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(Guardian)   US consumers are becoming 'sober curious' and now spend nearly $400m annually on non-alcoholic drinks, according to a 2022 Nielsen IQ analysis. None of them have Fark accounts   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2023-01-29 2:28:10 AM  
"non alcoholic" drinks....that's pretty much MOST drinks that don't contain alcohol...NVTS: nuts.
 
2023-01-29 3:46:45 AM  
I mean, I guess whatever helps you. But beer, wine, and liquor tastes like butt, and the only reason I drink it is because it's time to get brick faced.

Pina colada is the only exception, but after a certain amount of time, all I smell is sunblock.
 
2023-01-29 4:00:26 AM  
I'm curious... curious as to why the guardian felt the need to 'shop the boob lady staring blankly at who knows what into the cover image of the article.
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2023-01-29 6:54:58 AM  
I, for one, would like to pay $18 for them to mix pineapple juice, orange juice, and club soda together.

Rather than buying them each separately for $13 and mixing it at the table - without a cherry.
 
2023-01-29 7:33:49 AM  
Global moment of clarity?

If you shut out drinking culture and advertising and being drunk as a comedy trope, and actually look at what alcohol consumption has done for your family, your friends, your self... it can be toxic, it is devastating for some, and it's time to call BS on the doublethink surrounding it.

Good on Millennials and Gen Z for not buying the lie that being social is inseparable from getting buzzed.

I don't believe in prohibition (for any mind-altering substance, that's a separate topic), but let's start treating known poisons with respect. Ceremony, sacrament, grand occasion. I won't be sad to see mindless binge drinking become socially unacceptable everywhere.
 
2023-01-29 8:56:20 AM  

malainse: I, for one, would like to pay $18 for them to mix pineapple juice, orange juice, and club soda together.

Rather than buying them each separately for $13 and mixing it at the table - without a cherry.


Just add vodka
 
2023-01-29 9:11:12 AM  
I'm more than ok with learning moderation. I've had a new non alcoholic beers that were actually passable. It's been helping me kick a bad habit.

But then you have the people who act like certain vegans or nofap weirdos. They get this weird puritanical bent about how all alcohol (or masturbating, or meat) is poison, and they're not happy until they force their lifestyle choice on you. We already learned this lesson in the 20's, simmer down and stay in your lane.
 
2023-01-29 9:37:19 AM  
First time I quit was so I could save up for a house.
Second time, I wanted to date an actress and she hated the smell of alcohol.
Third time was for me, for life.

/ alcoholic
// your DNA may vary
/// 3 swizzle sticks for a 3 time quitter.
 
2023-01-29 11:28:43 AM  
Lol mocktails have been a thing for a decade. This is nothing new.
 
2023-01-29 12:02:22 PM  
At the end of the day it's just an overpriced beverage with questionable ingredients to mimic specific alcohol flavors. People are willing to pay the exorbitant prices for alcohol because it has the added benefit of giving you a buzz, but once the novelty wears off nobody is going to drop $50 per bottle on something because it tastes like alcohol.
 
2023-01-29 1:07:43 PM  
My ex was doing dry January and bought a bottle of non-alcoholic wine. She said it wasn't very good and was basically just grape juice. I dunno, maybe there are better ones out there.

I guess I just don't understand the need to pretend you're drinking. Non-Alcoholic cocktails  are basically just fruit juices or sodas. I mean, a non alcoholic Cuba libre is basically just coke. Why the need to call it a "mocktail". Just say you're having a coke. Your Vodka 7 "mocktail" is just lemon-lime soda.

Again, I just don't get the need to call it something else. If you want to just drink fruit juice or pop without the booze, go ahead, no one cares. Why do you have be so farking pretentious about it?

The "sober curious" crowd seem to be turning into the new Vegans.
 
2023-01-29 3:05:50 PM  

abhorrent1: The "sober curious" crowd seem to be turning into the new Vegans.


In my industry (marketing and advertising), there are a few well-known people on Twitter who have gone sober. Almost every other tweet is how AWESOME they feel and how AWESOME their lives are since they stopped drinking alcohol.

Makes me want to drink.
 
2023-01-29 4:23:44 PM  

abhorrent1: a non alcoholic Cuba libre is basically just coke.


Technically, it should be Coke with lime juice. A Cuba Libre w/o lime is just a rum and coke.
 
2023-01-29 5:10:02 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: I'm curious... curious as to why the guardian felt the need to 'shop the boob lady staring blankly at who knows what into the cover image of the article.
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Because boobs.
 
2023-01-29 9:07:15 PM  
I was recently introduced to the "Dawa", which is Swahili for for medicine. I'm not a vodka fan so I don't keep it in house, but it inspired me to create a non-alcoholic version.
I call it "The Placebo"

1 tablespoon brown sugar (or 1 teaspoon white sugar)
1 tablespoon real honey (melted in a little hot water)
2 splashes (or 2 slices) of lime
2 ounces of mint iced tea
muddle the brown sugar and lime in the glass
put ice in the glass followed by the tea
stir
add honey and stir

And if you want to turn it into an ersatz mint julep, add a shot of whiskey and call it a "Carpetbagger"
 
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