How To Give Up Alcohol

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How To Give Up Alcohol Can Be Easier If You Get On Board With DryScene

It’s not straightforward for most people, but DryChick has some wonderful tips for how to give up alcohol in the right way and with some of these tips, further down the line you can consider a non-alcoholic beverage:




  • Start off by supporting yourself by surrounding yourself with like-minded people
  • Try to look at the situation positively
  • Remember how great you will feel mentally and physically after detoxing
  • Try to remove all alcohol from your house – it’s best not to be around temptation in the beginning
  • Set a drinking goal or limit if you would like to start teetotalism by cutting down
  • Keep a diary of how you feel each day to help with any struggles
  • Remember that it is perfectly fine to socialise with a coffee and not a gin and tonic!
  • If you’re missing the taste, you could always do what DryChick does and drink non-alcoholic beverages!
  • Make plans to see friends as regularly as you did when you did drink, this will keep your mind from wandering on a Friday night.

How to give up alcohol was never going to be a straightforward question, but here at DryScene we hope to show you that you can have a great time without booze, whether it’s for forever or just for the night. My version of “dry” means that I drink alcohol-free beer or de-alcoholized wine on occasion. That includes beer or wine that may have a trace alcohol content of up to 0.5%. While some in the sober community may view this as cheating, it works for me.

Before I gave up drinking I would NEVER have been able to keep a bottle of wine in the house, let alone a full wine rack, without the temptation to drink it all in one go. Now my wine rack is full of “low-or-no” alcohol wine and I’m not tempted to drink it at all. It’s for special occasions, for when I cook a big meal with friends or go to a party. Usually one or two glasses are enough. The irony is that I have finally learned how to drink like a normal person. Go figure. How to give up alcohol may not be my total area of expertise, but I can certainly share what has helped me to lead those in the right direction of living life without it.

As long as I’m not downing a six-pack of Becks Blue in a sitting or drinking a bottle of dealcoholised wine every night, then I feel I am staying true to my dry life. So far so good. It hasn’t made me want to go back to the real stuff. And this way I get to keep my lovely Spiegel glassware.

Not all low-or-no alcohol wine is the same (i.e. good or even drinkable) so I’ll be reviewing wines and beer to help you buy wisely. I’ve found some are best left to breathe or poured from a decanter while others even taste better the next day. In the U.S. and the U.K. you can order the wine online, and in London you’ll find it on the shelf at Tesco and Waitrose. Some come with real corks and lovely labels that you have to study hard to see that there’s no alcohol in them, making them perfect to bring to parties. A few are even good enough to serve your own guests and they’d be none the wiser

I’ll also be posting “mocktail” recipes and giving recommendations about what and how to order when you’re out on the town. There’s no reason to let my extensive experience drinking the real thing from Napa to Paris to the Palatinate go to waste! There’s not one clear cut answer to the question of how to give up alcohol but I believe that the ultimate aim is to enjoy being sober!

DryChick lives in London. She started DryScene to show people that they can have fun without alcohol. She wants to promote a healthy lifestyle and connect like-minded people through her events, where the focus is on the fun and not what’s in your glass. Contact her at


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  • Adria J. Cimino says:

    I’m looking forward to the “mocktail” recipes. I’ve had delicious virgin pina coladas and others in the past, and since I’m not a fan of hard alcohol, really prefer them.

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