It’s December, which means it’s time for Christmas parties, summer holidays, and hangovers… Summer is an amazing time for many – and with COVID restrictions lifted, traveling and dancing with your friends has never been more appealing.
While this break is no doubt well-deserved, it’s important not to fall into unhealthy behaviours, such as excessive drinking, lack of sleep or even neglecting mental health issues. The good news is, there is a way to attend every social event without drinking every time, and this comes in the form of a ‘Nolo’ drink.
What is ‘Nolo’?
‘Nolo’ in simple terms refers to drinks with no or low alcohol, but is designed to replicate or taste like one. The market for them has gone crazy in the past couple years, which comes as great news to those promoting healthy lifestyles. Most Aussie beer brands have launched their own Nolo products, such as Carlton Zero, Peroni Libera, Heineken Zero, etc, and there’s now even zero alcohol spirits and venues dedicated to these drinks!
As Aussies, we love our culture, but it’s often seen as strange to go without a drink at an event. Many of us can feel at a loss or not know what to do with our hands if we aren’t holding a drink, leading to us feeling uncomfortable. But if you have a no or low alcohol drink in your hand, you can enjoy the conversation and the party spirit, without regret.
We are firm believers of drinking in moderation to protect both your physical and mental health. That’s why we recommend trying out ‘Nolo’ drinks every now and then – especially if attending multiple events in a week. And no, we aren’t sponsored by any Nolo brands!
Healthy Holiday Season Habits
When work starts to slow down for the year, it’s easy to fall out of exercise routines or neglect healthy eating. Of course – we all deserve a break this summer, but always prioritise your physical and mental wellbeing before anything else.
If you find yourself busy socialising or holidaying, remember to check in on how you are actually feeling and your inner dialogue, even if you think you’re feeling fine. Check that you are doing the right things in life to keep your body and mental health on the right track, like regular exercise (even if it’s just a quick walk), and self care.
If you feel you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, our psychologists are here to help. Get in touch today.