The best tips for navigating Dry July

Many Australians are getting more and more sober, trading their favorite cocktails for non-alcoholic versions this Dry July, whether it’s to find a healthier balance in life, save money, or just raise money for a good goal by banning the drink for a while. month. (Plus, it makes it much easier to hit the gym in the morning before work.)

Whatever your reasons, Dry July is the perfect time to go “sober” – not only is the charity raising money to help people with cancer live better lives, but the community spirit surrounding the event helps remove social stigma taking that can sometimes surround rejecting the next round of drinks.

Not sure where to start? Here are four tips that will help you make the most of your alcohol-free month (and maybe even make it a lifelong choice).

1. Don’t sacrifice on taste

In the past, saying no to your favorite glass of vino often meant choosing a glass of water, which means missing out on the taste and ritual drinking.

Where there was once a gap in the market for non-drinkers, bars and brands are quickly following the trend, offering more alcohol-free options that don’t compromise on taste. (In fact, non-alcoholic wines are one of the fastest growing drink categories in Australia.)

Hardys ZERO Shiraz still delivers flavor and quality while providing a low sugar, low calorie and alcohol free solution.
With over 165 years of winemaking expertise, Hardys has created a delicious alcohol-free, flavoursome range that makes no compromises on taste or quality. Hardys ZERO is made using state-of-the-art technology that gently de-alcoholizes the wine at a lower temperature, preserving its natural flavors and body.
Think a round-flavoured Shiraz with soft, fine tannins, a Chardonnay with bright flavors of white peach and honeydew melon, or a Sparkling with notes of lemon curd, melon and nougat – all with little sugar, few calories and no alcohol.

2. Don’t forget your ‘why’

Whether it’s a Friday night out with friends, or a laid-back Sunday lunch with the family, it can be hard to turn down a drink in environments where it’s normally the norm.

When old habits kick in and you’re offered a bottle or beer or glass of sparkling, remind yourself (and those around you) of Why you economize. Dry July is a great starting point for the “sober-curious” as you can involve friends and family in the process through fundraising.

But there are other benefits to cutting back on the booze, such as improving your health, getting a better night’s sleep, and increasing mental clarity. Remind yourself of this the next time you’re tempted to have “just one drink” and sabotage your Dry July goals.

3. Socialize in Smart Settings

The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” can be a winner when it comes to exploring the world of non-drinking. While the non-alcoholic versions of your favorite drinks and cocktails have become just as good as the real ones, sometimes it can be easier to avoid the temptation to drink it altogether.

That way, you’ll still satisfy your inner social butterfly and stick to your goals.

Consider changing your normal social activities to a slightly less alcohol-oriented environment, such as swapping after-work drinks at the pub for a night of bowling or mini golf, or Saturday lunch with the girls to morning coffee . Or, better yet, BYO a bottle of Hardys ZERO to social events so you can get your cake (or wine) minus the alcohol.

4. Swap drinking for doing

With more energy and a more positive mindset, your free time to drink is the perfect time to start something new. And if you go out less, you might have some extra time to do those things you’ve always wanted to try.

Those Saturday mornings once spent in bed are perfect for a yoga or exercise class. And those Thursday evenings can be exchanged for a weekly cooking or language lesson.

You might just find a new healthy habit that will last after July‚Ķ because zero alcohol doesn’t have to mean zero fun.

Brought to you by Hardys ZERO.
Hardys ZERO still retains the signature Hardys quality and is for lovers of quality wine, but without the alcohol content. The Hardys ZERO Shiraz is now available at Coles, with Hardys ZERO Sparking and Chardonnay launching at Woolworths on July 18, alongside the Shiraz.

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