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Summer is a fun time to gather with family and friends. Pool parties, outdoor barbecues, and beach vacations make life great. Unfortunately for many people, drinking alcohol at these gatherings and then driving home can cause DWI arrests, wrecks, and even loss of life. Many of these people who drink alcohol do so only because of social norms, because of peer pressure, or just to cool off. To help eliminate drunk driving following the party, hosts can serve mocktails (cocktails without alcohol) as an alternative. Designated drivers, people who rode alone, guests who do not like alcohol, and pregnant guests can enjoy the social aspects of drinking without the dangers associated with it if you serve mocktails at your gathering.
Drinking non-alcoholic drinks instead of the alcoholic versions has many benefits. If you choose ingredients carefully and stay away from too much sugar or other additives, you’ll avoid having a hangover or feeling very sluggish the next day. You’ll also save money since alcohol can be expensive. While you may really enjoy the taste of this yummy treat, you will not become chemically addicted to it like you can with alcohol. And a big benefit of skipping the alcohol is that your judgment, reaction time, and emotions will be fully intact and you will be able to handle unexpected emergencies. If there is a pool or body of water near, being alert and sober will really help you and others stay safe. Plus, that icy drink will cool you off just as much as the version with rum in it!
To offer mocktails at your next event, you can just stock up on various juices, soft drinks, and garnishes and let your guests get creative. Or you can do some research ahead of time for recipes to design some very visually appealing and tasty drinks that will WOW your guests.
When you prepare for the party, display your non-alcoholic options in a way that appeals to your guests. If they have to go digging for ingredients, they might be more likely to just grab the beer or pour the readily available liquor. Make sure cups, ice, straws, and anything else needed are all visible and handy. And don't forget that cocktail umbrellas make every drink taste better. You can prepare a fix-it-yourself bar of ingredients or you can have a pitcher mixed, labeled, and ready to pour.
It's hot outside in the Alabama summer. Do you know what's really refreshing? Avoiding a drunk driving charge! Sip on that non-alcoholic pina colada and know that you're making a smart choice. For more information on ways we separate drinking from driving, call Smart Start of Alabama or complete our contact form.
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