For many of us, the past two years have been filled with unexpected stressors. It’s no surprise, then, to see reports stating that over two thirds of US adults have significantly increased their alcohol consumption since 2020.
Now, as we enter 2023, we find ourselves stepping into a reset phase — including an examination of our habits around alcohol. As many of us restructure and minimize how alcohol fits into our lives, the question necessarily becomes: How do we drink when we’re not drinking?
We should approach our alcohol habits with compassion for ourselves, and acknowledge that, while alcohol itself may be damaging to our body, the experience of having a drink can actually be quite healing. The connection, presence of mind, and genuine comfort we feel in sharing a drink with those close to us can’t be discounted. As a solution, many people have been turning to alcohol alternatives like Aplós spirits as a means of preserving the benefits of alcohol-style rituals, all while treating their body with a healthier way to unwind.
A moment of authentic connection, a stretch of mindful meditation while you sip an Aplós cocktail, or even a shake up as you refresh your drinking routine with functional spirits are manageable, sustainable ways to rebuild a ritual without alcohol.