Sober Is the New Buzz: 10 Fun Things to Do That Don't Involve Alcohol

Many people believe that they can’t have a good time unless they have a glass of alcohol on hand. Some people are social drinkers while others can be social unless they’ve had a few drinks in them. With alcoholism on the rise, it’s easy to see why this is a problem.

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But there are plenty of things you can do to have fun that doesn’t involve alcohol. Here are the top ten activities people most enjoy when they’re sober.

1. Throwing a Sober Dinner Party

Not all dinner parties have to involve a bottle of wine that you share for the table. Consider bringing the best alcohol free gin or making fruit-infused cocktails to keep the night interesting. Have pot luck so that everyone can bring an interesting dish to share. Being sober, you’ll definitely notice how much happier people are.

2. Pour Yourself a Bubble Bath

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Not everyone gets the time to sit back, relax, and unwind. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to pour yourself a bubble bath. Close the bathroom door, add some essential oils and get your favorite book ready. Bubble baths aren’t just for women either; splurge on the best bubble bath you can find and let the bubbles soothe your tense body.

3. Go For a Drive

This isn’t a trip to the grocery store; pick a direction and just go. You’ll be surprised by what you discover along the way: intriguing houses, large farms, or just a convenience store you’ve never gone to before. Just remember to have your phone to plot your way back home.

4. Reading

Not many people have time to sit down and read anymore. It’s all about social media and being on the Internet. But give yourself a detox from the online world by putting your devices away and diving into a book you haven’t read in a long time.

5. Spa Day

You could go out to your local spa or you could recreate the spa experience at home for you and your friends. Either way, bring out your stack of magazines and maked some iced tea for the occasion. The sharing of gossip is really up to you.

6. Getting Some Exercise

It doesn’t hurt to go out and get a brisk walk or jog in. It’ll be good for your health overall, even if it’s just for 20 minutes each day. Your body will thank you for it later on, especially when you want to get your beach body ready for the summer.

7. Watching a Movie

Having streaming services at home is great, but nothing beats the experience of the cinema. Go for the matinee shows to save a few bucks, and splurge on a bit of buttered popcorn to complete your day at the movies.

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8. Cleaning Out Your Closet

There are just some clothes you’ve gotten tired of wearing, so it’s time to get rid of them. Your closet may be too cluttered, so to make space, create a donation bag of the items you no longer want to keep. Not only does it open up the space of your closet, but it also helps out those less fortunate who can’t afford new clothes.

9. Calling Your Parents/Grandparents

When was the last time you spoke to them? Being out of touch with family is a more common occurrence than most people realize. So give them a call and see where the conversation takes you.

10. Plant a Garden

If the weather is right, it doesn’t hurt to go outside and create something from scratch. You’ll feel quite rewarded when you see your vegetables and/or flowers start to bloom and grow, knowing that it all came from your hard work.

Alcohol doesn’t solve all problems or always adds fun to any occasion; consider planning one event without alcohol and see what kind of fun you can really have.

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