Sunday, June 23, 2019

Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

The proliferation of craft mocktails made with non-alcoholic distilled spirits is making it easier and more fun for people who abstain from alcohol to feel like they are still part of the party.

At 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow.

In the far corner, a group of about a dozen women are clearly enjoying themselves, too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They're sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby's First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring non-alcoholic distilled spirits.

They're part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.

The members of this club work out, have demanding jobs, and simply don't want to feel foggy or hungover anymore. Without alcohol, they say, they just feel better.  Read more >>