Want to cut down your drinking? 5 of the best alcohol substitutes!

Want to cut down your drinking? 5 of the best alcohol substitutes!

Go Sober for October is around the corner and, let’s face it, the last 18 months have probably caused more than a few of us to drink more than normal!

Whether you’re looking to give up completely, or just cut down, we are more likely to be successful giving up something by replacing it with something else. So next time you want to reach for something alcoholic why not try these brilliant alternatives (tried and tested by us!)

Seedlip Gin

Mix this non-alcoholic version with a nice tonic and it makes for a genuinely enjoyable drink with a ‘grown up’ taste! It comes in a few different flavours but Grove is our personal favourite.


If the traditional peppermint, chamomile or green teas aren’t for you, bear with us because now herbal tea comes in all sorts of wonderful flavours! Now that the nights are drawing in, and we’re really settling into Autumn, a cup of herbal tea can make a welcome alternative to your evening tipple! We like Pukka’s Vanilla Chai, which is also caffeine free, but there are plenty of other flavours to choose from including berry, cinnamon, and lemon, ginger and honey.


Kombucha has been getting really popular over the last few years and with growing focus on health and nutrition we can see why. It’s a caffeine-free fizzy soft drink designed as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and alcohol, with the added benefit of probiotics, vitamins and minerals. It also comes in a range of flavours like in this selection box!

Alcohol-Free Beer

We know this can be very hit and miss but a lot of brands are really polishing up their alcohol-free/ low alcohol offering and there’s now some really good options around! We enjoy Brewdog’s Nanny State which is both alcohol-free and vegan!


This is a good one as you can get as creative as you like and can make for a fun (and sober) evening activity! These syrups are great as you can add a bit to some soda water for a quick and easy drink or you can mix them with juice, ice and other ingredients if you want to be a bit more experimental! 

And finally… get busy!

It’s not always easy to give something up, especially if it’s become a habit. Alcohol-free alternatives are a great first step but it’s also a good idea to think about what else makes you feel the good feelings associated with alcohol? Is it a workout, laughing with friends, a hobby, new experiences, or finding another way to de-stress and unwind? Check out our blog ‘50 things to do instead of drinking‘ for ideas!

Whatever it is try to plan for these things during the times you’re most going to be tempted to have a drink!

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