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Being a mum can be tiring and challenging at times, so reaching for a wine at the end of the day can feel rewarding. But did you know that non alcoholic drinks reward you in more ways than one? It might be time to make the switch.

Better sleep

Drinking may help you fall asleep, but it doesn’t help you stay asleep. Heading to bed with alcohol in your system prevents your body from settling into restorative sleep – the sleep that (quite literally) dreams are made of.

Without restorative (REM) sleep, you wake feeing groggy, tired, and irritable. Your concentration levels decrease, and you’ve limited energy for playing with the kids. Swapping your nightly wine for a non alcoholic alternative can change that.

Indulging in a non-alcoholic wine before bed is the perfect way to relax and unwind before a good night’s sleep.

Improved intimacy

Sometimes drinking can make us feel frisky. But the earth doesn’t always move. Drinking reduces our testosterone levels which can decrease our libido and prevent us from orgasming.

The more we drink, the less we’re able to sense sexual stimulation to become and stay aroused. Doesn’t sound much fun, right?

In contrast, sober sex is amazing. Being present and sensing every single touch creates increased intimacy and pleasure. Every sensation is magnified. Nothing is anti-climatic.

Stay on track with health goals

It’s easy to fall off the health wagon after you’ve had a couple of drinks. Good intentions vanish as you wake up late with a throbbing head. Staying committed to your goals is easier if you switch up your drinks.

Alcoholic drinks are loaded with empty calories and slow down our metabolism, which causes weight gain. In contract, many zero alcohol drinks, such as a non-alcoholic sparkling wine are low in both calories and sugar offering all the taste without the growing waist.

Drinking can affect your dedication and enthusiasm for exercise. But waking up fresh after a night of sipping non alcoholic wine means you’ll have more energy to burn through the day.

Balanced mood

Alcohol can boost your mood temporarily. But after too many drinks or as the alcohol leaves your system, things aren’t so rosy. Alcohol’s depressant effect causes a rollercoaster of emotions, most commonly sadness and anxiety.

To boost your mood permanently, moderate your drinking or try swapping your usual tipple for a non alcoholic alternative. You’ll feel the benefits immediately.

In fact, one study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.

More energy

One of the first things I noticed when I quit drinking was my improved energy levels. I was sleeping better and waking up fresher. I was more motivated to get up and exercise and get things happening.

Now I pour my energy into maintaining a healthier lifestyle and mixing up the perfect non alcoholic cocktails –  I’m currently obsessed with gin mocktails!

The benefits of switching to alcohol free drinks don’t stop there. People have also noticed improvement in their skin, their smile, and their self-esteem. Drinking has never felt or looked so good.

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

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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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  • I don’t drink much these days…maybe one drink or two on the weekend nights. But I did go alcohol free for about 3 or 4 months last year (not pregnancy or baby related) and did not feel the need to drink alcohol free drinks…I just stuck to water. My sleep, energy levels and general health and well being did improve during that time as the article suggested.
    I’m about to start another 6 weeks of being alcohol free!

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  • Why would you bother? Non alcoholic isn’t much cheaper then alcoholic. If you want to avoid alcohol, drink milk or ice tea or something. Avoid the hangover AND the price tag.

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  • It is a great idea but most of the time it’s cheaper to have the alcohol than a non-alcoholic drink. It’s the same with food for vegan’s or vegetarians and the reason I know this is because I make cheesecakes to share with friends. I have a couple of friends who are vegan for either health reasons or beliefs so I made a cheesecake for them. It ended up costing me almost twice as much to make than my usual ones. I haven’t made it again even though it was very tasty.

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  • I tried alcohol free drinks when I was pregnant. Didnt enjoy them at all.

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  • Unfortunately, the price of a non-alcoholic drink is the same, or more, than an alcoholic one, so not many people would see the cost benefits, but are are certainly a lot of health benefits!

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  • They are a great alternative if you don’t want to drink or can’t drink

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  • Easier to hide a pregnancy to hehe

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  • Im not a big drinker. But if im out and don’t want to drink I much prefer something like a coffee or soda water with lime. I’ve never been a fan of the fake non alcoholic drinks. Usually sugar bombs or not so tasty.

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  • I’ve never been a big drinker and it’s lessening even more since I’m getting older. Non alcoholic drinks would be good, but you pay as much for them as you do for alcoholic drinks. If you want to be alcohol free, just drink water, healthy and cheap

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  • Mocktails have been around for a while; an alternate (in a pretty glass) if you don’t feel like drinking alcohol especially in a social celebration setting.

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  • Not sure which ones taste good. I tried some wines and they were terrible. They aren’t cheap either. I’d just rather have a regular non alcoholic drink if I can’t drink the alcohol.

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  • Definitely worthy of a try especially with the festive season not too far off.

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  • My husband doesn’t drink alcohol anymore & he still occasionally enjoys a non alcohol wine & just recently was given a bottle of non alcohol gin & mixed with diet tonic water it really is a refreshing drink that tastes like the real thing.

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  • Water is my go to drink these days, and it makes waking up in the morning just so easy and then being able to breeze through the day is great too.

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  • I haven’t drank alcohol in years! It’s never really appealed to me.

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