At 8 o'clock on Saturday night, people start gathering in a popular bar called Harvard and Stone, in a neighborhood of East Los Angeles. The chakra becomes stronger when the drink begins to flow.
In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group apparently also have fun, but do not drink alcohol. They drink handcrafted cocktails with names like Baby's First Bourbon and Meadow De Collins with spirits distilled from soft drinks. Become friends without alcohol.
The members of this club work, have difficult jobs, and just do not want to feel foggy or gloomy anymore. Without alcohol, they say they just feel better.
"Oh, my God. Well, one thing that was noticeable to almost everyone was my overall health and, like my skin, my eyes," says Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry. 1
Again I'm creative, "says Kuznjar," and I know I will not do these things if I still drink. "
Not long ago a group of women in a bar who did not drink alcohol According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86% of adults over 18 reported having had an alcoholic beverage or drink at some point in their lives and 56% said they had had alcohol during the last month "Still, alcohol abstinence – in the short or long term – is becoming more widespread." "Not everyone wants to get lost when he goes to the bar," Forte says. Sometimes when you're there, you just want to be social and fit.
The "sober curiosity" or "sober sometimes" movement began as a challenge for those who felt they had spent too much of the New Year's Eve weekend. First it was "Dry January", when people could boast in social media about how to make a break from alcohol. Now there is "Dry Jul" and even "Own September". The movement has spread to the United States, with people challenging each other to see what life is without alcohol and to share that experience.
Instagram accounts like Sober Girl Society and Sober Nation have tens of thousands of followers, and Ruby Worrington, author of the book Sober Curious: Blessed sleep, greater focus, infinite presence and deep connection that awaits us all the other side of alcohol, which was released in December
And while there is virtually no disadvantage to taking a break from drinking alcohol – or going out altogether – science is barely beginning to study the ways in which abstinence may be good for you. Short breaks improve health There are several studies that point to some benefits of abstinence even for moderate drinkers – in addition to widely recognized benefits for people who have alcohol abuse.
A British study of about 850m EurLex-2bg in the year 2016 and women who voluntarily abstained during dry January found that the participants had reported a number of benefits. For example, 82% say they feel an achievement. A better study published last year by UK researchers compared health outcomes among a group of men and women who agreed to stop taking drink for one month. , with the health of a group that continues to consume alcohol. "They found that at the end of this month, a little over a month, people in general lost some weight," said Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. They had improvements in insulin sensitivity, their blood pressure improved, and their liver seemed a little healthier. "The improvements are modest, White says, but the wide range of benefits researchers have documented is documented by the biochemical effects of one month abstaining
The study was small, involving only 16 people who had the average habit of drinking two drinks a day, but the results were provocative, scientists say, and deserve to be tracked. measure hepatic enzyme levels called gamma-glutamyltransferase or GGT. "There is an antioxidant made by the liver called glutathione. You can get an indirect measurement of the degree of oxidative stress in the liver by measuring an enzyme called GGT that helps fill up the glutathione foods. "The researchers documented a reduction in the GGT of the participants
." The results of these studies are actually very surprising "Health risks associated with heavy, long-term drinking are well-known, but these are some of the first evidence to help scientists understand how the body responds even to a brief pause of moderate alcohol use. For drinkers who have become dependent on alcohol, making a short break is probably not an option, and many people who drink hard have had no easy way to manage their relationship to alcohol
Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas, has been sober in the last 12 years, and he's been drinking at high school, he says, and he's got his first DUI at 16. Then he joins college brotherhood and continues to drink
my drinking is really focused around the community and I want such a relationship with other people – he says.
Finally he became sober with the help of Anonymous Alcoholics. He has become a counselor on drug abuse to help others, but he finds that recovery has often been lonely. created Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin. It is open on Friday night and some Saturdays – a convenient place where people can talk, make sober friends, listen to music and, of course, drink good soft drinks. (Marshall likes ginger beer that he thinks offers a nice burn in the throat that people sometimes miss when they no longer drink alcohol.)
Sans Bar has become so popular that Marshall took the concept on the road this year. He organizes pop-up bars in Washington, USA, New York and Anchorage, Alaska. He opened new sober bars in Kansas City, West Massachusetts.
"What I want to create across the country is these small incubators for social connections," he says.
In the last 12 years, Marshall has seen many changes in the way people look at sobriety. When you worry, you either drink – or not, he says. There is now a whole spectrum of sobriety. "Not everyone is identified as sober all the time," says Marshall.
He welcomes people in the Sans Bar who are recovering, and those who are just curious about sober life, as long as they are free of substances when they arrive while they are there. You know, alcohol is the only drug in which you have to specify the reason why you are not doing it, "he says. They go without alcohol for 30 days, they explain and document their experience at the podcast and in the Instagram of #boozelessATX.
"We've come to the realization that we drink too often and too much," Zaleski says.
Wanted to see what new skills and activities they can try out while they do not consume alcohol. So far, they have found archery lessons, playing football on a flag, checking motorcycles on a biker rally and joining a free improvisation class. nights are difficult. Then you discover Bar Without Borders
Now, if you worry about being one of the 17 million adults in the US who are alcohol dependent and alcohol causes you stress or harm, seek medical attention. As we report, there are different treatments outside Alcoholics Anonymous, including counseling, medicines, and support groups to help people who want to end this addiction. This NIAAA guide can help you find the right program or approach for you.
But if you can and want to experiment with alcohol while others around you drink, Marshall offers these tips to stick to it: You do not drink your plans, bring a friend who supports you and require a good substitute drink .