Whether you’re the designated driver, choosing to stay sober or are sober-curious keep reading to discover tips on the best events in Nottingham.

This is your ultimate guide to festive fun whilst alcohol-free.

During the festive period and in England as a whole, drinking alcohol and partying has become a part of a lifestyle.

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  compared alcohol consumption across 33 countries finding that the UK came first in their study for female binge drinking with 26 percent of women binge drinking at least once a month.

This study alone shows how engrained drinking is in the UK culture.

The best sober events in Nottingham and Online

A Sober Speakeasy – Wandering Goblin Coffee (164-166 Derby Road Nottingham NG7 1LS)

Saul Aaron, owner and director Wandering Goblin Coffee said: “I run the event because I believe it’s really important to have third spaces that don’t necessitate drinking or carry a large financial obligation.

“I don’t really have many tips for staying sober – besides reduction is often easier and I think healthier than total removal.”

Follow them on Instagram to discover all their future events!

@wanderinggoblincoffee

 

The Sober Girl Society Virtual Meet-Ups

The Sober Girl Society founded by Millie Gooch is an online platform and community for sober or sober-curious women. They have virtual meet-ups every Tuesday and Saturday.

Follow @sobergirlsociety on Instagram for more information.

Café Sobar (24 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ)

Café Sobar

This is Nottingham’s first ever alcohol-free bar and café located in Nottingham’s city centre. It provides a safe space to all those recovering from alcohol addictions and their families and is a fun and vibrant place to meet like-minded individuals.

The ultimate Alcohol-free gift guide

Just because one of your friends is sober doesn’t mean they should receive socks or thoughtless gifts. Here are some gifts to treat yourself or someone you love this Christmas.

This is the perfect gift if you’re one for giving out bottles of bubbly to spread festive cheer. These are also vegan so perfect for your sober and vegan friends.

This is for all the ex-beer drinkers in your friendship group or family. At only £24 for 24 bottles this is the perfect affordable gift, even for a £30 limit secret Santa!

If you’re looking to spend a little more on a loved one this Christmas, these non-alcoholic spirits are perfect. Named Livener, Social and Nightcap all these spirits have active plants and ingredients to stimulate your mind creating a similar buzz to drinking alcohol. These can be purchased for £65 with all three spirits.

Three tips to stay sober

These tips are from Very Well Mind, a mental health and wellness platform focused on helping in all aspects of a persons life.

  1. Identify your triggers – When beginning your sober journey its important to understand why you want to stop and what prompts you to drink. From there you can combat these triggers.
  2. Build healthy relationships – Make sure that the network around you support your choice to be alcohol-free. Some people who you may have thought were closest to you could encourage you to drink.
  3. Practice Healthy Living – By becoming sober you are turning over a new chapter. Start a new activity, stay healthy and make sure you are sleeping well.

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)