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- 100 Stealth ways to drink less alcohol at parties
- Why would I want to drink less alcohol at parties?
- Here is a list of over 100 drinks that look like (and might even taste better than) alcoholic drinks.
- Recipes & Tips to drink less alcohol at parties
- Punch & Cocktails
- Egg Nog – No rum required
- Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Cranberry & Pomegranate Drinks
- Beer – Tried kombucha?
- Bloody Mary/Caesar – Feel free to nix the vodka
- Bubbly & Festive Water
- Hot Chocolate – Feel free to nix the Bailey’s
- Matcha Lattes
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100 Stealth ways to drink less alcohol at parties
Now, I’m not opposed to small-to-moderate alcohol intake. I’ll share a glass of wine with my husband a couple of nights a week, and often have a beer with my Friday night pizza (Gasp! Yes, we have a weekly pizza night with our girls). 😉
But, we all know that alcohol is not particularly healthy. A moderate amount can have some health benefits for some people, but overdoing it is not good for anyone. Right?
There is A LOT of good information out there on the effects of alcohol consumption on your health. In fact, references 1, 2, 3 & 4 listed below are great reads if you’d like to “geek out” on the health effects of alcohol.
At the end of the day, the health effects of alcohol range from “probably good” to “absolutely disastrous.”(1)
And there are many reasons why you might want to reduce (or eliminate) your alcohol intake this holiday season. Or any time.
Any alcohol consumption above low to moderate levels can displace nutrients, increase health risks, and make you act like a degenerate at parties.(2)
For me, growing up with an Eastern European heritage, alcohol was part of every celebration. Yup, EVERY celebration. And as soon as we were adults we were allowed to participate.
As an example, the receiving line at my wedding was basically to invite every guest to do a “shot” with one of the bridal party members.
Why would I want to drink less alcohol at parties?
Having said that, there were lots of times in my life when I chose not to drink.
The most obvious is when I was (or thought I might be) pregnant. There were also times when I wanted to keep my wits about me, especially when in unfamiliar circumstances or with people who I didn’t really know that well. Of course, when it was my turn to be the DD (“designated driver”) I wouldn’t drink either.
PERSONAL STORY: Not drinking because I was the DD saved my life once! I was at a club downtown Toronto with a friend and I was the DD. We were heading home around 2:00 a.m. on the QEW. As I entered the highway in the right-hand lane the car that was driving in the middle lane swerved left for no apparent reason and plowed right into the concrete median! Right in front of our eyes we saw this car essentially make a left turn (on a straight highway) and flatten the front of their car with a mini-fireworks of sparks, before bouncing off the concrete median! All 4 people in that car got out, so they are lucky they weren’t seriously injured, but when the cops got there to question my friend and I they basically took our statements and said that the other car was at fault because the driver had been drinking. We weren’t ever called to testify, so I have no idea what actually happened to them. CRAZY stressful memory, and really hit home why DDs should NOT drink!Bottom line: DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! #alcohol #party #booze #dd #drive Click To Tweet
I’m lucky that I’m healthy and my liver can take a bit of alcohol once in a while. But some people have medical conditions that preclude them from drinking alcohol. Maybe they’re on critical daily medications that interact with alcohol.
FUN FACT: Did you know that of the 80 most prescribed medications, 24 interact with alcohol? Yup! I looked them up myself! If you are taking meds, you should really check with your doctor or pharmacist to confirm if there are interactions with alcohol. Basically an interaction is a potential side effect. Some of these “drug-alcohol” interactions can affect your blood sugar or blood pressure, they can make you dizzy & drowsy, or even cause liver problems.Of the 80 most prescribed medications, 24 interact with alcohol? #meds #drugs #alcohol #interaction Click To Tweet
Either way, there are lots of reason why you may want to not drink at all, or drink less.
Have you ever been somewhere where you don’t want to drink, but feel like you should? Where you don’t want people to know that you’re not drinking? Well, I’m here to help!
Here is a list of over 100 drinks that look like (and might even taste better than) alcoholic drinks.
Yup! 100+ ways to drink less alcohol at parties
Don’t be fooled that these are all healthy drinks, they’re not. Many contain uber amounts of sugary ingredients and are decadent and full of calories. But, ALL of these recipes can be made without alcohol.
These are a list of ideas how to drink less alcohol without advertising to everyone that you are.
Recipes & Tips to drink less alcohol at parties
- When making drinks, keep the alcohol separate from any “mixes” so you can either add less or skip it altogether
- Measure your alcohol using 1 oz shot glasses, don’t “free pour”
- Carry around a beer bottle or other half-filled glass all night, so people don’t offer you more to drink
- Top up with alcohol-free mixes all night (sparkling water, juice, etc.)
