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5 Alcohol Alternatives For a Buzz Without the Hangover

Alcohol alternatives offer another option to relax and socialize, without the hangover.

If you’ve been thinking about an alcohol-free lifestyle, or perhaps just reducing alcohol, this article is for you! 

What are Alcohol Alternatives?

Alcohol alternatives are beverages designed to mimic the taste, texture, and social experience of alcoholic drinks without containing alcohol.

A variety of alcohol alternatives are available as interest in a sober lifestyle grows.

Below we’ll introduce five beverages that can replace or help you reduce alcohol.

Benefits

  1. Reduces alcohol consumption
  2. Allows for social drinking without the effects of alcohol
  3. Supports weight loss
  4. Decreases blood pressure & triglycerides
  5. Improves cognitive function
  6. Promotes restful sleep
  7. Supports healthy skin
  8. Enhances relationships
Woman in a green tank top with her arms raised in a "v" celebrating.
Decreasing alcohol has positive effects on health.

1. CBD Drinks as an Alcohol Alternative

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants.

Animal studies, and self-reports in humans, suggest CBD may help with anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

CBD chemical composition next to a marijuana leaf

Recess Sparkling Water – CBD Drink

Recess Sparkling Water is infused with calming hemp & balancing adaptogens. 

It claims to promote relaxation, focus, and a sense of calm.

Certain plants and mushrooms are classified as Adaptogens, which claim to reduce stress. 

Recess Sparkling Water
Recess Sparkling Water

2. THC Drinks

THC drinks are available in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

They contain the psychoactive form of cannabis.

These new-age beverages typically contain CBD and a low level of THC.  Most are low in sugar and calories. 

Fans of THC-infused drinks report a relaxed feel-good effect without the high and associated “munchies”.

The letters "THC" written out in marijuana

Cann Social Tonics

Cann Social Tonics is increasing in popularity with the legalization of marijuana. 

The creators of this THC beverage brought the idea of low dosing to the cannabis industry.

The experience of Cann is described as a “euphoric, much more controllable, uplifting experience” than a traditional Cannabis high. 

Reviewers enjoy refreshing flavors like Grapefruit Rosemary and Lemon Lavender. 

Cann Social Tonic; lemon lavender flavor
Cann Social Tonic

Another option is THC edibles. They continue to soar in popularity as an alcohol alternative.

3. Kava – A Plant Based Alcohol Alternative

Kava is a supplement that may mimic alcohol’s effects.  It is a plant native to the Pacific Islands.

Kava may aid in relaxation, stress relief, and sleep.

It has an earthy flavor which some describe as an acquired taste.  It is typically consumed with beverages like juice or tea.

Much of the research to date has focused on Kava’s potential to reduce anxiety. 

Look for Kava products that list the Kavalactone content.

Bowl of kava in a wooden bowl
Kava

Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea

Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea can be found at many local grocers. 

This tea is purposefully blended with Kava, a root traditionally used for relaxation and sleep.

Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea
Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea

Leilo Calm in a Can

Leilo is a sparkling relaxation drink with Kava. I tried the variety pack from Amazon below.

The Raspberry Hibiscus-flavored Leilo is my favorite.

The effect is a slight numbness in the mouth.

Leilo Kava Relaxation Drink; Raspberry Hibiscus Flavor
Leilo Calm in a Can

4. Adaptogen Drinks

Adaptogens are natural substances like herbs and mushrooms that help the body adapt to stress.

There are over 70 different types of Adaptogens.  Examples include Ginseng and Ashwagandha.  Both are linked to stress relief. 

*Adaptogens are not regulated by the FDA. The claims associated with these products are based on limited research and experiential data.

A variety of adaptogens
A variety of different adaptogens exist.

Adaptogen-containing drinks are considered functional beverages, as discussed in our post on the Benefits of Collagen Tea.

Kin Euphorics

Kin Euphorics is a non-alcoholic, carbonated canned beverage.  

It contains Reishi mushroom, saffron, L-tryptophan, and passion flower. 

Tasters report a subtle sense of calm from a refreshing beverage.

Kin Euphorics
Kin Euphorics

Magic Kick

Magic Kick is an Adaptogen beverage developed by Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing reality star, Fredrik Eklund.

His line includes three beverage options named for their desired effect.

  • Party (Blueberry Chai)
  • Sex (Pomegranate Lime)
  • Sleep (Blueberry Lavender)

Magic Kick’s alcohol alternatives primarily contain mushroom-based adaptogens (Reishi, Chaga, Maitake).

In addition, Eklund’s products include additional adaptogens – Ginseng, Aswagandha, Gogi, and Guayusa.

Magic Kick Bundle
Magic Kick Bundle

5. Non-Alcoholic Drinks as an Alternative to Alcohol

Below are drinks without alcohol or any other mood-altering additives. 

Enjoy them on their own or as a sipper between alcoholic drinks.

  • Club Soda with Lime
  • Juice Spritzer
  • Grenadine, Tonic Water, and lemon Syrup
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Lemon, Lime, & Bitters
  • Seltzer Water with Bitters
  • Virgin Bloody Mary
  • Virgin Mojito
  • Kombucha
  • Ginger Beer
  • 0% Beer
2 glasses filled with non-alcoholic beverages
Mocktails are a common alcohol alternative.

Mocktails are also a great alcohol substitute. Check out our Virgin Moscow Mule recipe.

Takeaways for Alcohol Alternatives

Choosing alcohol alternatives can offer a pleasant experience without the effects of alcohol.

Check out this Sober Curious gift guide and Alcohol Substitutes for a Summer Buzz for additional alcohol alternatives.

2 people toasting with mocktails; cheers to alcohol alternatives!
Cheers to alcohol alternatives!

Disclaimers

The effects of alcohol alternatives vary, and there is always the placebo effect to consider.

Always consult your physician before using any products containing supplements or drugs like THC. 

In addition, reference your employer’s drug and alcohol policy before enjoying any THC-infused products.

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