Debunked: 4 Myths About Alcohol-Free Living
Ever been curious about going alcohol-free, but have certain reservations about it? We get it. There are so many myths and stigmas out there about living alcohol-free that are stopping us from taking that leap.
We’re here to debunk some of them and get rid of that stigma so that we can start experiencing what life truly has to offer.
Myth 1: “If I don’t drink I won’t have, or be fun!”
This is probably the most popular one - and it could not be further from the truth. We tell ourselves that we need alcohol to be the fun and vibrant one. But if anything, going alcohol-free removes the security blanket that is keeping you from seeing your true self and your true potential! Ditching the blurry goggles of alcohol means you become more present, more engaged, and are able to build real connections and real memories (that you don’t lose from blacking out the night before!)
Myth 2: “I’m not addicted so I don’t have to go alcohol-free”
Many people think they have to be an alcoholic first to become sober. We think that we have to be an addict to try to change. But did you know that 9 out of 10 people who drink too much are not classified as addicted? In other words, you don’t have to be addicted in order to need change.
On the same note, choosing to not drink doesn’t automatically label you as an addict. Whether the reason being for sobriety, curiosity, being designated driver, on a health kick or something else on the long list, any reason to make a healthy change is a valid one.
Myth 3: “I’ll constantly get FOMO”
No doubt, the Fear of Missing Out is a real thing. But there is also a Joy of Missing Out that comes with ditching the beers and liquors. Think of all the hangovers, the regrets, the unhealthy side effects you would be missing out on by opting for a non-alcoholic alternative. Think of all the joys in life that don’t involve alcohol that you can explore - a new hobby, a new sight to see… the options are endless!
You may think you’d be the only one opting to pass on the alcohol, but there’s no need to feel singled out. The choice to be alcohol-free is on the rise among Australians! (Check out our blog about it here)
Myth 4: “But alcohol-free drinks are full of sugar”
It’s easy to see where this myth comes from. Non-alcoholic wines used to be grape juice and very high in sugar. But times have changed. Many companies are using a gentle distillation process that removes the alcohol without adding extra sugars.
Lyre’s, for example, uses a range of natural sugars to match the sweetness of the classic spirit. The no-alcohol base means there are much less calories in non-alcoholic drinks compared to their alcoholic counterparts.
Heaps normal comes with about half the energy of a traditional beer and less than 2% of sugar.