t mean that you should be left in the slow lane.

Give your tastebuds a treat with a driver friendly non-alcoholic wine, such as NEWBLOOD non-alcoholic Chardonnay, or a champagne alternative such as Thomson & Scott Noughty.

It’s the only time you can drive and have more than one for the road. Try a variety of non-alcoholic alternatives to find the one you love. It will make cutting back on alcohol even easier.


Irene Falcone

Irene Falcone is the founder of Sans Drinks, Australia’s number 1 non-alcoholic bottle shop.

Bio: Irene Falcone is on a mission to change the way Australian's drink. Founder of Sans Drinks, Australia's first physical alc-free bottle shop, and online superstore. Irene is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur described by Channel 7 as "the biggest disrupter of the liquor industry since prohibition." With a unique understanding of the alcohol-free drinks market, including robust customer data insights into drinking trends and a detailed knowledge of over 500 products, Irene is passionate about making alcohol-free drinks fun, sexy and part of everyday mindful drinking.


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