Many people find themselves packed into a bar on a Saturday night to make that ‘social connection’with a glass of alcohol in their hands. But there’s a growing trend that began few years ago for ‘sans bars’: places for people who want to socialize but don’t want the proverbial hangover the next morning, who can enjoy doing so with non-alcoholic drinking.
A lot of women are following this trend, most of them in their 30s. They claim they like the feeling of not being foggy or hungover and just like feeling better. They go to these ‘sans bar’establishments and sip on some pretty good ‘mocktails,’that have names like Honey Dew Collins, Baby’s First Bourbon or Alright,Alright,Alright which feature nonalcoholic distilled spirits and fruit juices.
One member of this sober social club, Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry, says that what became noticeable to others when she started this journey of sober drinking was her overall health, her skin, eyes and she even lost weight. She says not everyone wants to get ‘wasted.’Most of the time they just want to socialize and fit in.
Other benefits to the sans alcohol drinking is calmness, and regaining creativity, says Kathy Kuzniar, who is another sans alcohol social club member.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adults surveyed who were over 18 showed that 86 percent of them had an alcoholic drink sometime in their lifetime and that 56 percent of them have imbibed in the last month. According to their records abstaining from alcohol on a short term basis is becoming more common.
A British study of 850 men and women who volunteered to abstain from alcohol one ‘Dry January’resulted in the following benefits: feeling a great sense of achievement – 82%; better sleep – 62%; lost weight – 49%.
Creator of the ‘sans bar,’Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas was at one time a regular heavy drinker which started when he was 16 years old. After having gone through Alcoholics Anonymous, he found he was lonely, missing the social connections that came with drinking, so he decided to start a sober ‘sans bar’in Austin TX on Friday and Saturday nights. They became a popular place where people could converse, make sober friends, listen to music and drink good nonalcoholic drinks and ginger beer for instance. Chris has since started sober ‘sans bars’in locations such as in Washington, D.C., New York, Anchorage, AL, Kanas City, Mo and Massachusetts. If you feel that a ‘sans bar’ isn’t enough to help you overcome