Following their publication last month, Canada’s new low-risk drinking recommendations have been getting a lot of attention. The general consensus is that you should keep your weekly alcohol intake to two drinks or less, which is significantly less than the two to three drinks per day that were formerly considered to be safe.
Our understanding of how alcohol can harm your health has increased as science has progressed. According to the new recommendations, drinking more alcohol each week increases your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Aside from the potential health dangers and advice, the pandemic has motivated many people to reconsider their relationship with alcohol and how it affects their relationships and mental health.
There are many delectable non-alcoholic options you can choose from if you’ve decided to cut back on alcohol for any reason.
Here is a list from Doctors Nova Scotia of some delicious alcohol-free drinks that you can try.
The low-hanging fruit of the non-alcoholic world are mocktails or cocktails without spirits. The drink menus of many restaurants and pubs now include unique alcohol-free combinations that are far more sophisticated than the Shirley Temples of your youth. Remember that a lot of non-alcoholic beverages still have a lot of sugar in them.
Mix your own
You can spend money on non-alcoholic substitutes for alcoholic spirits like gin, rum, and vermouth that offer the same flavor intensity and tongue feel as the original libations. However, you can also accomplish a lot with supplies that are available at the grocery store.
The Blueberry-Rosemary Lemon Mocktail seems energizing. The main component of this White Grape Spritzer is frozen grapes. Here is a straightforward beer mocktail made with tonic water, lime, and non-alcoholic beer. White Russian with salted caramel sounds like dessert in a cup. The ingredient list for these upscale mocktails includes tea. Make your own lavender simple syrup to use in this mocktail with citrus fizz.
Keep it local
In Nova Scotia, there are numerous small wineries, cideries, and breweries that produce low- or no-alcohol versions of their products. Additionally, you may support regional businesses that make syrups, bitters, sparkling waters, and other add-ons for alcoholic beverages.
A variety of flavors are available in the refreshing non-alcoholic fermented tea beverage known as kombucha. Many local businesses produce it, and some restaurants serve it on tap. Additionally, you may brew your own at home using a hands-off method that enables you customize the flavor.
Hold the judgment
Making everyone feel at ease, regardless of what is in their glass, is the goal of normalizing non-drinking. Don’t get upset if a friend or member of your family declines alcohol. They owe you no justification!
Visit the Community Mental Health and Addictions website and search social media for support groups in your area if you need assistance quitting alcohol for good. Visit Sober City for a detailed list of the assistance services in Halifax. This group assists in connecting sober and sober-curious persons to neighborhood establishments and events, such as regular alcohol-free gatherings.
More to this story at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/healthy-living/mocktails
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