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When I first stopped drinking, exactly a week ago, I said to my friend, 'But what will I drink now?' , like I'd forgotten all the other liquids that exist in the world that did not contain alcohol.
She said (as someone who stopped successfully 2 years ago) EAT. Then:
- Iced tea or drinks mixed with fruit
- Diet coke - caffeine free
- Coffee and tea
When out socialising:
- Alcohol free beer
- Soda and lime
Now experimenting with various flavours to excite my pallate. It keeps me out of trouble and it's productive.
I've tried some of the beers and they ain't that bad.
About to embark on a discover of NA wine too. There are 3 main manufacturers in the US and many reviews to read.
I know there are differing thoughts on whether you should stimulate those receptors to 'faux' products and that perhaps they just become so unsatifying that you turn to the real thing. My early experiences are pretty good..the beers are a vast improvement on NA beers from the past. When I was in the aptmosphere of a bar with dancing, drinking the beer, I felt as though I was a little drunk, but I was just dancing and actually enjoying myself. Drove home. Slept well. Woke up feeling bright and haven't enjoyed a Sunday as much in ages.
The future is bright. The future does not contain hangovers.
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