- A few more tips for drinking less without your friends knowing in this post from Summer Tomato(5)
Punch & Cocktails
Elderflower Lemonade – Jamie Oliver
Non-Alcoholic Cranberry & Pear Spritzer – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Hot Punch – Holistic Squid
Pomegranate Cocktail – Paleo Newbie
The ‘Stay Gold’ Holiday Mocktail – Yum Universe
Non-Alcoholic Ginger Spritzer – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Tropical Raspberry Lime Zinger – Oh She Glows
Ginger Lime Mocktail – Elana’s Pantry
Maria’s Virgin Martini – Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen
20+ Healthy Mocktail Recipes – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Egg Nog – No rum required
Creamy Almond Nog – Simple Balance.ca
Egg Nog – Elana’s Pantry
Vegan Egg Nog – Joyous Health
Paleo Egg Nog – My Heart Beets
Nut-MEG Nog – Your Health is on Your Plate
Sexy Nog Recipe – Joyous Health
Light Dairy-Free Eggnog – Healthful Pursuit
Vegan Nog (Classic and Peppermint) – Oh She Glows
Raw Vegan Egg Nog – My New Roots
Dairy-Free Egg Nog – Healthful Pursuit
Egg-less Egg Nog – Julie Daniluk
Vegan Banana-free Egg Nog – Sexy Food Therapy
Creamy Vegan Egg Nog – Kimberly Snyder
Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Cranberry & Pomegranate Drinks
Sassy Hot Apple Cider – Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen
Fresh Mulled Apple Cider – Meghan Telpner
Superfoods Hot Apple Cider – Healthful Pursuit
Cranberry Juice Made In a Crockpot – My Heart Beets
Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Spice “Latte” – Paleo Parents
Homemade Apple Cider – My Heart Beets
Homestyle Apple Cider with a Pumpkin Chai Infusion – Inspired Edibles
Creamy Pumpkin Pie Warmer – Just Making Noise
Organic Renewal Cider – Kimberly Snyder
Festive Holiday Kombucha – Real Food RN
Hot Spiced Lemon Appleade – Leslie Beck
Hot Apple Cider – Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen
Beer – Tried kombucha?
You can make your own (weeks in advance to allow for proper fermentation), or pick up a few bottles in the Natural Foods fridge in your local grocery store
Easy Kombucha – Meghan Telpner
Making Kombucha – Holistic Squid
How to Brew Kombucha – Real Food RN
Kombucha Starter Kit – Lutz Nutrition
How to Ferment Ginger Beer – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Bloody Mary/Caesar – Feel free to nix the vodka
(or as my grandparents called it, “vudka”)
Bloody Mary Mix – Silly Little Cavegirl
Morning Cocktail – Meghan Telpner
Homemade Vegan Caesar Cocktail – Oh She Glows
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix – Real Food RN
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix with Turmeric and Black Pepper – Hello Glow.co
Make Your Own Bloody Mary Mix – Betsy Life
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix – Former Chef
Bloody Mary Mix – Just A Pinch
Bloody Mary Recipe – Glue and Glitter
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix – The Runaway Spoon
Bubbly & Festive Water
Tea Soda – Healthful Pursuit
Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water – The Yummy Life
Strawberry Basil Italian Lemonade – Healthful Pursuit
Cranberry Ginger Water – Healthful Pursuit
Green Tea Soda – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Apple Spice Water – Healthful Pursuit
Kevin’s Natural Lemonade – Healthful Pursuit
Hot Chocolate – Feel free to nix the Bailey’s
Raw Hot Chocolate 3 Ways – The Nutritionista.ca
Warm Spiced Hot Cacao – Elise Danielle
Mexican Hot Chocolate – Elana’s Pantry
Luxurious Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa – Oh She Glows
Three Ingredient Paleo Hot Chocolate – My Heart Beets
Spicy Hot Chocolate with Creamy Hemp Milk – Joyous Health
Ridiculously Delicious Paleo Hot Chocolate – Oh Snap! Let’s Eat
Peppermint Nocha – The Paleo Mom
Superfood Haute Chocolate – My New Roots
Green Tea Hot Chocolate – Good Girl Gone Green
Vegan Happy Cow Hot Chocolate – Kimberly Snyder
Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Elana’s Pantry
Dairy-free Eggnog Rocket Fuel Latte – Healthful Pursuit
Gingerbread Latte (Coffee Free) – Richelle Ludwig
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte – Oh She Glows
Peppermint, Gingerbread or Eggnog Latte – Balanced Bites
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes – Elana’s Pantry
Homemade Almond Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte – Healthy Habit Solutions
Easy Peppermint Mocha – Paleo Newbie
Paleo Café Mocha – Predominantly Paleo
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte – The Yummy Life
Vegan Vanilla Latte – Kimberly Snyder
Dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Rocket Fuel Latte – Healthful Pursuit
Pumpkin Spice Latte and Frappuccino – Richelle Ludwig
(my new love, rekindled from a reminder of the scientific evidence of its health benefits)(6)
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Healthy Matcha Green Tea Latte – The Roasted Root
Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte – Inspired Edibles
Matcha Almond Milk Latte – Port and Fin
Matcha Green Tea Latte – The Vintage Mixer
Matcha Coconut Latte – Love and Lemons
Amazing Winter Mineral Infusion – A Nourished Heart
Lemon Honey & Ginger Tea – The Nutrition Guru and the Chef
Pumpkin Spice Blended Chai Tea (or coffee) – Healthy Habit Solutions
Crockpot Hot Toddy – Elana’s Pantry
Rooibos Masala Chai – Healthful Pursuit
Healing Hot Toddy – Inspired Edibles
Pumpkin Spice Earl Grey Latte – With Food and Love
Almond Milk Chai Latte – Love and Lemons
Vanilla Rooibos Tea with Cacao & Mint – In Sonnet’s Kitchen
Fun Healthy Recovery Drink – Eat Simply
Lemonade Sports Drink – Real Mom Nutrition
Fruit Infused Water – Pure Traditions
Healthy Flavored Water – Greatist
Simply Infused Water – Nutrition Stripped
10 Fresh Ideas To Do With Your Water – Real Food RN
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